This course will give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate competence in a leadership role in a social care services setting.

The course can lead to managerial/senior positions relating to:
• Residential services
• Day services
• Domiciliary services
• Community-based services

You’ll choose from one of three pathways according to the area you want to focus on. These are:
• Adults’ residential management pathway
• Adults’ management pathway
• Adults’ advanced practice pathway

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

A minimum of maths and English GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent or the ability to achieve a Level 2 functional skill.
You must achieve Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the final assessment.
A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required so you can attend a work placement; this must be applied for before starting the course or during enrolment.

Learners with an EHCP will be reviewed on an individual basis

What will I learn?

This course will help you develop technical skills, knowledge and understanding related to health and social care people’s services such as safeguarding, managing health and safety risks and partnership working.

Work Experience

The apprenticeship is work experience based, so this will depend on the employment contract you agree to.


There are six mandatory units:

Use and develop systems that promote communication

Promote professional development

Champion equality, diversity and inclusion

Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care

Work in partnership in health and social care

Undertake a research project within services for health and social care

You’ll also select optional modules, which vary depending on the adult care pathway you choose.
The modules may include:

Manage health and social care practice to ensure positive outcomes for individuals

Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults

Lead and manage group living for adults

Lead person-centred practice

Recruitment and selection within health and social care settings

Facilitate change in health and social care setting

Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility

Facilitate coaching and mentoring of practitioners in health and social care settings

Manage finance within own area of responsibility in health and social care setting

Understand the process and experience of dementia

Understand sensory loss

Assess the needs of carers and families


You’ll be assessed by:

A portfolio of course work/evidence reviewed by an assessor and qualified by an IQA

Observations made by an assessor

Workshop observation
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.

Career and Progression

Once you’ve completed this apprenticeship, you can go on to further training, including higher education courses in health and social care leadership or those relating to working with children and young people at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
The course can lead to junior level positions across a variety of career areas, including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody or social and community work.

What our students say

Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.

Tomas Miller

Level 3 Music student at Totton College

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