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Health and Social Care (Adults) Intermediate Apprenticeship at Croydon College

Course description

This Apprenticeship will introduce you to, or extend your knowledge of, the theory and practical skills required to work in the care industry.

This Apprenticeship is ideal, if you have a kind and caring nature and are eager to work or progress in the health sector.

Topics covered include:

  • The role of the Health and Social Care Worker
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health and social care
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Handling information in health and social care settings

You will enjoy a theoretical and practical learning experience, gained in the classroom and the workplace. In addition, speakers will visit the College to talk about relevant matters in the care sector.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE.

Course content

This Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care will help secure a work placement through Croydon College (if you don’t have one already) giving you the opportunity to continue earning while learning.

Just a few of the course highlights include:

  • Professionals from organisations including Croydon Council visit the College to talk about relevant issues such as safeguarding.

  • The chance to boost your CV and win a tablet, by entering the College’s popular competition - Apprentice of the Month! Tutors nominate apprentices who meet the nomination criteria, which includes improved overall achievement and high grades.

  • You will be taught by staff who are professionals in their own right having worked as care home managers and nurses.

  • On completion of the course you’ll receive a City & Guilds Apprenticeship, which is widely recognised both nationally and internationally.

  • The opportunity to show potential employers that you have excellent training and work experience behind you.

  • Our dedicated Apprenticeship Team at the College will support you throughout your training.

  • Great earning potential - research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their career than other employees (NAS, 2013).

  • Work ready - a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills survey showed that qualified apprentices score 4% higher on employability than university graduates (ICM Survey, 2013).

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, one being English or maths, or a Level 1 related qualification.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 3 or above.


The assessment structure of this course is designed to make your learning experience a fun one. It includes observations in the work place, written work, professional discussions and questions.

The use of witness statements makes it possible for you to gather evidence that would have otherwise been missed. This means that colleagues, managers, service users or service users’ advocates can make a big contribution to your learning by making a statement about the good practice that they witnessed you demonstrate.

Future opportunities

Most former apprentices stay with their existing employers in a variety of roles including health care assistant. One former apprentice is carrying out this role at a hospital in Sussex.

Some apprentices also go on to train as nurses or embark on the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care, while continuing to work full time.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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    • We are:

      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport