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Level: 4

Location: Other

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This new Level 4 standard comprises:
  • A Level 3 Diploma
  • Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2
  • End-point assessment at Level 4
  • Pathway 1: Practitioner in Children's Residential Care.

Please note: this is not an Early Years qualification.

Entry requirements

You should:

  • Be working in an environment where you are supervising and working with residential children and young people - on a minimum of 30 hours per week contract.
  • Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide evidence of the results
  • Have a good standard of English and maths

Course Content

Along with more information on the Institute for Apprenticeships, you will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • domestic violence
  • membership of gangs
  • missing children
  • online activity
  • radicalisation and the Prevent agenda
  • harm to children and vulnerable adults

You will learn a range of behaviours to adopt depending on the situation and will also cover:

  • the importance of communication to families
  • child, adolescent and adult development
  • the spectrum of the child's or young person's needs
  • how to support families
  • the principles of effective assessment and the importance of analysis and professional judgement.

The course features Functional Maths and English at Level 2 and ICT will be embedded throughout.

There is an end-point assessment.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be undertaken by your assessor and the process will be carefully planned and supported.

The end-point assessment will be underaken by an individual from the awarding body.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A percentage of the cost for the apprenticeship will be met by the employer, depending on the apprentice's age. This will be discussed at the initial stage of enrolment. 

The Diploma itself costs £1,500 - which could be covered by a student loan - if you do not want to do the apprenticeship.

What can I do after this course?

You could consider taking a relevant Level 5 qualification. 

You could also progress you career as a supervisor in a residential environment.

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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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