Opening Doors | NCFE Health and Social Care | Level 1

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section Awarding Body: NCFE Fees (November 2022): £0.00

Why this course?

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  • Are you interested in beginning a new career working with, supporting or caring for people?

  • Have you ever thought about working in Health and Social Care? 

  • Are you looking for a role that is both fulfilling and supports the community?

This course enables you to achieve a Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care, leading on to level 2 courses, and is perfect for people looking to work in the health or social care sector, or who simply want to work in a role supporting other people. The course is taught by experienced tutors and health professionals, providing you with individual support to assist you in finding the right path for your career and life. Short assignments will be required for you to complete to achieve the qualification.

For the November course we have partnered with the employer - Brighton & Hove City Council, Adult Education Hub for the employability element of the course and local Job Centre Plus as part of the government programme called SWAP.

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for various roles as a Casual Care Worker for Brighton & Hove City Council. Brighton Metropolitan College will deliver the training course that will lead to an employment event and interviews in January 2023 with the Care Crew team at BHCC.

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Listen to what our alumni Kane Major has to say about why he would recommend this course:

This course is free to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Please see the Cost & Finance tab for more information. 

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0678-1C 28 Nov 2022 Central Brighton Mon, Wed, Fri | 9.30am 3 weeks £0.00

Entry requirements

If the following criteria apply, you qualify for one our FREE Opening Doors programmes:

  • 19+
  • Unemployed and claiming a means tested benefit*
  • Employed and earning less than £18,525 per annum*
  • If English is not your first language, your language will be at Entry Level 3 or above
  • If you are not UK citizen, you will need to provide a confirmation of EU settlement status or a valid visa

*see Cost & Finance tab for more information

Entry requirements

Progression and career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this Level 1 course you will be able to progress on to further study or seek employment.

Since September 2020:

  • 70% of students on the Health and Social Care Level 1 course have progressed onto Level 2 courses as well as other courses such as "Think Ahead" Fast track Mental Health Social Worker training
  • 35% if students have progressed into employment

Current new jobs for students who completed the course include:

  • Therapy Assistant, Responsive Services NHS
  • Health Care Assistant (various nursing homes)
  • Advisor for a homeless hostel

Course fees

Our Opening Doors courses are free to those currently unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit. 

You will need to provide evidence of your benefit in order to receive a fee waiver for this course. 

We accept the following Means Tested benefits for this course: 

  • Universal Credit
  • JSA
  • ESA
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Council Tax Benefit (not reduction)
  • Pension Credit 

Please note we cannot accept DLA, Carers Allowance, PIP or Tax Credits. 

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:

  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £494 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £782 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)

You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

This course is also free to those who are currently employed and earning less than £18,525 annual gross salary. You will be required to provide evidence of this in order to receive a fee waiver for this course.

We accept the following evidence: 

  • P60
  • Last 3 months payslips
  • Tax Credit notice (for self employed)

Please note you will also need to bring photo ID to your enrolment. 

*FREE* Online short courses

Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.

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