Preparing to Work in Adult Care – Level 1 Pathway

Ascentis L1 Certificate in Progression plus English and Maths

Length of course

  • 190 Guided Learning Hours. Usually 1 day 38 x 5 hours plus
  • 87.5 guided learning hours in maths usually ½ day 35 x2.5 hours
  • 87.5 guided learning hours in English usually ½ day 35 x2.5 hours
  • Plus a short block placement in an Adult Social Care setting.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at people who are new to, or keen to develop knowledge of working in the adult social care sector.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years of age. You will need English skills at least at Entry 3 in order to put together the portfolio of evidence.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • Principals of communication
  • Principals of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Principal of safeguarding and protection
  • An introduction to duty of care
  • The importance of health and safety, person-centered approaches and confidentiality in adult social care.

Will I gain a qualification?

You will gain a level 1 certificate in progression from Ascentis. You may also have the opportunity to gain an accreditation in English and/or maths. These qualifications can support you in gaining employment.

How will I learn?

You are expected to take part in group and paired activities and discussions. You will build a portfolio of evidence and some independent study and research is expected. You will undertake a block placement towards the end of the course.

What could this course lead to?

Progression advice can be provided by a Learning Support Manager. This can be arranged by the course tutor.

What material or equipment will I need to provide?

Lever arch folder, dividers, pens, paper

Other information

Course completion: Completion is expected within the academic year. Learners whose completion is delayed may be subject to an additional assessment fee.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

DBS checks are carried out on everyone who works with, or trains to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. BAES will carry out these checks before you start a work placement connected to your course along with a right to work check.

For enrolment on social care courses and for your DBS check you must provide original approved documents which give evidence of your identity and address.

To get a full DBS check you must have been a resident in this country for at least five years. If you have not been a resident for at least five years, you must also produce a Statement of Good Conduct (written in English) from your previous country BEFORE you can be enrolled onto a social care course.

If you have a criminal record which may bar you from working with children and vulnerable adults, please discuss this with a member of staff before enrolling as all previous convictions and cautions will be disclosed on your check and this could prevent you from completing your placement.

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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