Working in care means making a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult care workers need to have the right values and behaviour, developing competence and skills to provide high quality, compassionate care and support. Adult care workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.
Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult care workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or a clinical healthcare setting.

Age groups

16+

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What will I learn?

This apprenticeship will equip you with the knowledge of how to support individuals across a number of areas from mental health to physical care, equipping the individual to deal with day-to-day well-being and healthcare processes.

You’ll learn:

  • The skills required to support individuals with their care needs
  • How to ensure the safeguarding of patients
  • Communication skills
  • How to champion health and wellbeing for the individuals you support and for your work colleagues
  • How to treat people with respect and dignity and honouring their human rights

Assessment

You’ll be assessed on the following:

A situational judgement test: you’ll be presented with a range of real-life scenarios about which you’ll be given multiple-choice questions.

A professional discussion: this is undertaken with an independent assessor and lasts no more than 45 minutes. You can only move on to this once the situational judgement test has been passed. The questions will be available online prior to the exam.

N.B. 20% of the training must be off the job training – details of the elements included in the 20% off the job training are available on request.

Entry requirements

A minimum of maths and English GCSE grade 3/D or equivalent or the ability to achieve a level 1/2 functional skill.

You must achieve Level 1 English and maths prior to taking the final assessment.

Learners with an EHCP will be reviewed on an individual basis

Applicants will also need to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced DBS).

Career and progression

Once you’ve completed this apprenticeship, you can move on to a Level 3 Lead Adult Care diploma. You’ll also be able to explore a variety of careers in the health sector, including care officer, community support worker, outreach development team work, senior care worker, supervising care worker etc.

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