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Health & Social Care Level 2 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles on two pathways: the adult social care pathway and the health care pathway. This could mean working in the NHS, the private sector, local authorities or in the voluntary sectors.

Social care is about helping people with a particular need, such as the disabled, the elderly or people with learning disabilities. This type of care usually takes place in the home or in care homes or out in the community, and can include anything from helping people get dressed to transporting them to and from a residential home or taking them shopping. As an apprentice in Social Care, you could be a personal care assistant helping someone in their everyday life.

On the Health Care pathway, you could work in hospitals, the community, hospices or private clinics as a healthcare support worker or a healthcare assistant. You could be supporting doctors or nurses or helping patients in hospital wards or their homes - serving food, making and changing beds and so on.

Course content

The Level 2 Diploma and Certificate course consists of 9 mandatory units and additional optional units that make a total of 46 credits. These include topics such as communication, health & safety, person centred approaches and safeguarding.

The qualifications you will gain as an apprentice are:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Level 1 Mathematics
  • Functional Skills Level 1 English

Entry requirements

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your Apprenticeship is in (if you are looking for employment see below for information). The care environment can be in the public, private or voluntary sector and cover the full spectrum of care environments.  You cannot have an existing qualification at a higher level than the Apprenticeship framework you have chosen. You need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

When we have received your application, you will be interviewed by an assessor.

The qualification is aimed at those whose work involves doing things for clients and supporting clients to do things for themselves, in a wide range of settings.


This will be assessed using a range of methods including direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments, questioning and witness testimony from your colleagues and managers.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Future opportunities

This is a national qualification, replacing NVQs in Health & Social Care and is recognised by employers in health care. Achievement of this national qualification may allow you to progress to a higher level qualification (Level 3 Diploma) or get recognition for knowledge and skills in areas of specialist practice for example progressing onto Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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