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Level: 4

Location: Other

Years: 2

Weeks: 104


Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 0.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Exams (£): 1800.00**

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You could be working in a number of settings such as a children’s home, a residential special school or a secure children’s home. The children might be living on their own or in a larger group.

Your role will involve taking the lead in developing and delivering the child's placement plan and working with the child to support their health, education, social and day-to-day needs. You will play a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential.

The apprenticeship involves:

  • A Level 3 Diploma 
  • Maths Level 2 Functional Skills 
  • English Level 2 Functional Skills
  • Level 4 End-point Assessment 
  • 20% off-the-job training to be competed prior to the Diploma 


Entry requirements

You need:

  • A good standard of English and maths, with screening to be above Level 1
  • Employment in the sector for 30 hours or more a week
  • Prior experience 

Course Content

  • To gain the skills and knowledge to support young people in a residental setting
  • To understand and carry out the legislation within that area 
  • To gain the skills and knowledge to appropriately challenge and/or offer alternative perspectives with the children, young person or family
  • To identify influences on the individual and the family and support them to make informed choices
  • To lead on the development and recording of holistic plans, delivery of interventions and evaluation of their effectiveness
  • To identify and address barriers to accessing resources
  • To identify and manage evidence-based approaches and evaluate their effectiveness
  • To contribute to the development of a resilient, consistent and persistent approach to practice
  • To understand the duties, responsibilities, boundaries and ethical nature of the role
  • To understand theories and guidelines underpinning sound practice
  • To contribute to and update your own CPD, identifying gaps in your own learning and development 
  • To understand the legislation and compliance requirements for residential care
  • To appreciate the aspirations for a child in residential care
  • To understand group living and group dynamics
  • To understand legislation and the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability

The programme also involves:

  • Maths and English Level 2 Functional Skills, unless you are exempt with GCSE graded C and above or 5 and above
  • 20% off-the-job training to be recorded for your CPD
  • End-point assessment 


How will I be assessed?

  • Observations
  • Products of work
  • Underpinning questions
  • Professional discussions 
  • End-point assessment 
  • Maths and English exams 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need access to a laptop as the portfolio is online.

What can I do after this course?

You could advance to the Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification for the residental young persons' sector but you will need to be in a management position. 


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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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