What are the aims of this course?
Apprenticeships allow 16+ year olds to start work and earn a wage, while learning new skills that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Advanced Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes apprentices through the skills needed to do a job well. Most of an apprentice's training takes place on the job but they will also have to complete off-the-job training within college either by day release or over a number of days in a block. Health and social care advanced apprentices work towards a work-based diploma qualification that serves as the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements in the social care sector in England. Additionally, they will gain a nationally recognised Edexcel certificate.
What are the areas covered by this course?
Apprentices study one of the following pathways:
- General health and social care
- Dementia care
- Learning disabilities
What qualifications do I need to do this course?
Applicants should be qualified to level 2 in health and social care or have equivalent industry experience. Basic numeracy and literacy skills are also required.
How is the course assessed?
The diploma is assessed through work-based evidence compiled as a portfolio. The certificate is assessed on practical assignments, observation of practice and witness testimonies.
Which qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?
At the end of the programme apprentices will have achieved:
- Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Health and Social Care
- Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
What will I be able to go on to do after I've completed this course?
With further experience you could go on to complete the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Care.
What are the career opportunities?
This qualification confirms competence for roles such as: care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings, community and primary care environments, acute health environments, domiciliary services, day services, and supported living projects. It also confirms competence for community-based care assistants/support workers/key workers, including those working in specialist areas, eg dementia, learning disabilities. It is relevant for personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families and for emerging new types of workers and multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models.