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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme enables you to cover:


  • Adult care practices, principles and standards - including care planning, duty of care, professional boundaries and individual dignity and respect
  • Supporting individual physical and mental wellbeing to help people live as independently as possible - including individual control and choice and person-centred care
  • Safeguarding - including addressing personal rights and safety, dealing with abuse, comments and complaints, and whistleblowing
  • Leadership and team management - including monitoring and reviewing care plans and encouraging others to comply with regulations, policies and procedures
  • Communication skills - including advocacy, confidentiality and verbal, non-verbal and written communication
  • Health and safety practices and standards within a care environment - including dealing with accidents, fire safety, hazardous substances and infection control.

The apprenticeship also features Functional Maths and English at Level 2. Overall, 20% of the programme entails off-the-job training.

Entry requirements

You should:

  • Be working in a supervisory role
  • Have completed and achieved a Level 2 Health and Social Care Certificate - or have extensive relevant experience
  • Have achieved Level 1 qualifications in Maths and English or the equivalent (if you haven't got these qualifications, you will need to be screened and achieve Level 1)
  • Have received a DBS certificate before training can proceed.

Course Content

The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Adult Care Worker includes the:

  • Care Certificate
  • Diploma 
  • Maths and English Level 2 qualifications (which have to be completed before the end point assessment)
  • End point assessment which consists of two parts - a professional discussion and a situational judgemental test.

20% of the programme is off-the-job training which can be completed at work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a range of methods which will be planned and discussed with your assessor and employer.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

You can continue progressing your career in the sector.




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Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse.
As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall.
Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College. She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently.
She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."

I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.

For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.

These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.

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