Level 1, BTEC Extended Certificate

Duration: One Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

Seevic -early -yearsThis course will see you gain the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to care for children and other vulnerable people in the Health & Social Care sector.

You will learn how to respect and value individuals, plan creative activities and learn about what makes a safe environment for different groups of people. 

The main focus of the programme is the development of functional skills in; maths, English and personal social development (PSD).This course is ideal for you if you like people and looking after others.

  • If you’d like to study a Level 1 course but aren’t sure what you’d like to do in the future, you can try a variety of courses throughout the year whilst developing your English and Maths skills.
  • Upon successful completion of the Foundation Learning programme, you will be able to continue to a Level 2 qualification in any of the areas you have experienced.


Mandatory units studied are:

  • Self reflection
  • Career planning

The course also includes work experience, PSHE tutorials and one-to-one tutorials.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will work individually and in groups, taking part in practical activities, visits and meeting guest speakers. Assessment is entirely assignment based on your practical experiences. During your English lessons you will practice developing your communication skills including interview skills.

During Maths lessons you will focus on areas you find difficult and develop these during practical lessons to help you relate the learning to real life situations. In your Personal and Social Development sessions you will set your own targets and develop life skills and independence skills through a variety of activities including trips to activity centres, driving a car, residential weekend trips and participate in mock interviews and work experience activities.

Why Should I Choose Seevic College?

  • Trips to see different care settings in action
  • Tutors with social work and health & fitness experience will bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to the classroom to help you understand the expectations of employers
  • The college has excellent links with local care providers and Basildon Hospital
  • Opportunity to attend a residential placement to develop your independence skills. 

What Could I Do Next?

  • This qualification can lead to further study, such as the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care or Children’s Care, Learning & Development.
  • You could choose to go straight into employment or begin an Apprenticeship, Traineeship or Supported Internship programme dependent on your individual needs.

Former Student Success

Former Level 1 Care student Courtney has worked very well gaining her English and Maths which allowed her to progress from Level 1 to Level 2 Childcare; she is now studying Level 3 and hopes to go into paid employment in the near future. 

General Entry Requirements

GCSE grade E/2 or above in English and Maths.

Specific Entry Requirements

The ability to contribute and benefit from the programme of study. A keen interest in people and a caring disposition. 

Additional Costs

  • You will need to be organised, have a USB stick and general stationery
  • You will need access to a computer and you may want to purchase specialist programmes to use at home, though programmes and private study areas are available for you to use at the College
  • You will have the chance to attend trips and visits, as well as a residential placement, to develop your confidence and independence skills.


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