Health & Social Care

Summary of course

Adult Care Workers are the 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.

These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all Adult Care Workers carrying out their roles:

  • Care: is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
  • Compassion: is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect
  • Courage: is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
  • Communication: good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working
  • Competence: is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support
  • Commitment: to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred

What will I study?

The units you are likely to study include:

Core Units:

  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social care worker; Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
  • Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
  • Handle information in health and social care settings
  • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.

Remaining units and credits will be chosen to suit your business needs and can include:

  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals
  • Introductory awareness of models of disability
  • Approaches to enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks
  • Support individuals to eat and drink
  • Contribute to the care of a deceased person.

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

Evidence is collected in a portfolio and will include monthly workplace observations, professional discussions, witness testimonies, oral and written questions and other evidence appropriate to the job. 20% of the course is requiedd to be off the job. Candidates will have a dedicated assessor to guide and support them through the process.

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is ideal for you if you are employed in the care setting under supervision and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in Care.

Progression and Career Opportunities

  • QCF Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults)
  • BTEC National Certificate in Caring
  • Full time BTEC 90 Credit Diploma

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Specific Course requirements: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above plus you must be employed in a care setting

All suitable applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studies as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You will need to complete an English and Maths assessment at Level 1 and acheive 50% or higher.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Benefits to company:

  • Develop skilled and qualified staff
  • Improve care skills
  • Avoid future skills shortages
  • Increase staff retention
  • Meet your statutory requirements

Benefits to individual:

  • Statutory requirement
  • Gain a national recognised qualification
  • Enhance skills and knowledge
  • Become more productive and motivated

Course fee information


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Emma Warren

Emma Warren

 Emma had to overcome many challenges during her time at Northampton College, but her focus and   determination to pursue a career in special education helped her achieve outstanding results.  Against all...

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