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Apprenticeship – Adult Care Worker (Standard) – Level 2

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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Health
Apprenticeships
Location: Workplace
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 78
Hours:
Start: Flexible
Days/Times:
Workplace

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/apprenticeship-adult-care-worker-standard-level-2
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Course Information for Students

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:

  • The main tasks and responsibilities of the role
  • Values and behaviours
  • Importance of communication
  • Support individuals to remain safe from harm (safeguarding)
  • Promote health and wellbeing for individuals and colleagues
  • Work professionally
  • Treat people with respect and dignity

The apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace.

Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you undertake your role safely.

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.

After completion of your Intermediate Apprenticeship, you can go on to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship for Lead Adult Care Worker.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

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 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 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.

Your apprentice must undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • The main tasks and responsibilities of the role
  • Values and behaviours
  • Importance of communication
  • Support individuals to remain safe from harm (safeguarding)
  • Promote health and wellbeing for individuals and colleagues
  • Work professionally
  • Treat people with respect and dignity
  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Communication
  • Competence
  • Commitment
  • Care Certificate
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)

Your apprentice will be assessed and supported by their assessor in the workplace, receiving theory inputs as required and preparing them for an independent End Point Assessment consisting of a test and a professional discussion.

The situational judgement test will present them with a range of real-life scenarios about which they 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. Your apprentice 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, their 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 apprentice should not need to attend College and will be assessed in the workplace.

You will need to provide your apprentice with any PPE required legally and to help them undertake their role safely.

After completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, your apprentice can go on to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship for Lead Adult Care Worker.

  • Adult Care Worker in any of the following areas: nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres and clinical healthcare settings
  • Lead Personal Assistant providing support/care in the homes of individuals

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Care Workers and Home Carers

£14827

Care Workers and Home Carers

Senior Care Workers

£18493

Senior Care Workers

Residential, Day and Domiciliary Care Managers and Proprietors

£33245

Residential, Day and Domiciliary Care Managers and Proprietors

Houseparents and Residential Wardens

£30816

Houseparents and Residential Wardens

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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