Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
We looked at our current offer in the Health and Social Care sector and saw that there were a lot of units that needed indicative content added or in some cases other amendments to ensure that the Health and Social Care qualifications offered by Gateway Qualifications remained up to date and desirable for centres to offer to their learners.
We carried out a full review of all units that are currently in the ‘Skills for Health and Social Care’ qualification suite. Several new units have been created and others have been updated to ensure that our qualifications are fit for purpose and support progression. We have added indicative content to existing and new units and, in some cases, have amended credit values and guided learning hours (GLH) in response to feedback from centres. For these reasons, we believe that our new ‘Health and Care’ qualification suite supports the changes within the Health and Social Care sector.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 3 credits and at least 3 further credits from Group M or Group O1 – Optional Units: Health and Care.
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M worth a minimum of 3 credits.
Communication in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
Equality and inclusion in health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings
Person-centred support in health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings
Principles and Values in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
Learners may complete 3 or more credits from Group O1 – Optional Units: Health and Care.
Digital Skills for Work
Health and safety in health, social care and children's and young people's settings
Human Growth and Development
Infection Prevention and Control
Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Condition
Introduction to Children and Young People's Development
Introduction to Disability Awareness
Introduction to Learning Disability
Introduction to Mental Health
Introduction to Physical Disability
Introduction to Sensory Loss
Introduction to a Healthy Lifestyle
Introduction to the Physical Care of Babies and Young Children
Planning a Healthy Diet
Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care for Adults and Children and Young People, Early Years and Childcare
Service Provision and Roles within Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
Supporting Healthy Eating and Drinking in Health and Social Care
The Development of Children and Young People Through Play
Understand the Importance of Engagement in Leisure and Social Activities in Health and Social Care
Working with others in health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification provides an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to health and care.
It is anticipated that this qualification will be of specific relevance to:
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a particular vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer.
• young people on traineeships who are working at level 1 and are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a traineeship.
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at level 1 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 2.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
The choice of mandatory units includes at least one of:
• Communication in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
• Person-centred support in health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings
• Equality and inclusion in health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings
• Principles and Values in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in health and care before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 2 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in health and social care such as care worker, community carer, and assistant youth worker.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 2 certificate or diploma in Health and Social Care, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Health and Care.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.
Learning Aims Search
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From 1st July 2021, the Hub will be replaced by a new Find a learning aim (FALA) service. This service is currently in BETA so if you experience any issues with finding funding details, please double check on the Hub above, or contact your account manager.
How to find a learning aim
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We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.