Moving Forward in Health and Social Care and Early Years Entry Level

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC555
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study mode: Full Time

This course is ideal if you are interested in Childcare or Health and Social Care, but have not yet achieved your GCSE in Maths and English Language.  This is a great starting point for a career in Caring.

During your studies you will gain a fascinating view of helping and caring for babies, children, adults and the elderly.  You will be able to take part in our Virtual Baby programme which provides a realistic and practical approach to looking after a new baby.

In addition you during your study programme you will be able to complete functional skills in Maths and English.

You will also be given the opportunity of work placements which our dedicated placement team will set up for you and support you throughout this time.  Placements are located near to your home area and by taking part it will really boost your CV.

To further enhance your studies you will be provided with additional opportunities through our partners.   Blackburn College are proud partners with both East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and The Forest School learning experience.  We are the first College in the country to offer the pioneering and innovative Forest learning experience within a natural outdoor environment. You will take part in outdoor child play activities within a woodland setting.  

Working within Health and Social Care, and Childcare is an extremely varied and rewarding career, upon completion of this entry level you can move onto level 1. 


What will I study?

Through a wide variety of practical lessons you will study:-

  • Introduction to Health & Social Care
  • Introduction to Childhood Studies
  • Virtual Baby programme
  • Healthy living activities.


You will benefit from our work placement scheme, which will be set up for you and located near to your home.

You will be able to  take part in the Forest School experience (outdoor child play within woodland areas)

To boost your skills you can beneift from studying functional skills in Maths and English.

Entry Requirements

You do not need any previous qualification or work experience to attend this course, just a positive reference from your school and a successful DBS check.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams.  Assessments are through a range of activities, for example, photographic evidence, pictures, symbols or words, or through any method that promotes inclusive learning.  Learning support could be available to you, please confirm any support that you may need.

Upon successful completion, you will achieve an Entry Level qualification  and Functional Skills (entry 1,2 or 3) in both Maths and English.

What can I do next?

On completion of the Entry Level course, you will be able to progress onto a number of Level 1 courses at Blackburn College, with a positive reference from your course tutor and from your work placements.

You may also wish to further develop your maths and english skills wihich we can support you with.

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You will study in our £18.3 million Beacon Centre which houses practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities. You will also have full use of the dedicated IT suites, library and resource centre, where you will have access to over 60 computers and 45,000 books. You will also have free WiFi access across the campus.

Enrichment & Employability

All Childhood Studies learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, nurseries, and childrens play centres.  Work experience is a vital part for all of the Childcare programmes and is essential for learners to be successful. You may also wish to take on voluntary work or paid summer work such as Camp America or local play schemes.

Students will have the opportunity to gain first aid quaifications and take part in the virtual baby programme.

Many learners engage in fund raising by holding an end of year musical, coffee mornings and soup kitchen volunteering.