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.

When you undertake an apprenticeship in adult social care, you will learn all the underpinning KNOWLEDGE you need to do your job effectively, and you will develop the SKILLS and BEHAVIOURS needed to help the people who rely on you from day to day. You will also need to study maths & English at a level appropriate to your apprenticeship, but you may be exempt from these if you have existing qualifications with evidence in an acceptable format.

You will have a structured learning programme including both ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ activities, designed to cover everything you need to learn. Your VTS tutor will meet with you regularly to guide you through your learning and this will be complemented by support from your employer. You will build a portfolio of evidence which will include work you have completed, professional discussion records and observations by your tutor, and you will have plenty of opportunity to put into practice the new skills you are learning. Your progress will be reviewed regularly and both you and your employer will be involved in this process.

The level 2 Adult Care Worker and level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker courses are the new apprenticeship standards, which means that there is a separate End Point Assessment (EPA) process at the end of your training in order to make sure you have acquired all the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to. This is nothing to worry about and we will ensure you are fully prepared for this when the time comes.

You can find out more detailed information about apprenticeship standards and EPA here.

The level 5 Care Leadership & Management apprenticeship has not yet moved to the new apprenticeship standard format and therefore there is no EPA.

It is important that you study at a level which is right for you, so before you enrol we will gather information from you regarding your existing qualifications, past industry experience and job role, and ask you to complete a basic maths & English assessment. Your tutor will then be able to discuss with you and your employer which is the right level for you to study.

Level 2 Adult Care Worker

The level 2 Adult Care Worker apprenticeship is suitable for care workers who are relatively new to the care industry. Job roles could include – Care Assistant, Personal Assistant, Care Worker, Support Worker.

Mandatory Elements:

Level 2 Diploma in Care

The Care Certificate

Maths – GCSE minimum grade E

Or           functional skills level 1

English – GCSE minimum grade E

Or           functional skills level 1

Current DBS certificate

Typical duration: 13 months

Apprenticeship funding band value £3000

Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker

The level 3 Adult Care Worker apprenticeship is suitable as a natural progression from the level 2, or for care workers in a more senior role who have gained significant industry experience. Job roles could include: Care supervisor, Senior Carer, Senior Support Worker, Senior Personal Assistant.

Mandatory Elements:

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

The Care Certificate

Maths – GCSE minimum grade C

Or           functional skills level 2

English – GCSE minimum grade C

Or           functional skills level 2

Current DBS certificate

Typical duration: 18 months

Apprenticeship funding band value £3000

Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership & Management

The level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management is suitable for persons working in adult care as residential managers or assistant managers. Currently available as an apprenticeship framework only, although its replacement apprenticeship standard is under development.

Mandatory Elements:

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children & Young Peoples Services

Typical duration: 18/24 months

Apprenticeship funding band value £2000

For an explanation on funding bands click here