Social care and support

Social Care & Support Courses in London and Online

Supporting people is rewarding work with increasing opportunities. Here at City Lit, we can help guide you through your first steps or you can develop your career further with our wide range of stimulating courses.

What we do:

Our care and support courses are aimed at those wanting to help others in areas including, adult social care, mental health, youth work, childcare and information, advice or guidance. We welcome applications from those with lived experience in these areas and we work closely with organisations and charities all over London to provide opportunities for learners to make a difference.

Our specialist tutors have first hand knowledge as professionals in their field, making lessons relevant and engaging.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Our stories:

The partnership work of the care and support team was recognised in the Mayor of London’s ‘Skills for Londoners strategy' in June 2018.

Lorraine appeared to be very confident and outgoing, but after a challenging few years she felt she had few options. She was in her fifties, had struggled with alcohol misuse in the past, and was living in temporary hostel accommodation. Lorraine was supported to sign up for an accredited Digital Skills course being run at Thames Reach Employment Academy in partnership with City Lit. Lorraine has since gone on to study Health and Social Care at City Lit and hopes to work in the sector, supporting other people the way that she felt she has been supported. In January 2018, she moved into her own flat. She is volunteering with Thames Reach – and has applied for the Thames Reach paid traineeship.

Lorraine says: “I have had to work hard and it hasn’t always been easy. The difference is that I felt people believed in me.”

We are also proud of our learner Nicola who successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness and win the City Lit Well-Being Award.

See the video below to hear Nicola’s story:

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  1. Introduction to information, advice or guidance
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is information, advice and guidance? This short course will introduce you to the principles of IAG and prepare you for our level 2 certificate the subject. If you are thinking about taking the level 2 certificate in IAG or working in an environment where you will be required to provide information, advice or guidance then this course is an essential requirement. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Level 1 adult social care
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you considering a career in adult social care? Do you want to find out more about different roles and feel confident in applying for volunteering opportunities? This course will develop your understanding of the responsibilities, values, skills and attitudes needed. It aims to give you an introduction into adult social care and is recommended if you would like to take the level 2 in health and social care or other level 2 care course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £499.00 Concession £0.00
  3. Level 2 Award in Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    PMLD is when a person has a severe learning disability and other disabilities that significantly affect their ability to communicate and be independent. This Award will be of interest to people already working in this field or who are looking to move into this area of work.



    This course aims to develop your understanding of the needs of people with PMLD and to equip you with the skills to effectively support, respond to and engage individuals with PMLD.



    “A person’s ability to communicate is not dependent on their being able to master certain skills, it is dependent on our ability to listen and communicate responsively” Jo Grace, The Sensory Projects. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £143.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Level 1 awareness of mental health and well-being
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 4 people experience mental ill-health at some point in their lives. That's why the right support needs to be available to allow those with poor mental health to get back to being their best selves. This course is for people who want to find out more about mental health and well-being, in relation to their own mental health and others they may wish to support or work with. We highly recommend taking this course if you are thinking about applying for the understanding working in mental health course (KMA12). Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £0.00
  5. Level 2 Understanding working with people with mental health issues
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you currently work in the mental health field, or are you interested in getting into this area? This course will increase your understanding of mental wellbeing and mental ill health. You will investigate the common signs and symptoms of mental health issues as well as exploring the range of agencies involved in the sector. You will identify best practice in planning care that supports people holistically. The course is particularly useful if you are studying or hoping to work in support work, care work or mental health. Applications are encouraged from learners who have used support services or have experienced homelessness. On successful completion you will achieve the level 2 understanding working with people with mental health needs certificate. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £0.00
  6. Level 1 community action/community project planning
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you have a great idea that could change your community? Would you like to help and inspire other people? This course is everything you need to start your own community action project. Delivered by an experienced project manager and community leader. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £419.00 Senior fee £419.00 Concession £0.00
  7. Level 2 certificate in health and social care
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Health care is the treatment of health and medical conditions in hospitals, health centres and in the community and social care is the care and support of vulnerable people. The level 2 certificate in health and social care will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of the core areas in health and social care. This is ideal for those who are interested in health and social care and wish to gain a formal qualification. This qualification may support your progression into a range of jobs in the health and social care sector, including: care support workers in residential care settings, health care assistants in community or health environments, care support workers in supported living or day services or community based support workers. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £529.00 Senior fee £529.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Level 2 award youth work
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Level 2 award in youth work provides learners with the knowledge and skills they need to progress into a career in youth work practice. This qualification is designed for people who are already working in a youth work environment (public, voluntary or private sector, paid or unpaid) in an assisting or supportive role and who are supervised. If you aren't in a role already, we can help you to look for and apply for places suitable to you. Feel free to contact us for information about this course: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £488.00 Senior fee £488.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Level 1/2 Leadership in care and support
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you been working in the health, social care, youth or community sector for sometime? Or have you been volunteering and would like to gain paid work? This course will help you to develop your confidence and skills to apply for roles that have more responsibility.



    This course comprises of 2 qualifications. The level 1 award in developing confidence and self awareness, and the level 2 award in leadership skills, so on successful completion of this course you will receive two certificates. These have been chosen to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to progress into leadership roles in health and social care based roles.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £0.00
  10. Children and young people's mental health
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The emotional health and well-being of children is just as important as their physical health and well-being. In 2016 10% of 5-16 years olds were diagnosed with a significant mental health illness. This course will introduce you to the concepts, impacts and approaches to supporting child and youth mental health. It is aimed at those working with children or interesed in the mental health of children and young people. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £0.00
  11. Information, advice or guidance: level 2 certificate
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online





    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £0.00
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  12. Supporting individuals with disabilities or learning difficulties
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is an introductory course, suitable for people who are interested in working with individuals with learning difficulties or disabilities. This could include working in community and volunteering roles or working in education, leisure and employment support. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Level 2 Award in peer mentoring
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The level 2 award in peer mentoring has been developed for learners who want to be peer mentors, giving support to other individuals to enable them to make changes in their lives. The qualification provides an understanding of the peer mentoring process and the key skills used in peer mentoring. You will learn about peer mentoring with young people, people with mental health issues, addictions, homelessness and those who have experienced challenges in their lives. We welcome applications from those who have lived experience in these areas. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £0.00
  14. Working with vulnerable children, young people and families
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online





    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £0.00
  15. Managing challenging behaviour
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you work in a setting where you find yourself dealing with individuals who present challenging behaviour? Do you want to feel more confident in understanding and responding to challenging behaviour? This is a practical, one-day course where you will gain strategies to diffuse and de-escalate challenging situations and develop incident and risk management skills for your workplace. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £0.00

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