Health & Social Care Apprenticeship: Student Guide

This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles in the Health Care and Social Care fields. The NHS, private sector, local authorities and the armed forces all employ Apprentices.

As an Apprentice in Health Care, you could work in Hospitals, the community, doctors’ surgeries, hospices, private clinics or opticians. You could be supporting doctors or nurses in clinical roles or helping patients in hospital wards or their homes. There are 21 separate qualifications available within the Health Care Apprenticeship ranging from maternity to radiotherapy support.

Social care is about helping people with a particular need, such as those who are disabled or the elderly. This type of care usually takes place in the home or in care homes, and can include anything from helping people get dressed to accompanying to social activities. As an Apprentice in Social Care, you could be a Personal Care Assistant helping someone in their everyday life.

Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for progression onto Higher Education in subjects like Nursing or Midwifery and operating department practitioner roles in the care sector or management roles in Care homes.

The Apprenticeship: What will I learn?

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element. As part of the framework the Apprentice will study the Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care and Young People’s Settings plus Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number at the appropriate level, and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Apprenticeship The Apprentice will achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) and a Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

Module of study include: communication; personal development; equality and inclusion; duty of care; principles of safeguarding and protection; the role of the health and social care worker; implement person-centred approaches; health and safety; information handling.

Advanced Apprenticeship The Apprentice will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults) and a Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

Modules of study include: promote communication, engage in personal development, promote equality and inclusion, principles for implementing duty of care, principles of safeguarding and protection, the role of the health and social care worker, promote person-centred approaches, promote and implement health and safety, promote good practice in handling information.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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