Course Type: Full Time

First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

  • Course Code AAA0011
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Gateshead College has a real commitment to ensure you are job ready when you leave us and we have excellent links with many health and care employers in the region who will provide you with real life working experience to enable you develop skills and knowledge to show potential employers. As part of your study programme, you will not only gain a qualification, but also you will have an excellent work ethic, attributes and softer skills that can make a real difference to your employment prospects. 


This course is ideal for anyone who wants to progress to employment in the health and social care sector and into jobs such as a care worker, home carer, health care practice manager, a nursing auxiliary or assistant and a residential day care manager. The type of salary you could expect to earn from these professions ranges from £14,000 to £38,000. The course provides a sound understanding of the core topics relevant to aspects of health, care and social care including communication, healthy living and nutrition, rights and needs of others, equality and diversity, human lifespan and anatomy and physiology.


Your teachers are ambitious and passionate about the subjects they teach and have current, vocational experience in the field of health and care. Our teachers maintain their knowledge and skills by returning to industry at least once a year. You will learn and develop your skills by using a range of teaching and learning methods including practical activities, demonstrations and guest speakers, by having an individual learning plan, setting your own targets during tutorial sessions and by teachers ensuring there are opportunities for you to stretch and challenge your learning and development. You will complete a range of assessments including poster and presentation work, assignments, case studies, projects and exams.


You will have access to our excellent practical facilities including IT classrooms, a well-stocked library and purpose built classrooms that contain resources relating to the health care field. You will also complete a supervised work placement with one of our industry partners, for example in a care home or hospital setting, giving you fantastic 'hands-on' experience.


You will follow a study programme, which is much more than a qualification. This will give you an edge in the jobs market or if you are moving onto further study. The majority of your time on the course will include a mix of practical work and theory, all shaped around helping you develop the range of skills and knowledge that will support your progress to employment or to further study. Your study programme will include communication and multi-disciplinary teamwork as part of your class sessions and workshops; you will complete projects that enhance the curriculum including planning and carrying out fundraising activities which will develop skills and knowledge in English and maths. The college will put a programme together which best meets your needs and this might mean working towards a pre-GCSE qualification, functional skills or GCSE English and maths and if you have already achieved this, you will continue building on these skills throughout your programme.


All students on this programme will complete 60+ hours of vocational work experience, this is essential criteria for the completion of the BTEC course. This vocational experience will be in the format of ‘block weeks’ or 1 day a week and will include employer and tutor mentoring and support. You will be required to achieve all aspects of your course as well as the main programme.


Units that you will study will include:



Unit 1 – Human Lifespan

Unit 2- Health and Social Care Values


Unit 9 – Healthy Living

Unit 3 – Communication Skills


Unit 4- Social Influences on Health and

Unit 6 – Nutrition

Unit 7 – Equality & Diversity

Unit 10 – Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders

Unit 11 – Services in Health and Social Care

Unit 12 – Creative, Therapeutic Activities


Following successful completion of your programme of study, you may be able to progress on to Level 3 in health and care (subject to meeting relevant entry criteria) or could enter the world of work in this field.


An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths.

This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced price course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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