Preparing To Work In Adult Social Care (level 1 Award)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 762 Conc £0 Full £1905

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 09:30 - 15:30 32 UXB 17/09/2019 11/02/2020 CC1600

What will the course cover?

This qualification develops a basic knowledge of the adult social care sector. It covers the type of job roles and services within it, the role of communication and the importance of valuing the individuals being cared for. This qualification provides a pathway into the sector for individuals considering a career in health and/or social care or those returning to work after a career break. It does not confirm competence in a job role but provides an opportunity to develop knowledge about the wider health and social care sector before learners decide whether working in the sector is for them and gain information to make decisions about career progression.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who is thinking about a career in adult health and social care. This qualification will enable learners to develop a basic knowledge of the adult social care sector and is aimed at those learners who wish to explore roles in this field.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

To gain entry to this course, you must complete the interview process. You must also be able to speak, read and write at Entry 3 level. No previous knowledge of Care is required.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Be aware of the adult social care sector; understand and implement the values and principles of adult social care; be aware of the skills and attitudes needed to work in adult social care; be aware of communication in adult social care; be aware of the roles and responsibilities of the adult social care worker.

How is the course organised?

The course will consist of 4.5 hours per week for 32 weeks (2 semesters). Alongside classroom teaching, activities and discussions, you will have 1-1 Tutorial sessions and Professional discussions. Your allocated assessor will visit you twice (minimum) on placement to assess your skills and discuss your practice with the class teacher and other colleagues nominated by you. You will actively take part in class meetings and research activities.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and review the topics covered during the class each week. You should research unit topics, and work on sections of your assignments after each class session. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth Centre. Candidates will be expected to undertake additional study in their own time and complete assignments, including weekly Learning Journals. Homework will be set by your tutor and assignments as set by CACHE will need to be researched and submitted by deadline dates as set by the tutor. You will need to attend placements for a minimum 1 day a week regularly for the course duration. Set aside a minimum of 6 hours a week for study and assignments.

How will my progress be assessed?

A portfolio task has to be completed for all of the units. The portfolio tasks are set by CACHE and internally marked. Your assignments will be marked and feedback given to you. You will complete a learning journal at the end of every teaching session. You will also have a 1-1 Tutorial session and professional discussions with both your course tutor and assessor.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Learners will be able to progress on to the Certificate level of the qualification later in the academic year. There are various career options possible with further training or study in health care, such as employment opportunities or Higher Education to study a relevant Foundation degree (this will be subject to entry requirements of the University applied to). The Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care allows for progression to the Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or opportunities to the work towards the Common Induction Standards.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

All assessment and registration costs are included in the course fee, and we will provide stationery as needed. The recommended text and materials will be given to you when you start the course. You will be responsible for your Disclosure & Barring Services check (formerly referred to as CRB).

What support is available?

There will be tutorials for each student per term. Relevant books will be given to you and periodicals may be available from your local Library Service. You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.