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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 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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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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