Pre-Access to Social Care

14 Week Course


Course dates:

24/04/17- 28/07/17

14 weeks/ Full-time course with breaks for half term

at Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us:  01865 759798  to apply

This full-time course is designed for learners that wish to progress with their studies for example to one of our Access to Higher Education courses.  On this course you will learn the study skills required to progress onto such programmes and achieve your goals and aspirations. The course can be residential or non-residential and it involves studying a variety of units that make up a Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Social Care.

Alongside this you will attend Functional Maths and English classes. Functional skills encompass a more practical application of Maths and English and are widely recognised by employers.

The L2 Certificate in Skills for Social Care is accredited by AIM Awards.

Functional Maths and English are accredited by City and Guilds. Both awarding bodies are regulated by OFQUAL.

Students need to attend all the classes and complete all the units described below:

The Level 2 Certificate is an 18 credit qualification and consists of 7 units:

Understanding Mental Health

Investigating a Career

Diet and Nutrition

Eating Disorders

The Sociology of Health


Health Promotion in Care Settings

The Functional Maths consists of one unit:

Mathematics (at appropriate level for student)

The Functional English consists of three units:

Speaking and listening (at appropriate level for student)

Reading (at appropriate level for student)

Writing (at appropriate level for student)

This is a full-time course run over 14 weeks with a break for half term and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to progress to further study and work. This course will involve an attendance of around 20 hours of classes a week and additional time spent on independent self-directed study. You will be expected to work for at least 4 hours a week outside your taught hours.

The diverse range of teaching methods and assessment types allows students to develop a wide range of skills. You will experience tutor directed sessions, group discussion, paired work, online resources and tutorial support.  To increase accessibility, some materials are delivered online, allowing students an opportunity to study in their own time.

Members of staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have extensive experience teaching in their subject areas.

The Certificate is assessed entirely by the completion of the set tasks.

For the Functional Maths there is 1 formal timed assessment.  For the Functional English there are 3 formal timed assessments (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Any applicant should be aware that they will need excellent attendance throughout in order to meet the pace and requirements of the course.

On successful completion and achievement of course you will receive an AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Social Care and City and Guilds certificates in Functional Maths and English at the level that you are working at.

This course will be:

Free for group A students

£300 for group B students

£300 for group C students

Group A students

Students receiving:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) including those receiving national insurance credits only;
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group (WRAG);
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £330 per month and are in one of the following groups – All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group or Work-Focused Interview Group;
  • Other state benefits and earning less than £330 per month;

Or you are unemployed or employed and wish to progress to more stable employment, are earning less than £330 per month and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects.

Or you are 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

Group B students

You are 19-23 and already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are 24 or older and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are not on benefits but are dependent on someone in receipt of benefits.

Group C students

All other students

All fees include tuition, learning resources/materials, accommodation and meals, except where specified. If you have genuine difficulty paying the fees then we may be able to help - please contact 01865 759798 or email


Ordinarily you will need to be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in a country within the EEA for 3 years, excluding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  However, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch as you may be eligible for funding.


If your household income is less than £30,994 we may be able to provide support with childcare costs with a registered childminder whilst you attend the course.  Please ring 01865 759798 for more information.

Additional Learning Support

If you need additional support to help you study, please let us know. We can plan a programme of support for you to enable you to study successfully.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to the course, but you will need to attend an interview and complete a Maths and English assessment.

To apply for this course please complete our Further Education enquiry form and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at

“This course made maths seem approachable and improved my confidence. It has given me the confidence to look at higher education”

“I feel able to pursue studying as I believe this course and generally the staff and people at Ruskin have been so warm and helpful”

“This course gave me a better awareness of self. The tutors made the subjects interesting and it was lovely meeting people with a diversity of backgrounds, abilities and personalities”

This course will help you prepare for an Access to HE programme by providing you with the skills needed to apply yourself to full time study and demonstrate your readiness.  You will study topics relevant to a career in health and social care which will also support future job applications.  You may wish to progress to one of the many degree programmes on offer at Ruskin College following successful completion of this course and then one of our Access to Higher Education courses.