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Level: 4

Location: Other

Years: 2

Weeks: 104


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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.

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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