Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) inHealth and Social Care

The Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship supports the progression and development of people wishing to work as frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.

The apprenticeship is made up of qualifications and learning that will provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge required to become competent in their chosen job role. The framework includes a balance of content in technical, caring and interpersonal areas, designed to ensure apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate in today’s care roles.

The programme is delivered in the workplace, and evaluated through a combination of work-based assessments that enable the apprentice to complement skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace with the knowledge gained.

  • Rated outstanding for apprenticeships in our June 2017 ofsted inspection
    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Key Facts

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Start Dates:

Indicative Cost:

College Code: C-AP2ADCW

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

This Apprenticeship programme is designed for those who work or wish to work as a Care Assistant Care Worker, Support Worker, Personal Assistant, Relief Team Worker, Support Worker - Supported Living, Key Worker in Residential Settings, Key Worker in Domiciliary Services, Key Worker in Day Services, Home Care Support Worker, Substance Misuse Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker or Re-enablement Worker.

Course Content

An Adult Care Worker must know and understand:

  • The job they have to do, their main tasks and responsibilities
  • How to support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
  • The main tasks and responsibilities according to their job role
  • Support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
  • The importance of having the right values and behaviours
  • How to promote health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and work colleagues
  • Treating people with respect and dignity
  • Championing health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and for work colleagues and honouring their human rights
  • The importance of communication
  • How to work professionally, including their own professional development
  • Communicate clearly and responsibly
  • Working professionally and seeking to develop their own professional development

Assessment Methods

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the skills, knowledge and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio.

End-point assessment (EPA) is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship. The apprentice must show their learning to an independent end-point assessor and the grades available are distinction, pass or fail.

Test of knowledge using scenarios, Professional discussion relating portfolio of evidence and knowledge, skills and behaviours achieved during the apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices with GCSE grades C/4 or above in English, and Maths are exempt from Functional Skills. If apprentices have grade E GCSE or complete an initial BKSB Assessment at Entry 3 they can complete Level Functional Skills as required alongside their Apprenticeship.

English & Maths

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C). If Maths & English Functional Skills are required, these are typically taught in college in specialist functional skill classes.

Progression Opportunities

This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector, such as Lead Adult Care Worker.

Delivery Model

The Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship is entirely delivered and assessed in the workplace. Average duration is 13 months.

Payment Breakdown

Levy (via Digital Apprenticeship Service DAS) Non-Levy (direct debit arrangement)
Total cost to employer £3,000 £300
Monthly cost £230.77 £25
End Point Assessment £600 £600
Payment Terms 13 Months 12 Months

If an employer has less than 50 employees with the apprentice aged 16-18 at the start of training it is fully funded (no cost to the employer).

*All details correct at time of print. Additional costs may apply

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