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Level: 3

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 undertaken 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 your career as a supervisor in a residential environment.

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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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