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Health and Social Care Level 3 Apprenticeship at Middlesbrough College

Course description

Apprenticeships allow 16+ year olds to start work and earn a wage, while learning new skills that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes Apprentices through the skills needed to do a job well. Most of an Apprentice's training takes place on the job but they will also have to complete off-the-job training within the College. The apprenticeships cover a range of job roles in the health care and social care fields. 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, in a care home setting or out in the community, and can include anything from helping people get washed and dressed to, helping prepare meals or supporting individuals to social or leisure activities. The course focuses on the core values that underpin all Health and Social Care practice and the importance of promoting them in every aspect of care work. The apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year old apprentices and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If the apprentice is aged 19 and / or has completed the first year of their Apprenticeship, the employer must pay the NMW appropriate for their age. A breakdown of wage rates is available on the GOV.UK website.

Course content

Students will cover a range of topics which include: Mandatory units cover: Introduction to communicate in health, social care or children's and young peoples settings. Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings. Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings. Principles for implementing duty of care. Principles of safeguarding and protection in health, social care. The role of the health and social care worker. Promote person centered approaches in health, social care. Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care. Promote good practices in handling information in health and social care settings. You will also have a choice of optional units. These will be based on the job role you undertake within your placement.

Entry requirements

You must be employed as an Apprentice in Health and Social Care and preferably be working in a senior role, involved in care planning and supervision of staff. You will undertake an enhance Disclosure Application; this will be applied for by your employer. All apprentices will attend an interview, were you will complete an initial assessment to determine your suitability and support needs. "If you do not have a Grade A to C in English and/or Maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your Study Programme.


Students will attend Middlesbrough College one day a week to complete the knowledge evidence. You will also have the opportunity to develop your practical skill through our mock NHS ward. The student will be observed in the workplace by a college assessor who will assess their performance against the assessment criteria of the qualification/unit. Tutors/assessors will use a variety of assessment methods which will include assignment work, questions, professional discussion, witness testimony, case studies and reflective accounts. Assessor observations will take place in the candidates place of work. All students will have an electronic portfolio; this will be used to submit all evidence which will be assessed with assessor feedback and guidance.

Future opportunities

Level 5 in Management Access programmes in Health Sciences and Social Work

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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