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Health and Social Care - level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

  • This qualification replaces the previous NVQ qualification.
  • This course is ideal for you if you're already working with adults or children and young people in a health and social care setting.
Tell me more about the course in general

Your training will be linked to the job you're already doing in health and/or social care. You'll study one day a week in college and the rest of your time will be spent learning in your workplace.

You'll study these units:

  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Development Through Life Stages
  • Values and Planning in Social Care
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care/Children
  • Promoting Independence
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

And you will choose one of these specialised pathways:

  • Adult Care
  • Children and Young People
  • Dementia Care
  • Learning Disabilities

You may need to pay for your uniform and travel.

Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • Five GCSEs, including English and Maths, at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications
  • A satisfactory CRB check

You'll be interviewed to make sure the course is right for you.


You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, including observations in your workplace, written assignments and case studies. You'll also need to build a portfolio.

Future opportunities

You'll be able to apply for many jobs in health and social care, including working as a care worker, support worker in healthcare, nursing assistant, occupational therapy assistant or physiotherapy assistant. You could also further your training by going on to study at QCF Level 5 or taking a university level course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2016
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