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Your Journey into the
Health and Social Care sector
starts here!

Gain a FREE recognised qualification

Looking to work  or progress your career in the Health and Care sector?

CareShield have partnered with City College Peterborough to assist those on benefits back into employment providing Free fully funded online courses. 

If you are passionate about making a real difference to people's lives and society as a whole these courses will open the doors to new job opportunities in a sector that currently employs over 3 million people.

In less than 10 weeks you can gain a nationally recognised qualification that will open you the doors to new employment opportunities. 

Health and Social Care

The Health and Social Care sector consists of any organisation which provides healthcare support to people.

Over 350 job roles in the Health and Social Care sector

The sector contains pretty much any role you can think of and ones that you’ve probably never thought of, like being a Children’s Play Care Assistant!

There are over 100,000 vacancies at any time in the sector.

You could choose to provide care for a specific group of people such as adults, children, the elderly, families, or those with mental ill health, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, or alcohol or drug dependency.

Social care jobs can be found with a range of employers. These include:

  • local authorities 

  • the NHS 

  • charity and voluntary organisations

  • residential and non-residential care organisations

  • HM Prison and Probation Service

  • private or independent organisations

  • schools, colleges and universities

Upcoming Courses
Starting every month


Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

This qualification develops a basic knowledge of the adult social care sector. It covers the type of job roles and services within it, the role of communication and the importance of valuing the individuals being

cared for.


Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings

This qualification will develop the knowledge and awareness of the types of provision in the Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s sectors. It includes the roles played by workers, from principles and values through to health and safety and working

with others.



Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Setting

This qualification aims to prepare you for tackling the outbreak of infection in hospitals and healthcare settings and how to control infections by aiding you in understanding the many causes of infection and how it can be spread, as well as how you can help control it.s know a little more about you.


Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care


Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

This qualification aims to raise your awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems. This mental health course allows you to gain an understanding of prevalent mental health problems and how to work with or interact with individuals with them.



Level 2 Certificate in the Principle of Working with People with Learning Disabilities

The objectives of this qualification are to prepare learners for employment and to support a role in the workplace where the individual may work or interact with people with learning disabilities. This is primarily for those within healthcare and

social care but may also be

useful to those working in education or housing

support roles.


Level 2 Certificate in the Principle of Dementia Care

This qualification aims to assist learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for those with dementia.
It covers areas such as person-centred care, the influence of positive communication methods,issues relating to the use of medication for those with dementia and the importance of
providing appropriate activities.


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Level 2 Certificate in the Principle of

The qualification is aimed at learners gaining knowledge relevant to working in the Health and Social Care sector. This qualification provides a pathway into the sector for individuals considering a career in Health and Care sector including young people leaving school, the unemployed, those returning to work after a career break or those working in the sector who want to obtain a qualification.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to develop their understanding of the safe
handling of medicines. They may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progress to further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme to complement other studies.


Frequent Asked Questions

Do I need any qualifications to start a course?
No, you do not need any previous qualifications to be accepted onto the course.

How much does the course cost?
These qualifications are 
FREE if you are over 16 years old (18 for Medication course), live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, and are in receipt of Universal Credit or other benefits.


How long is the course and how long will it take me to complete it?

Each qualification is different but you should be able to complete a course in less than 8 weeks.

What support will I get during my course?

The programme will consist of Tutor Led and e-Learning sessions. You will need to meet the deadlines set by your Tutor to enable you to complete the course.


Your Tutor is available to offer support by telephone, email, or video calls so please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to have a chat about anything you are finding difficult.As part of the course, you will work on an Individual Learning Programme where you and your Tutor will record your work.

How will my work be assessed?
Your Tutor will assess and feedback on your assignments and advise if you have passed each section of the workbook or whether you need to revisit any questions.
There are no exams.

The courses are available to adults over the age of 16 who live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough and are in receipt of Universal Credit or other benefits.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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