An Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care is all about putting others first as the apprentice learns 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 on an extensively wide range of subjects and topics.
Health and social care also involves operating in various roles, from jobs in health institutions to those in childcare backgrounds.
People wishing to work on this apprenticeship should also enjoy helping others as it is the primary function of their jobs.Apprenticeship Information
A Level 2 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care is worth 46 credits
The course consists of between 319 and 396 guided learning hours.
There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship. However, all candidates will have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (formally a CRB) as people with certain criminal offences, such as indecent behaviour, may be disqualified from this apprenticeship.
Features which may increase the apprentices chances of success in this apprenticeship include empathy, care, motivation, interpersonal skills, a degree of physical fitness, reasonable literacy and numeracy skills, a drivers licence (in some cases) and previous experience.
What can an apprentice do with this apprenticeship?
- The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social care
- Other Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships such as Childcare
- Further education to undertake health, social or other qualifications.
What do the jobs at Level 2 involve?
A care assistant looks after those who find it difficult to look after themselves. They work with children, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or families.
Healthcare Support Worker
Support workers tend to work in hospitals and health clinics partaking in activities such as washing and dressing, feeding, helping people to mobilise, toileting and bed making.
Night Care Assistant
As the name suggests night care assistants do generally the same jobs as healthcare support workers, but during the night.
Personal assistants work closely with one person to help them during their day to day life. Activities could include preparing food and helping with transport as well as those activities asked of healthcare support workers.
What will an apprentice learn on this apprenticeship?
Like all apprenticeships this one contains; a knowledge based element, a competence based element, Functional 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 go through the basics of looking after others.
The competency part of this qualification will see the apprentice working in a care setting as they gain first-hand experience dealing with customers in the workplace and gather first hand evidence to meet the standard of this qualification.
The skills part of this qualification will bring English and Maths skills up to the necessary level required to carry out the role.
Finally, the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) part of the course will teach generic skills which will be helpful in day to day life.