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Programme Description


This is a new qualification developed for individuals aged 16+ working in or intending to work in the health and social care sector. 

It is a broad introduction to the industry to support you to progress into employment or further education and training. 

The qualification will provide a thorough introduction to the principles, values and knowledge needed to work in the health and social care sectors with adults, and children and young people. It will provide you with knowledge and understanding of ways of working in health and social care which informs effective practice within this sector. As part of this course, you will also follow a literacy and numeracy skills pathway. This will include Essential Skills Wales Qualification, Agored or GCSE maths/numeracy and English, if you do not have a grade C.

At a Glance

  Full Time

  1 year

  Graig Campus

Programme Features


As part of the course you will be required to attend a work placement for 60 hours.  This is an integral and mandatory part of completing the course.


Programme Content


The qualification covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care and reflects a range of different roles and settings. The content for this qualification includes the following themes:

  • Principles and values
  • Health and well-being
  • Professional practice
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and safety

This course also includes the following:

  • Tutorial program
  • Progress review
  • Literacy and numeracy development through various pathways: GCSE resits, Agored Qualifications, Essential Skills Wales and WEST
  • Be Active

Progression & Employment


This qualification will support you to progress into further study, including the following qualifications within the suite of health and social care, and childcare qualifications for Wales:  

  • Level two health and social care: practice (adults)  
  • Level two health and social care: principles and contexts (adults, children and young people)  
  • Level three health and social care: practice (adults)  
  • Level three health and social care: practice (children and young people)  
  • Level three certificate and diploma in health and social care: principles and contexts

The qualification also supports opportunities into employment. However, it should be noted that in addition to the core qualification, a level two or three health and social care practice qualification is also a requirement for practice.


Method of Assessment


Continuous assessment including four internal scenario-based assessments (four internal scenario based assessments for the adults and children and young people pathway) and one externally-set and marked multiple choice test. 

Entry Requirements


You will need a good reference and suitability for this course will be discussed at interview.

For the level two course will need to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grades A* to C including English language or Welsh first language. Mathematics needs to be at grade E or above. 

Learners progressing from a course at Coleg Sir Gâr will have different entry requirements to include successful completion and engagement on the current programme of study, proven skills development, good attendance levels and a positive reference.

Additional Costs


Enhanced DBS - £44

Uniform (hoodie and T-shirt) - approximately £40

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.