This course aims to guide and assess the development of knowledge, skills and competence relating to the health and social care workforce. It serves as the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements in the social care sector and is based on the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards.
You must be aged over 16 and working on a paid basis in a health and social care role. This qualification is suitable for workers in Adult Health and Social Care Services in roles such as senior care assistants, support workers and key workers in residential settings, domiciliary services, community and primary care environments, day services and supported living projects.
The qualification is also suitable for those working with individuals with more complex needs such as dementia, mental health needs, learning difficulties or addiction/dependency.
Learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits. This must include 28 credits from the mandatory units plus 30 credits from the optional knowledge and competence units.
Mandatory units are:
You will also study Functional Skills in English and Maths.
You will meet with your assessor either in a group of other learners or on a one-to-one basis. This will either be at a College site or at your workplace. This is usually on a fortnightly basis.
There is no exam. You will work with your assessor to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your competence and knowledge of your job role. You will be observed in your job role by your assessor to demonstrate your competence.
Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.
It is anticipated that learners will progress to Level 5 QCF qualifications for management or senior practitioner roles in health and social care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.
Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.
But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.
Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.
A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.
And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.
Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.
Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them
I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.
It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'
It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.
I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.
It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.