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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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Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

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.

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