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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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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Employer academy prepared Michael for his future career

Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.      
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.      
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.    
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.        
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.        
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”        
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.        
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.        
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”

I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.

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