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Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

This apprenticeship is aimed at learners working in a senior health and social care role and will look to develop their skills within this role resulting in the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification that conforms their skills, knowledge and occupational competence to complete this role to a high standard.

Course content

To complete the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care learners should expect to undertake between 315 and 447 hours of learning, depending upon the unit choice. As with all apprenticeships there is a requirement to complete Functional Skills. With this framework that requirement is at Level 2 and includes Maths and English. Again these are all delivered 100% in the workplace. 

The Diploma requires learners to successfully achieve a minimum of 58 credits. These credits will be completed, through the achievement of the 9 mandatory units (28 credits) and the remaining 30 credits will be taken from the optional unit groups. 

The topics covered in the mandatory unit group include: - 

  • Promote communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
  • Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
  • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings

The optional units include topics like: -

  • The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Introduction to personalisation in social care
  • Principles of self-directed support
  • Diabetes Awareness

This is not the full list and there are plenty more options available.

Employment Rights and Responsibilities looks at your rights as an employee.

The Certificate in Preparing to Work in Health and Social Care is the theory component of the programme with the diploma being the more practical element of the Certificate as well as other units that specifically relate to the setting in which you work

If you do not have a GCSE at C Grade or equivalent 2 qualification in Maths and English you will also needs to do English and Maths Functional Skills as part of the programme

Depending on your age your employer may have to pay some of the course costs. 

To be considered for this programme you need to have a contract of employment and be in a role that shows competences in practice and some supervisory responsibilities

Entry requirements

You will need to be employed for 30 hours per week or more and ideally be working at or just below a GCSE Grade C in English and Maths or at Level 1 / 2 in functional skills.


This qualification is assessed through completion of a portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed and internally quality assured, you will need to demonstrate what you've learned using both practical and knowledge assessments.

As this qualification is delivered in the workplace we require access to yourself for assessments, but also a quiet area that can be used for theory sessions.

Future opportunities

This course could lead towards future study of a range of courses, including Level 3 Diploma in Management and once you are in a managerial responsibilities you can progress onto a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Young People's Services.

Further information

Q. Do I need a DBS check?
A. Anyone working in a health or social care setting needs a CRB check so your employer will arrange this before you start work with them. You will not need a separate DBS check for college.

Q. What happens if I leave my employer?
A. If you move employer to a similar role and your new employer is happy for you to continue with the course, then we will move with you.

Q. Is there a maximum break allowed between employers?
A. Yes, you need to be re-employed and back in work within 6 weeks.

Q. What happens if I fail my Maths and English?
A. Your tutor will spend a little more time with you, before you re-sit them.

Q. When I choose my units, are they set in stone?
A. No, the mandatory units are fixed, but the optional units can be changed should the need arrive as long as the reason why has been recorded for audit purposes and you have enough time to be able to complete the unit. 

Q. Is the Diploma available not as an apprenticeship?
A. Yes, the Diploma is available by the means of other funding methods. Please contact us for more information.

If you have any questions, please give one of our team a call on 01271 852351

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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