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Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bedford College

Course description

This Level 3 Apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to care for others in a wide range of health and social care settings. It is flexible to suit all fields of health and social care, and you can choose a pathway that suits your role; for example, you may be working with people with a learning disability, people with dementia, or with children and young people. Completion of this course will provide you with the main qualification required by the Quality Care Commission in England and the Care Councils in Wales and Northern Ireland, and will therefore enable you to improve your future job prospects and career progression.

Course content

During this course you will cover a range of qualifications and topics, including:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma Health & Social Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Working in the Health Care Sector
  • Level 3 Award in Employers’ Rights and Responsibilities in Health and Social Care
  • Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in the Health and Social Care Sector
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 3 Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you must be working a minimum of 30 hours a week in a health and social care setting. You will also need to have achieved the Health & Social Care Level 2 Apprenticeship, or an equivalent qualification. Entry will also be subject to tests and interviews to determine your capability to achieve the course at this level, and whether you have the commitment expected in order to achieve the final qualification.

Examples of desirable skills and attributes in potential apprentices include:

  • Motivation to succeed within the sector
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Respect for people who use the services as individuals


Potential apprentices should also have a suitable level of fitness, and the ability to perform the more physical aspects of the job roles. These may, for example, involve assisting in moving and handling of people. Potential apprentices should also be willing to undergo an enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check.


Assignment is an ongoing process and you will be required to complete a portfolio of work evidence. You will be assessed in the workplace.

Future opportunities

Many clinical healthcare support apprentices complete their apprenticeships and continue to work as clinical healthcare support workers or healthcare assistants with delegated duties assigned to them by the practitioners they work alongside.

Potential job roles include:

  • Care Officer
  • Care Supervisor
  • Senior Care Worker
  • Supervising Care Worker
  • Senior Support Worker
  • Relief Team Leader
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Social Services Officer
  • Outreach Development Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Community Development Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Personal Assistant.

Further information

You must be aged 18 or over to do this apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 February 2016
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