Course Information

Who is the course for?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of both employers and employees, which leads to nationally-recognised qualifications for the apprentice.

This training is flexible and is predominantly on-the-job, meaning it takes place on work premises. An Apprenticeship will ensure that the apprentice is properly trained to perform the job they need to do. Anyone can be an apprentice, from a school-leaver looking to enter the workplace to an existing employee who wants to progress in their chosen career.

For those looking for a professional career in the health and social care sector, the Intermediate (entry level), will suit if those interested are already a health and social care worker and they want to increase their skills and take on more responsibility, or just continue their professional development. Or are just starting out in the sector and want to get their first care job.

Apprenticeships are flexibly structured to fit around apprentices' and employers' needs without disruption. They are designed so that, where possible, the work apprentices do as an apprentice during the day counts towards their development and qualification.

What does the course involve?

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications - called a framework.

  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Settings. Apprentices will learn about rights and responsibilities in the workplace
  • Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care will enable apprentices to demonstrate their workplace abilities and prove that they can perform specific job-related tasks
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, flexible to suit all fields across the health and social care sector. Apprentices can choose a pathway of learning that suits their role now or for the future
  • Transferable Skills such as Functional Skills which cover more general work-related skills such as communication (literacy) team working, and problem solving (numeracy) and using new technologies in understanding about the job apprentices are training for

The units are assessed in the workplace by a work-based assessor.

What makes this course special?

A Credit-Based System: the QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework) is the new way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for units (small steps of learning) and enables learners to gain or add onto new or existing qualifications or can offer a work-based solution to specialised learning.

Apprentices can choose from three main pathways that reflect their specific area of work in the health and social care sector.

Generic pathway

  • 24 credits from the mandatory units in Group A
  • a minimum of two credits and a maximum of seven credits from the optional units in Group B
  • at least 15 credits from the optional units in Group C

Dementia pathway

  • 24 credits from the mandatory units in Group A
  • a minimum of two credits and a maximum of seven credits from the optional units in Group B but must complete: DEM 201 Dementia Awareness
  • at least 15 credits from the optional units in Group C

Adults with learning disabilities pathway

  • 24 credits from the mandatory units in Group A
  • a minimum of two credits and a maximum of seven credits from the optional units in Group B but must complete: LD 201 Understand the context of supporting and individual with learning disabilities
  • at least 15 credits from the optional units in Group C but one of the following must be completed: LD 202, LD 203

Choosing optional units

Optional units within the HSC Diplomas are designed to be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners. When planning the units best suited to an individual learner, all units should be considered by title and content.

Placements/work placements

This competency–based qualification is designed to be assessed in the candidate’s workplace as they undertake their normal work role. The evidence must at all times reflect the policies and procedures of the workplace, as informed by current legislation, the relevant codes of conduct and service standards for the sector.

Entry Requirements

An appropriate role in the health and social care sector and initial assessment.

What are the assessment methods?

The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.

Modes of assessment include:

  • Direct observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Case studies
  • Assignments and projects

How long is the course?

The Apprenticeship can be started flexibly at any time during the year, with an expectation that it will be completed within 15 months of starting.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Attendance at College is not required as the qualification is delivered within the workplace current awarding body guidance is five hours independent study per week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

In most cases there are no additional costs for this course.

What are the progression options?

It is anticipated that learners will progress to the Advanced Level 3 programme or a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF), or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds

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