L1 Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care FT – September 2024

Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

What is the purpose of these qualifications?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care are designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on learners demonstrating what they can do rather than what they know in theory. The qualifications give learners the opportunity to acquire and develop generic, transferable and sector-specific skills in order to complete tasks and demonstrate a level of achievement that enables them to progress to further learning. The Diploma gives learners the opportunity to develop a broader range of skills in the health and social care sector.

Who are these qualifications for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care are primarily for all learners who want to continue their education and develop their skills for progression to further learning and, ultimately, to employment. The Diploma is designed to be taken over one year, as a substantial vocational qualification within a study programme.

What does the qualifications cover?

The content of these qualifications has been developed in consultation with further education colleges and other providers to ensure that the qualifications support progression to further learning and training. All learners taking these qualifications will study core units that focus on key transferable skills such as research and planning, time management and working with others. Learners will also take a number of sector units. The content of the sector units offer a broad introduction to the skills and knowledge within that sector allowing the delivery to be practical and active in order to engage the learners.

Course Content

The units planned for this course are: (these may be subject to change)

  • Unit A1: Being Organised
  • Unit A2: Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Unit A3: Working with Others
  • Unit A4: Researching a Topic
  • Unit HSC5: Finding Out About Health and Social Care Services
  • Unit HSC6: Communication Skills for Health and Social Care
  • Unit HSC7: Making Healthy Snacks When Caring for People
  • Unit HSC8: Advising Others about Healthy Lifestyles
  • Unit HSC9: Providing a Creative Activity When Caring for People
  • Unit HSC10: Supporting Others to Use Adapted Equipment Safely

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but all learners recruited should be able to access a Level 1 programme.

Learners are most likely to succeed if they:

  • Have the personal motivation to succeed at this level and to progress to further study and, ultimately, to employment
  • Are willing to improve their maths and English skills

Assessment Methods

  • Assignment - practical/written


The mode of delivery and assessment in the units is designed to build awareness of a sector and the skills required to work in it. Learners will be given contexts and scenarios to help them develop skills and to acquire knowledge through application.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress into a range of areas to include:

  • Level 2 Health and Social Care