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. 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 by day release or over a number of days in a block. Health and Social Care 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?
The Apprenticeship covers the following:
- Care planning
- Health and safety
- Moving and handling
- First aid
- Safeguarding vulnerable adults
- Food hygiene
- Communication skills
- Equal opportunities
What qualifications do I need to do this course?
Competition for places with employers can be fierce, so applicants will need to show that they are committed, happy to work as part of a team and individually, and able to use their own initiative.
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 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Edexcel Level 2 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?
On completion of the Health and Social Care Apprenticeship at level 2 apprentices can go on to complete the Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship at level 3.
What are the career opportunities?
Apprentices who have completed their training can work as support workers in social care settings, health care support workers in hospitals or perhaps go on to complete further training in a college or university.