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Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

Care work can be demanding, challenging, yet very rewarding. This apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles and could involve working in the NHS, private sector, for local authorities and in the voluntary sector.

Social care is about helping people with a particular need, such as the disabled, the elderly or people with learning disabilities. Care can take place in the home, in care homes or in the community.

The training involved will include care planning, leading teams and medication administration

Course content

There are a number of elements to an apprenticeship and this is called the framework.

The apprenticeship framework has three main strands - technical element, competence based element and skills element.

For this apprenticeship the qualifications gained will be:-

  • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF) (technical based element)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) (competency based element)
  • Functional Skills at Level 2 in English and Mathematics

In addition you will also study Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Entry requirements

  • Three GCSE Grades A - D including English and Mathematics.
  • Ability to complete Functional Skills in English and Mathematics at Level 2.
  • All applicants are assessed at interview to ensure correct level of study. Prior qualifications or experiences in a relevant job will be taken into consideration.


You will be required to compile an online portfolio of evidence demonstrating your knowledge and competence and all assessments will take place in the workplace. An assessor will guide and support you to achieve this qualification.

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Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years of age, whether you are just leaving school, seeking to start a new career or are moving into a new role with your existing employer that requires new skills.

As an apprentice you will earn a salary, whilst working alongside experienced colleagues at work and studying for your qualification.

Future opportunities

Completion of this Advanced Apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for progression onto Higher Education in subject like nursing or midwifery and management roles within organisations.

The main difference between the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship is the level of responsibility the person holds and the role undertaken.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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