There are a number of components that make up a Health and Social Care Advanced 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.
Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (Adults), which includes:
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:
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:
Assessment method: There are various methods available that can be tailored to suit your needs, such as:
All teaching, learning and assessment for the qualification will take place in the workplace. There is no requirement to attend college.
View the NVQ standards here.
View the Technical Certificate standards here.
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 the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management, specialist level 4 or 5 diplomas or management qualifications, 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.
Advanced level Apprentices can progress to QCF diplomas at level 4 and above (e.g. Higher National Diploma in H&SC or Higher Education), including, where appropriate, opportunities for progression to foundation degrees (e.g. Foundation Degree in H&SC) and higher education certificates.
Progression to professional qualification in Social Care: http://careerpathways.skillsforcare.org.uk/index.html Progression to other specific job roles:
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:
Benefits of Previous Experience and Related Courses
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:
http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/news/latest_news/apprenticeship_week_2011.aspx Progression TO the Advanced 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:
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