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Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care at County Training - Shropshire Council

Course description

Level 3 is for those with extra responsibility who supervise other carers. Candidates will need a minimum of 12-18 months experience prior to undertaking this qualification. Level 3 will take approximately 12 - 18 months to complete.

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a senior role with adults in Health and Social Care environments. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

It has three pathways:

  • Generic Health and Social Care
  • Dementia
  • Learning Disability

This work-based qualifications, will be learning through on-the-job practical training, providing you with the relevant skills and experience in order to continually progress your career.

Course content

  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 3 Technical Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Rights and Responsibilities in Health and Social Care Settings
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

Before you can start this course, you will need to have a relevant paid work placement of at least 30 hours per week. There may be existing placements available or County Training can provide you with support to find a placement. This may be through an interview, some support with writing applications or preparing a CV, or even through work-experience placements.


Before your course starts you will meet with your manager at work and your assessor to discuss which units of the qualification you will be working towards. These will be based on the kind of job role and day-to-day tasks you will be doing. Your assessor will then visit you on a regular basis to help collect evidence of the skills and knowledge you are gaining through one-to-one discussions, observations at work and witness testimonies from your manager – all of these activities will help you to build a portfolio demonstrating your ability for this area of work.

Financial information

The cost will be dependent on individual circumstances. There may be funding available to cover training costs.

For 16-18 year olds undertaking an Apprenticeship, training will be fully funded. A contribution of £250/£350 may be required for individuals aged 19 and over depending on existing qualifications held.

Future opportunities

There are lots of opportunities to continue training and progressing in health and social care. Many Apprentices completing the Advanced Apprenticeships go on to be care managers or complete degrees in nursing or midwifery. You can also progress onto the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England).

Further information

Any person currently undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship is entitled to access a programme of 6 management courses free! Courses are available in the following areas:

  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Managing Change
  • Team leading
  • Mentoring

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact County Training - Shropshire Council directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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