Introduction to the Health & Care Sector

Course aims

This qualification will help to increase your awareness and understanding of the underlying principles, which govern the work of people who work on the front line in Care and Health Care establishments.  It will introduce key areas surrounding health and care work, provide insight into the challenges and develop the skills required to progress into employment in the sector.

What could these courses lead to?

This course could be a helpful introduction to essential principles when working in health or care settings, especially in the COVID-19 situation. The UK government has launched a new campaign called ‘care for others’ to encourage those that want to support others to make a difference within Health and Social Care. Progression could include accredited further education courses and could lead to work as a health care support worker, personal care assistant, care home worker or nurse.

In 2019-2020, the average salary for

  • Mental health support work is £18,105 per year
  • Care Worker jobs is £17,200 per year
  • Healthcare Assistant within the NHS is £16,462 per year
  • RG Nurse is £24,861 per year
  • Registered Care Manager with CQC is Registered Manager jobs is £32,550 per year

Course length

30 hours – usually 10 weekly sessions of 3 hours

Learners will spend the first 2 weeks completing a free separate short course (6 hours) in preparing for placement. This will allow learners to gain essential skills and to provide an overview of what to expect when working in schools. Successful learners then progress to. the main course.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who would like to develop their own understanding of working in the Health and Care sectors.

Entry requirements

You must have English skills at level 1 or above.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • Communication and handling of information in health and care settings
  • Personal development and responsibilities of a social care and health care worker
  • Person centred approaches and duty of care
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Safeguarding and protection of people
  • Understanding mental health problems

Interview and Initial Assessment

You will need to complete a written assessment and undertake a one to one discussion prior to enrolling onto a course. This is mandatory for all learners. Call our Information Line on 0121 303 4318 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment.

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