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Residential Childcare Level 3 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles, including:

Working in settings such as residential care homes, residential special schools, therapeutic communities, secure children’s homes, shared care and short break settings. Responsible for promoting a caring, healthy, stimulating, safe, secure environment for children and young people in their care.

The Children’s Homes (England) Regulations (2015) state that any individual working in residential childcare ‘has the appropriate experience ..... for the work that the individual is to perform’ (para 32.3 b). It is therefore likely that learners will be aged 18 or over, but this will be at the discretion of the registered manager rather than a legal requirement.

The qualifications you will gain as an apprentice are:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 ICT

Course content

The Level 3 Diploma course consists of 16 mandatory units and additional optional units that make a total of 61 credits.

Units offered include understanding the development of children and young people in residential childcare, how to support positive outcomes for children and young people, and how to support children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse.

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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.

Future opportunities

This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet minimum regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.

Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. senior residential childcare worker, advanced practitioner in residential childcare, senior support worker in residential childcare.

There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare
  • Foundation Degrees in Health & Social Care or Therapeutic 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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