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Health and Social Care (Adults) Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

There are a number of components that make up a Health and Social Care Intermediate Apprenticeship. Here you will find an outline of the qualifications you will achieve and the units and vocational areas you will cover throughout your training as well as other important information such as timescales, funding and what this qualification can lead to.


Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (Adults), which includes:


  • A competence qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • A knowledge qualification: BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1
  • Functional Skills English Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

The apprenticeship is made up of mandatory units which cover the essential skills required for working in a health and social care environment, such as:

  • Communication
  • Personal development
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Duty of Care
  • Safeguarding
  • Role of the Health and Social Care worker
  • Person-Centred approaches
  • Health and Safety
  • Handling information

There are then a variety of optional units to choose from which focus on the specific tasks you carry out within your role which could include:

  • Understanding mental health
  • Understanding dementia
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • Supporting young people
  • Understanding and working with physical disability
  • Supporting individuals to carry out their own health care procedures
  • Supporting care plans
  • Working in partnership with families
  • Emergency first aid skills

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About The Training

Assessment method: There are various methods available that can be tailored to suit your needs, such as:

  • Observation
  • Examination of case history
  • Product evidence
  • Witness testimony
  • Questioning

All teaching, learning and assessment for the qualification will take place in the workplace. There is no requirement to attend college.

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What About The Future?

Progression FROM the Intermediate level Apprenticeship

Learners may progress from this pathway onto further qualifications specific to their work context. A wide range of qualifications are available for use within the social care sector. These may include further apprenticeship frameworks (e.g. Advanced level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care), QCF qualifications or other work-related education and training to support Continuing Professional Development.

Apprentices can also move to other parts of the sector, for example an apprentice specialising in learning disabilities can take a dementia qualification if their job role changes or if they wish to follow career ambitions in another part of the sector.

Progression to professional qualification in Social Care:

Progression to other specific job roles:

  • Assistant practitioner
  • Care manager
  • Officers in charge/registered manager
  • Day services manager

Further Information

Entry requirements: You must be employed in a Health and Social Care environment carrying out Health and Social Care tasks for at least 16 hours per week.

There are no formal entry conditions for this framework.

Potential apprentices should however be willing to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB - Criminal Records Bureau) check. Employers in social care and in the health sector carry out DBS checks, as this is a requirement for those

working in the sectors, and certain offences may disqualify potential apprentices from employment in these sectors and thus automatically preclude them from completing the framework. Potential apprentices should therefore discuss any relevant matters with their employer prior to enrolment.

What to consider at entry

Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. Whilst it is practical to upskill staff, successful

apprentices tend to come with the values and attitudes compatible with the roles they will be working in.

Potential apprentices should have a suitable level of physical fitness and ability to perform some aspects of the job roles. These may, for example, involve assisting in moving and handling of people.

Examples of desirable skills and attributes in potential apprentices could include:

  • motivation to succeed within the sector/s
  • good interpersonal skills, effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • respect for people who use the services as individuals
  • a suitable level of physical fitness may be necessary in order to perform some aspects of the job roles, for example, assisting and moving people who use the services.
  • willingness to undertake training and learning programmes and apply that learning in the workplace
  • the ability to demonstrate that they have the potential to complete the Diploma in Health and Social Care and other qualifications that are part of the Apprenticeship framework
  • willingness and ability to work both long shifts and irregular shift patterns as across the health and social care sectors provision of care has to be available twenty four hours a day
  • willingness to undertake personal care which includes assistance with dressing, feeding, washing and toileting, as well as advice, encouragement and emotional and psychological support
  • an ability to work in small informal teams, demonstrating their listening skills and contributing towards decision making and practice as well as working in more formal teams following procedures
  • a positive non-judgemental and open-minded attitude and value-system
  • a standard of literacy and numeracy in keeping with the demands of the job
  • willingness to undergo a DBS check which is mandatory for all those working directly with patients or service users in the health and social care sectors
  • a driving licence may be considered necessary by some employers

Benefits of Previous Experience and Related Courses

  • Potential apprentices who have already achieved a Young Apprenticeship, the 14-19 Society, Health and Development Diploma or other health and social care knowledge qualifications will benefit from these qualifications and their prior learning. Some may have, for example, achieved Functional Skills.
  • People already working in care or health roles for which this framework has been designed are likely to achieve the apprenticeship more quickly than those new to the sector.

Personal Care and Apprentices Aged Under 18

Apprentices aged 16 and 17 may carry out personal care provided the person receiving care gives consent, they have been suitably trained and are deemed competent by their manager.

This is a statement supported by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and a copy of it can be found on the Skills for Care website: Progression TO the Intermediate level Apprenticeship

Apprentices will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience. As there are no formal entry criteria, apprentices do not have to enter from previous qualification routes. As a guide, applicants may enter via a range of routes including from:

  • school or college
  • work
  • work experience
  • the sector route-way or other entry to employment programmes
  • unemployment
  • training and/or experience which may include a portfolio showing what they have done
  • Health and Social Care NVQ only competence qualification
  • Society, Health and Development 14-19 Diploma
  • a Young Apprenticeship
  • foundation learning at level 1
  • Key Skills or Functional Skills
  • level 1 or 2 knowledge qualifications relevant to health and social care
  • other level 1 and level 2 qualifications

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