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Health and Social Care Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is intended for staff who are working with adults aged 18 years and over in an approved Health and Social Care setting such as domiciliary care, residential care or social care for 26 hours or more per week. All applicants must undertake an interview with curriculum staff and provide evidence of DBS clearance with their employer demonstrating that they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from future working with young people or vulnerable adults.

Course content

You will study exciting units including: - Introduction to Duty of Care - Communication - Person Centred Approaches - Equality and Diversity - Safeguarding, and Personal Development. There are also a range of other units which you need to study including a wide variety of optional units which can be tailored to your setting and you can choose which fit in best with your day to day work. For example, a learner working within a setting caring for adults with Dementia may wish to complete the dementia pathway units offered. Your work place will enhance your knowledge and provide you with the competency based elements of the qualification.

Entry requirements

Ideally applicants for level 3 will already hold Level 2 qualifications in Health and Social Care or a related field and should also hold GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or equivalent Functional Skills in English and Maths (L2), if not, you must have the ability to achieve these within the timescale of your apprenticeship (determined at Initial Assessment). Learners need to be 16 years or above and have a work place in which they are employed for 26 hours a week within health and social care setting. This must be confirmed at interview and a contract drawn up with the Business Team at the College.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations and written assignments. You will be allocated an assessor who will guide you through your qualification and attend your workplace to observe your practice. You will also be expected to attend sessions at college to maintain contact and to study towards and achieve the English and maths requirements of the apprenticeship which are a mandatory unless you have equivalent, recognised prior achievement. These skills are assessed by online exams.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could progress to the HNC in Health and Social Care.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.