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Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship at Boston College

Course description

This is a vocational and a national recognised qualification that is designed to guide, assesses and develops the skills within health and social care. This course serves as the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements in the social care environment. The course have been designed to be flexible it allows a greater choice in the precise units.

Course content

The Apprenticeship framework consists of several elements which have been identified by employers as the skills you need if you want to find work in the Health and Social Care industry. 

These elements are: 
Maths - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

English - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ICT - Level 1 or Level 2 is a requirement of some Apprenticeships unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ERR - Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which includes health and safety, equality and diversity as well as employment legislation. 

PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, which includes team working, creative thinking and reflective learning. 

*Vocational Element (Knowledge) - most Apprenticeship frameworks include off-the-job study for a technical certificate which is usually done at College. 

*Vocational Element (Competence) - all Apprenticeships include on-the-job training and assessment leading to a competence based vocational qualification. 

*On some frameworks, the knowledge and competence elements are combined into one qualification. 

The qualifications you will study within your Apprenticeship framework are: 

- Health and Social Care (Adult) QCF Diploma Level 3, you must achieve 58 credits to gain this qualification. These can be achieved using specified units within the qualification which are related to the individual job role. There are 3 pathways - Generic, Dementia, or Adults with Learning Disabilities. 

- Preparing to work in Adult Social Care. This qualification is combined with the competence based QCF to assist you to develop your knowledge and understanding within your job role.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) in English and Maths or functional skills Level 2 in English and Maths or working toward completing this. 

You must also be working within a health and social care environment for a minimum of 30 hours a week. 

As a college we can support you within finding a placement please contact the relevant department.


You will attend monthly meetings with your assessor and have observations within your work practice to demonstrate consistency within your work. 

Your assessor is occupational competent and will support and work with you throughout the qualification period.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the advanced level provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector. 

There is also an opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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