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Start date: 01/09/2018 - SGS Stroud
End date: 30/06/2019
Duration: 1 year

Day(s): Various
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Early Years and Health & Social Care
Code: 77970
Cost: N/A

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Level 1 Early Years and Health & Social Care

Full time course


This qualification develops an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to provide for young people and children in care. Key elements covered are growth, learning and development, safeguarding and self-development.

What will I study?

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Introduction to health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • The importance of healthy eating and drinking for adults and children
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Protection and safeguarding in health and social care
  • science activities for children
  • Introduction to physical disability
  • Equality and inclusion in health and social care
  • Stress and stress management techniques
  • Craft activities with children
  • Teamwork skills

Maths and English:

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their course.

Work experience

Nine days, comprising three days in each term.


We will be delivering a variety of tasks and projects to prepare you for becoming more employable when you complete this course.

What do I need to join?

You will need two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, in English and maths, be interested in working with children and be able to provide two positive references – one from school and one from an early years setting

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I learn?

A range of teaching methods will be used in the classroom, including: writing, reading, discussions, presentations and work products. There will also be opportunities to partake in activities outside of the classroom in relation to the course.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will receive one-to-one tutorials with your tutor. You will have feedback on your assessment and you will have informal feedback in lessons.

Are there any extra costs?

Learners will be charged cost to cover material fees, which will be used to purchase resources for the course. You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Debarring Services (DBS) certificate for the safeguarding of children, which costs £44 (at the time of print) and that will need to be completed at a College Taster day before enrolling on the course.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the qualification, and by meeting the required progression criteria, learners can progress onto a Level 2 qualification at SGS. Alternatively, learners may apply for an apprenticeship in an associated field. 

What are my career options?

This is a foundation programme and these qualifications do not directly qualify you for work, but they do support you in preparing for your 'next steps' either in training or moving towards working in a childcare or health and social care setting.


Stroud Campus.

Dates & Costs

Level 1 Early Years and Health & Social Care

Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 30/06/2019
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Early Years and Health & Social Care
Code: 77970

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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