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Apprenticeship in Health and Care - Advanced at West Thames College

Course description

This is the sole apprenticeship framework for people employed in delivering adult social care in England. This framework covers the health and social care sectors which include: the National Health Service, private providers, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

In social care this framework provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including care workers, community, support and outreach workers, personal assistance, domiciliary care workers, supervisors and senior care workers. This qualification is suitable for existing staff who don’t already have a qualification and wish to progress within their organisation.

Course content

To complete this qualification, a minimum of 58 credits must be achieved. Some of the units are mandatory and some are optional and chosen with the agreement of the employer and assessor. The assessor will go through these units with the apprentice and employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so the qualification may be achieved successfully. The assessor will visit the workplace to assess apprentices and ensure they meet the minimum national standards.

Mandatory units:

  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s 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 in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social-care worker
  • Promote person-centred approaches in health and social care
  • Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
  • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings.

Optional context of specialist knowledge units:

  • Purpose and principles of independent advocacy
  • Understand mental well-being, mental health promotion and mental health problems
  • Dementia
  • Relationships
  • Personalisation in social care
  • Infection
  • Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
  • Individuals with learning disabilities
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Autism
  • Impact of brain injuries
  • Awareness of sensory loss.

Optional competence units:

  • Advocacy support
  • Substance misuse
  • Administering medicine
  • Dementia
  • Provide support to manage pain and discomfort, to continue recommended therapy, to maintain and develop skills
  • Pressure area care
  • Raising awareness of health issues
  • Community partnerships and support groups
  • Support individuals in their day to day life and work in partnership with their family
  • Obtain venous blood samples
  • Support and work with families
  • Individuals with learning disabilities
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Assistive technology
  • Sensory loss.

You will also complete courses in:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Maths functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.


Entry requirements

For the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, candidates must have been an EU Resident for three years or more. Qualifications such as English and maths are desirable and candidates should be educated to Level 2. Apprentices need to be working over 30 hours per week in the health and care environment.

Please note, you need to have a job before applying for an apprenticeship. Please view the Apprenticeships tab on our website to view current vacancies.


To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the following elements need to be achieved:

Competence Qualification: Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Health and Care (QCF) - to achieve this qualification a minimum of 58 credits must be achieved. This includes all the mandatory units and a selection of the optional units.

Knowledge Qualfication: Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF) - most of the knowledge will be learnt in the classroom, some may also be delivered online and some in the workplace.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.

It is necessary to keep an ongoing reflective journal for the duration of the course to demonstrate these skills.

Transferable skills qualifications

  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment rights and responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is embedded within the competence based qualification for all pathways and will also be covered within employer inductions. However, for more information the Council for Administration (CfA) ERR Workbook can be used.

The evidence for this area will be the certificate for this qualification with the ERR unit listed as having been completed.

Financial information

You do not pay to complete an apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, it is possible to progress on to further learning and gain HND or Foundation degree qualifications. As a qualified care worker, employment opportunities include care workers, personal assistants, domiciliary care workers community, support and outreach workers, supervisors, senior care workers in adult social care, care home management.

Further information

For details call our apprenticeship team on 020 8326 2010 or email

View all apprenticeships at West Thames College.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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