Opening Doors | BTEC Health and Social Care | Level 1

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section

Why this course?

Senior healthcare support worker

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

This introductory course is aimed at people who may have been made redundant, are changing careers, returning to work or are unsure about their future career direction. This course enables you to achieve a Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care, leading on to level 2 courses and 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 an experienced tutor and health professional, providing you with individual  support to assist you in finding the right path for your career and life.

Course units: 

  • Week 1: Job opportunities in health & social care
  • Week 2: Investigating rights and responsibilities in health & social care
  • Week 3: Health & social care needs

Assessment: a short assignment on each topic is required for the qualification.

Duration: 3 weeks. Courses run from Monday - Thursday.

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 ?
FE0771-1C 25 Jan 2021 Central Brighton Online 3 weeks £0.00
FE0678-1C 22 Feb 2021 Monday - Thursday 9.30am-3.30pm (Online) 3 weeks £0.00 Apply
FE0679-1C 19 Apr 2021 Central Brighton Monday - Thursday 9.30am-3.30pm (Classroom based course) 3 weeks £0.00 Apply
FE0772-1C 19 Apr 2021 Central Brighton Online 3 weeks Apply
FE0680-1C 07 Jun 2021 Central Brighton Monday - Thursday 9.30am-3.30pm 3 weeks £0.00 Apply

Entry requirements

If the following criteria apply, you qualify for one our free Opening Doors programmes.

  • 19+

  • Unemployed and claiming a means tested benefit (see Cost & Finance tab for more information)

  • Employed and earning less than £17,004.00 per annum

  • Currently seeking work

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. 


This course is also free to those who are currently employed and earning less than £17,0004 per annum. 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. 

Open events

We run various open events throughout the year to enable you to come in to the College, see our facilities and speak with our staff.


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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above. 


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