To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.
Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours, developing competences and skills to provide high quality, compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and to live as independently and safely as possible. They enable people to have control and choice in their lives, which is at the heart of person-centred care.
Job roles are varied and determined by - and relevant to - the type of service being provided and the person supported. This apprenticeship standard covers both Adult Care Workers and Personal Assistants.
Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. Personal Assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual, usually within their own home.
Working with people - and feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life - is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.
You will need to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting the apprenticeship.
Knowledge and Skills:
You will be assessed and supported by your assessor in the workplace, receiving theory inputs as required and preparing you for an independent End Point Assessment consisting of a test and a professional discussion.
The situational judgement test will present you with a range of real-life scenarios about which you will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions). The assessment will normally be undertaken online under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. Questions will draw from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order competencies. Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standard.
A professional discussion will be undertaken with an independent assessor. The discussion will be of no more than 45 minutes duration. You can only apply to undertake the discussion component once the multiple choice assessment has been achieved. The discussion will draw questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience including, where applicable, your self-assessment and supporting evidence such as testimony from users of services and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice candidate in the interview.
Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you undertake your role safely.
After completion of your Intermediate Apprenticeship, you can go on to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship for Lead Adult Care Worker.
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.