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Health and Social Care Apprenticeship level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

A Sheffield Health and Social Care Apprenticeship in is an excellent foundation for anyone wishing to embark on a career in care. Please note some apprenticeships in this area require applicants to be over 18 years old.

Sheffield Health & Social Care Trust provides mental health services to adults and elderly people, including services for people with learning disabilities, people with drug and alcohol problems and a wide range of other specialist services such as maternal mental health, gender services and psychology for people with physical health problems.
Sheffield Children’s Trust provides healthcare for children and young people, including community and mental health care as well as acute and specialist services.
As an apprentice you will be working in a residential setting as a health care assistant. Your primary role will be helping patients in a residential care setting or as an activity co-ordinator. You will work 37.5 hours per week of which 80% of your time will be spent in your work area learning and practising the skills you will need to acquire in order to complete the framework and to become a competent Health Care Assistant. Shift work is essential and there are early shifts, late shifts and some weekends. However, apprentices do not work night shifts.
You will study in college with other apprentices from different areas within the NHS who are also working towards an intermediate (level 2) apprenticeship in Health and Social Care. You will learn how to communicate effectively with others and deliver person-centred care as well as learn values and behaviours including personal skills development. There will be modules on health and safety, safeguarding and protection as well as equality and inclusion and you will also complete units related to your specialist area.


Course content

Qualification Titles

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Functional maths and English level 1 or level 2
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities or workskills

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3/D including English Language and Maths.


Assessment is continuous throughout the course by a combination of case studies, assignments and work-based assessments. You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?
Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust provides mental health services for adults and older people, services for people with learning disabilities and services for people with drug and alcohol misuse plus a wide range of specialist services. Although there is no guarantee of a job at the end of the programme, those who do well and gain good references from their tutors and placement usually go on to secure employment at the Trust, most commonly as Band 2 Health Care Assistants.
Many apprentices have gone on into specialist areas or advanced support staff roles. Others have progressed onto Access programmes and into Higher Education, including nurse training.

Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

Thursday 25th October 2018 4pm -7pm

Wednesday 21st November 2018 4pm-7pm

Tuesday 29th January 2019 4pm-7pm

Monday 4th March 2019 4pm-7pm


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: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: CWIHC1


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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.