Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (Level 3)

An Apprenticeship in Health and Social care is all about the apprentice putting the needs of others first as they learn how to help those who can’t help themselves.

Health and social care is a combination of sociology, biology, nutrition, law, and ethics. On this apprenticeship not only does the apprentice have the chance to gain valuable experience in a wide variety of jobs, but they will also gain knowledge in an extensive range of subjects and topics.

Health and social care also involves operating in various roles; from job roles in health institutions to those in childcare backgrounds.

People wishing to work on this apprenticeship should enjoy helping others as it is the primary function of their job.

Apprenticeship Information

A Level 3 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care is worth 58 credits

The course consists of between 315 and 447 guided hours of learning.

Entry Requirements

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this apprenticeship. However, an interest in working and helping people is essential.

Apprentices will be expected to have basic numeracy and literacy skills to be able to cope with their job and upon which to build their apprenticeship.

Additionally those candidates who are currently in a health and social role, or have some experience in such roles, are more likely to be successful in their qualification.

What can an Apprentice do with this Apprenticeship?

Learners may progress from this pathway onto further qualifications specific to their work context.

A wide range of qualifications are available 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 within another part of the sector.

What do the jobs at Level 3 involve?

Care officer

This role involves supervision of the work that care workers and other front line workers and operational staff, including volunteers, do. It also usually involves some front line work with service users and the management and implementation of care plans.

Care Supervisor

This role involves the management and implementation of care plans and the supervision of the work of care workers, other front line workers and operational staff including volunteers.

Senior Care Worker or Supervising Care Worker

Apprentices in this role act as a care worker/assistant, with the additional duties of front line supervision and monitoring. The senior care worker will often be in charge of a shift of workers and will take responsibility for the running of the service whilst on duty. Additionally, apprentices will be responding to emergencies and providing guidance and support.

Senior Support Worker

Provide support to the home manager in the running of the home and the supervision of staff. They also provide personal care and support to people who use services.

Relief Team Leader

Apprentices in this job role will play a key role in the delivery of care provision in a formal care setting. They could also be responsible for operational service delivery and implementing contingencies to ensure that standards are met. Duties will include: shift management, administration, staff management and training.

Social Work Assistant

Apprentices will be supporting social workers in making contact with clients and setting up appointments, carrying out routine visits to assess client’s needs, arranging and participating in multidisciplinary team meetings, liaising with other agencies and following up enquiries.

Social Services Officer

Apprentices will be providing assessment and care management services to service user groups, using appropriate resources available. You may be responsible for providing the initial response to routine enquiries and requests for information, advice and discussion of problems or difficulties from people who use the organisation’s services.

Outreach Development Worker

This work involves gaining access to hard to reach communities, disseminating information about the available services and support and linking those in need of care with the appropriate support.

Community Support Worker

This role involves supporting people to live independently in their own homes or in the community. Responsibilities include assessment, provision and evaluation of care and treatment to patients.

Community Outreach Worker

This role involves identifying the need for the provision of a person-centred support to people who use services and live in the community in order to maximise their independence and autonomy within their homes and community. Supporting service users to identify and reach personal goals and aspirations.

Community Development Worker

This role involves providing a range of social, recreational & educational activities with clients and their families reducing social exclusion, helping to monitor, develop and evaluate existing services and working with a caseload of delivery plans with the aim of facilitating clients’ rehabilitation into the community.

Family Support Workers

This role involves assisting families who are experiencing problems, visiting them regularly to offer practical help and support. Apprentices will also be supporting families to access appropriate services and other agencies where necessary, as well as providing front line services such as enhancing home management skills.

Personal Assistant

This role involves personally assisting service users, usually at the service user’s request and at specific times. Duties vary depending on the needs of the service user but often include support at the service user’s place of residence or outdoors.

What will an apprentice learn on this apprenticeship?

Like all apprenticeships this one contains; a knowledge based element, a competence based element, Skills (English and Maths), a module on Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and a module on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).

The knowledge based element of this apprenticeship will take a learner through the basics of leading a team as they learn how to guide people and get a good performance out of them, this will make up the majority of their apprenticeship.

The competency part of this qualification will see the apprentice working in a care setting gaining first-hand experience dealing with and helping people in the workplace.

The skills part of this qualification will bring English and Maths skills up to the appropriate level required to carry out the role.

Finally, the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) part of the course will teach generic skills.  These will be helpful in day to day life as they inform decisions which will affect their personal and professional life.