Course overview

Child and Health Care Level 1 City of Bristol College

This one-year vocational course will introduce you to the child and health sector. It will help you develop skills to progress onto a subject-specific Level 1 course, a Level 2 course, an apprenticeship or employment.

You will complete a Level 1 BTEC Introductory Vocational Studies qualification and develop your employability skills.

You will also learn English and Maths at the right level for you. This course is for school leavers aged 16-18.

Health and Social Care students aged 18 and over who wish to undertake a placement in any CQC registered setting are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for school leavers aged 16-18.

If you’re interested in childcare or healthcare, this course is an ideal stepping stone towards achieving your ambition.

What you'll learn

During this vocational course, you will:

  • complete a series of child and health care assignments.
  • learn how to organise yourself and develop a Personal Progression Plan.
  • develop your employability skills.
  • undertake volunteering or work experience.

How will I develop my English and Maths skills?

  • If you already have a GCSE Grade 2 or 3 in English and Maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills, you’ll be supported to achieve a higher grade of 4 or above.
  • If you’ve already achieved an entry-level Functional Skills qualification, you will progress to the next entry level or to Level 1 Functional Skills if you’ve already achieved Entry Level 3
  • If you don’t have any English or Maths qualifications, you will be individually assessed and placed at the best level for you to succeed. You can also book into Study Plus if you need extra support.

Course entry requirements

Our entry requirements for Level 1 are:

  • Two GCSEs Grade 2 (E) including Maths or English


  • Entry 3 Maths and English Functional Skills

We can also consider successful completion of any Entry 3 or another Level 1 vocational qualification.

You will need to attend an informal interview. Please bring a recent school report and record of attendance.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This is a one-year, full-time course. You will be expected to attend college for three or four days a week.

During this course, you will be assessed in a variety of different ways to give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your skills throughout the year.


Future career and study opportunities

You could progress onto a Level 2 course, an apprenticeship or employment.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery. 

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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