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The college will remain CLOSED tomorrow (Friday 15 January 2021) due to adverse weather and the likelihood of ice.

Students due to attend the Derby Road campus tomorrow (specifically, those with an EHCP, disability, learning difficulty or other vulnerability, or children of key workers who have chosen to access the site) should log-on to Microsoft Teams for their timetabled online lessons. We will be back to normal on Monday (18 January 2021) for those students eligible to attend on site. College buses and special transport will operate as normal from Monday.

Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Setting - Level 1


This is a 37-credit qualification that consists of 20 credits from mandatory units and 17 credits from optional units. Some of the units will cover:

  • the range of service provision 
  • the roles within the service provision
  • values and principles
  • equality and inclusion 
  • protection and safeguarding
  • healthy eating
  • mental health
  • physical disability

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Entry requirements

This is only avaliable to 16-18 years

Four GCSEs with at least grade 2/E plus English and maths with grade 3/D; or an Entry Level qualification with a minimum of two units achieved at Level 1, and a standard of literacy/numeracy appropriate to this level of study. Plus a DBS check.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements.


Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)4082A1269FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including projects, presentations, posters and assignments.

What will I study?

As well as studying the CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings.

Develop the skills, knowledge, techniques and personal qualities essential for a successful performance in your working life.

You may undertake a work placement as part of this course to prepare for a career in this sector.

Study communication, human lifespan development, healthy living, creative and therapeutic activities, and equality and diversity.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Call us on 0808 100 3626 for an application form or apply online.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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