About the course
The Progression to Care course is aimed at young people who are interested in working in the care sector - either health and social care or childcare. This level 1 course gives a very basic understanding of the care industry and helps students to decide whether a career in this area is the right choice for them.
A large aspect of this course is to develop your confidence and core skills - teamwork, resilience and confidence.
Alongside this course you will continue to study maths and English at the right level for you.
There are no formal entry requirements. Applicants will be interviewed by a member of the course team. It is important that you are motivated and interested in working in the care sector.Please be aware that level 1 is very much a stepping stone onto our level 2 programmes, either in childcare or health and social care. Because these courses are training young people to work with vulnerable members of society - the elderly and children, progressing students must be fit for practice and have a clear police record. Students with significant mental health or social issues may not be suitable for the Progression to care course because they will not meet the criteria to progress onto level 2 the following year
This course will give you a level 1 Progression certificate, providing a stepping stone onto level 2 study, either via apprenticeship in the work place or on our full time classroom courses at the college.
What you'll learn (core modules)
The aim is to give you a good basic understanding of the childcare and health sector; the values, skills and knowledge that are essential for work in this field. Units include:
Confidence and team building
Personal study skills
Creative activities with children
Employability skills in the care sector.
In addition, any students aged 16 to 19 who does not have a GCSE A* to C (Grade 9 to 4) in Maths and English will need to continue studying these subjects alongside their course.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
This course will prepare you for employment and further training in the childcare or health and social care sector. This course will give you the confidence and resilience needed to be successful.
How will I be assessed?
All of the units are portfolio based. Students will create work packs using a variety of assessment methods. The course is designed for students to be able to complete all their assessed work in class with the tutors. There is no expectation of homework.
In the summer term, the students are given some level 2 work to help them decide whether they wish to progress onto level 2 courses.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
West Suffolk College.
You will also do at least 40 hours of work experience in a setting of your choice. This is organised by the students with support from college staff where required.
Where will the course take me?
Once you have completed the progression to care course, it is possible to be interviewed for the level 2 programmes, either in childcare or health and social care. A positive reference from the teaching staff and excellent attendance is expected.
Students can also pursue apprenticeship opportunities after this course.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Students will need to have their own college stationery for classes - paper, pens, a folder etc.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Do come along to one of the college open events which is a great opportunity to meet the course tutors, ask more questions about the course and meet current students. If you would like to apply, this can be done via the college website.
Days & times
Starting September 2020