To work in adult social care is to make a positive difference to a person’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Care workers are the unsung heroes of our community, providing day to day care to the most vulnerable people in society.

If you are currently working in adult social care and you are interested in undertaking a work based qualification, you’ll want to explore your options. The government provides funding for apprenticeships, but if this route is not for you, rest assured you can still obtain a nationally recognised, industry approved qualification with VTS. In fact there are some benefits to studying a ‘stand-alone’ qualification. For example -

  • There is no minimum timeframe to get qualified. Although there are certain guidelines, if you put the work in, you can progress significantly faster than those studying a similar course via an apprenticeship
  • You do not have to be employed for a certain number of hours per week…… in fact you don’t have to be employed at all, you can be a volunteer. As long as your duties in the setting match the qualification you want to study, you can enrol.
  • Your employer does not have to financially contribute to your study and therefore you will not be tied to them after you are qualified.
  • There is no maths and English to worry about

You will have a structured learning programme and an individual learning plan. Your VTS tutor will meet with you regularly to guide you through your learning and you will build a portfolio of evidence which will include work you have completed, professional discussion records and observations by your tutor. You will achieve your qualification when your portfolio contains all the evidence required by the awarding body (City & Guilds).

There are qualifications at levels 2 – 5 available for you:

Level 2 Diploma in Care

Suitable for care workers new to the industry working mainly under supervision

Nine mandatory units plus a wide choice of optional units

Duration: 9/12 months

Funding type available: Private Funding - £1500

Please see our funding pages for details

 

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Suitable for care workers in a more senior role and a natural progression from level 2

Nine mandatory units plus a wide choice of optional units

Duration: 12/15 months

Funding type available: Private Funding £ 2000 or 19+ advanced learner loan £2225

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

Suitable for care workers progressing up the career ladder and a good stepping stone between the level 3 and the level 5 management qualification.

Twelve mandatory units plus a wide choice of optional units

Duration: 15/18 months

Funding type available: Private Funding £2500 or 19+ advanced learner loan £2882

 

Level 5 Diploma in Care Leadership and Management

Suitable for managers or their assistants in various settings within the care industry. Learners can choose either adults management, adults residential management or adults advanced practice, depending on their actual job role.

Ten mandatory units plus a wide choice of optional units

Duration 15/18 months

Funding type available: Private Funding £2500 or 19+ advanced learner loan £2882