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Level 1 Health And Social Care Qualifications – All You Need To Know

Level 1 Health And Social Care Qualifications

Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications could give you the opportunity to kick-start a fulfilling career in the caring professions.

Choosing to study for a Level 1 Health and Social Care qualification (an award, a certificate or a diploma) is ideal if you’re thinking about opting for a career in health and social care. What you study and learn in Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications will cover the basic things you need to know when you first start working in the sector. You will then be able to build on your knowledge and take further qualifications while you’re in the job.

How do I know whether Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications are right for me?

Taking Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications is the ideal choice if you’re hoping to start a career working with adults in this sector – or if you know that you want to work with children.

You can choose the specific Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications you want to do – units include communication, health and safety, safeguarding, duty of care and the role of the social worker in that will enable you to gain the knowledge that you require in specific areas.

You will study for Level 1 Health and Social care qualifications in a variety of settings, not just in the classroom. You’ll be assessed by doing assignments which are set externally but marked by tutors at the college you attend.

Information on Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications

www.Stepintothenhs is a useful website that provides information on the different roles within the NHS, and tells you about the necessary entry requirements you’ll need for studying Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications. There are also video stories and case studies with information from people currently working in a variety of specialist health and social care areas.

There are many pathways into a career in the health sector.  Your chosen entry route does not mean you have to stay on one pathway – once you are in employment there are lots of different progression routes. After completing Level 1Health and Social Care qualifications, you could choose to go directly into work and train on the job through doing an apprenticeship or other on the job training and gain vocational qualifications (NVQs) and even progress to degree level.

Available Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications

There are three different types of qualification you can achieve at Level 1, depending on how many units you study. These are called an award, a certificate or a diploma. Each option provides an introduction to working in the relevant area of health and social care and units include: Awareness of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The Introduction to the Role of the Social Care Worker and Awareness of Duty of Care.

Basic Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications

These qualifications can help you get started in a wide range of health and social care roles:

Level 1 Award in Preparing to work in Adult Social Care

Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Progression after completing Level 1 Health and Social care qualifications

Once you have finished a Level 1 Health and Social Care qualification you could progress on to do a Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification. Alternatively, you could seek employment in a caring sector or move on to further study in a related vocational subject.

You can find out more about careers and qualifications in the health and social care sector by going to the Skills for Care website and the Skills For Health website.

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