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Skills for Vocational Studies in Care Level 1

Our skills for Vocational Studies in Care is a one year full time Level 1 course starting in September.

The course provides an opportunity to achieve an OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies and is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to progress onto a Level 2 vocational qualification.

The course is an ideal starting point that provided you with transferable study and organisational skills in order to progress to the next level. You will study elements from Health and Social Care and Early Years (Childcare). This will provide you with a broad understanding about each subject and will allow you make an informed decision about progressing to your chosen subject area.

In order to complete a full Study Programme, which is required by the Department for Education for 16-19 year old students are not yet at a Level 2 standard, you will also study Functional Skills in English and Maths and will be required to undertake work experience and get involved in various enrichment activities offered at the college.

You do not need to have GCSEs in order to join the course and upon successful completion you will be able to progress to a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care or Early Years (Childcare) at Richmond upon Thames College.


 Exam Board: OCNLR


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code O1CVSF/RTA/1 / 10001

    Start Date Friday 09 Feb 2024

    Level 1

    • What will I study and learn?

      The course has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to progress to vocational study, in Health and Social Care or Early Years (Childcare). This will enable you to develop a firm foundation for successful progression to a Level 2 vocational qualification. You will also study maths and English as part of your study programme.

      The course is taught in units covering the following subjects:

      Introduction to Study Skills

      • Following Instructions
      • Problem Solving Skills
      • Improving Personal Productivity
      • Resilience Skills
      • Action Planning for own Development

      Early Years Units – 10 credits

      • Human Growth and Development
      • Practical Health and Safety when with Young Children
      • Understanding Play
      • Understanding Safeguarding in Early Years Settings

      Health and Social Care Units- 10 credits

      • Person-Centred Support in Health and Social Care
      • Understand Principles and Values in Health and Social Care
      • Introduction to Communication in Health and Social Care
      • Planning a Healthy Diet
    • How is the course assessed?

      The course is assessed through the completion of course work.

    • What skills will I need for the course?

      It is important that you can act independently and safely with children. For this reason, you will need 2 personal references, in addition to the usual reference provided by your school. This needs to show a satisfactory commitment to working with children of this age. School work experience in child care, voluntary work in play schemes, babysitting or any other experience of working and helping children would demonstrate this commitment. All prospective students are interviewed by a member of the child care teaching staff.

    • What formal entry requirements will I need?

      English and/or Maths at grade 2 (or equivalent) or above and a successful interview.

    • What could this course lead to?

      On completion of the OCNLR Level 1 Qualifications in Skills for Vocational Studies learners will have the required skills and knowledge in learning and vocational areas to progress to Introducing Caring for Children and Young People Level 2, or the Health and Social Care Level 2.

      The qualifications form the first step in a clear progression route through to vocational learning or higher education.

      Alternatively, learners may progress to employment in entry level roles.

    • Are there any costs involved?

      This course is free for all 16-19 year olds who have no former Level 1 qualification.


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