This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop the fundamental technical skills and underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in their job role. These cover issues such as duty of care, safeguarding and promotion, responsibilities of a care worker and the promotion of person-centred care, equality and inclusion, communication, personal development and health and safety.
You will also:
In order to register for this qualification, it is expected that learners will have qualifications and/or experience in the health and social care sector equivalent to Level 2. They should also be over 18 years old.
The units in this qualification are assessed through an internally and externally quality-assured portfolio of evidence gathered during the course of the learner’s work. Each unit has specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria. To pass each unit, the learner must:
The learner must have an assessment record that identifies the assessment criteria that have been met. The assessment record should be cross-referenced to the evidence provided. The assessment record should include details of the type of evidence and the date of assessment. Suitable centre documentation should be used to form an assessment record.
Mandatory units are worth 18 credits. Optional units - which the employer, student and assessor will agree and choose - are worth 30 credits.
There are observations, professional discussions, questions, witness testimonies and products of work. You will be supported throughout by an assigned assessor.
Costs for all resources, registration, certification and support from a competent assessor are £2,880. These can be met through a student loan or you may be eligible for adult funding.
Learners who achieve the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (England) can, having achieved all other specified requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard, progress to achieving the full apprenticeship certification that confirms their competency in the job role.
They can then choose to progress to the Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care apprenticeship, higher level qualifications in care, or specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work. Achievement of the Level 3 qualification, together with additional training, can also support progression to job roles that require a more complex set of skills and responsibility such as lead practitioners or lead personal assistants.
Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.
But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.
Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.
A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.
And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.
Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.
Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them
I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.
It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'
It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.
I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.
It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.