Dennis Shaw

Dennis Shaw

I enrolled with Merton Adult Education on an English Entry 3 course in September 2017 which I passed. This made me look at other courses available to me to pursue a career.  I have completed Health and Social Care Level 1 and am now taking an English course Level 1.

I feel very secure at this college and my confidence has grown. I am very happy at the college and it is welcoming. All the staff are really helpful. My teachers give me excellent feedback and are very encouraging. I think the facilities are really good and I enjoy using the library. The library staff are very supportive too.

My aim is to take Health and Social Care Level 2 in September and then get a job in the Health Sector as a nurse.

Tammy Rowles - Health and Social Care

Tammy Rowles

"Completing the Level 1 qualification gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities and am now certain that I want to work in this field. On the course, we explored many different job roles in care and what qualifications are required for different roles.

When I complete my Level 2, I aim to have decided which profession I’d like to pursue, although I’m already leaning towards becoming a health care assistant. I’m extremely grateful to have been given a chance to study and gain qualifications this late in life."


This course will prepare you for work in health and social care by focusing on practical, work-related skills which you develop by completing projects that are based on realistic workplace situations. You'll have the opportunity to carry out work experience in a variety of health and social care settings. You'll have the chance to hear from professionals - like midwives and nurses - who are already working successfully in this area. They'll talk to you about their career path, the sorts of skills and behaviours you should demonstrate and what opportunities there are for people prepared to work.

Units include:


  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development Knowledge
  • Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care


You'll need to pay for your DBS check. This is normally paid at enrolment.


Continuous assessment by portfolio building and workplace observation to look at your practical skills. There are two external assessments.

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs A*-D/9-3 including English or maths; OR a relevant Level 1 qualification plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.

If you don't meet all the entry requirements for this course don't worry - you can still apply. You may need to take a preparatory Level 1 course with us first to pick up all the skills you need for further study. We'll discuss this at your interview.

Next Steps

You can progress to a Level 3 course for better job prospects or take up an apprenticeship.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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