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Adult Social Care Apprenticeship Level 2 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you'd like a career in adult health and social care, starting as an Apprentice will give you an excellent grounding on which to build your future. 

You'll be employed in a role within the sector which will enable you to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding you'll need to become a valued member of the team and a professional practitioner. 

Over the course of your Apprenticeship you'll learn about the importance of giving personalised care, about how to support people with different disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and how to support people to live independently. 

You'll be trained on the job by your employer and an ncn assessor will visit you regularly to check your progress and ensure you're getting the most out of your experience. 

Once you've completed your Apprenticeship you'll be able to progress into a role as a support worker, care assistant, healthcare assistant or group activities coordinator.

Course content

This course consists of the following:  

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care (NVQ)
  • Level 2 Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (Technical Certificate)
  • Functional Skills level 1 English and maths
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

3 specific qualification pathways:

  • Learning disability
  • Dementia
  • Generic health or social care

Mandatory Units - for all pathways

  • Promote communication
  • Engage in personal development
  • Promote equality and inclusion
  • Implementing a duty of care
  • Safeguarding
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Promote person-centred approaches
  • Promote health & safety
  • Promote good practice in handling information

Optional Knowledge Units

  • Independent advocacy
  • Understand mental health problems
  • Dementia awareness
  • Introduction to personalisation
  • Infection control
  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • Principles of self directed support
  • Awareness of sensory loss
  • Understand physical disability
  • Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals

Optional Skills Units

  • Dementia care practice
  • Support individuals undergoing healthcare activities - pressure area care, obtain blood samples, foot care, extended feeding and continence
  • Provide support for therapy sessions, mobility, journeys and leisure activities
  • Support independence in tasks of daily living
  • Support individuals to access information regarding services
  • Support individuals to eat and drink
  • Support individuals to meet personal care needs
  • Support use of medication
  • Support participation in learning and development activities
  • Support care plan activities
  • Support effective communication
  • Support individuals with learning disabilities to access services
  • Support individuals at the end of life
  • Emergency first aid skills
  • Supporting individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities
  • Supporting individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities
  • Supporting individuals using assistive technology
  • Move and position individuals
  • Provide support sleep

To achieve the full qualification, students must attain a minimum of 46 credits in total

This comprises of:

  • All of the mandatory units (24 credits)
  • A further 22 credits must be achieved by the relevant combinations from the Optional Groups

Units to be discussed with assessor and selected for the appropriate job role

Entry requirements

Students must: 

  • Be aged 16 or over
  • Not be in full-time education or on any other training programme
  • Have lived in the UK for the past three years
  • Students will be expected to have a contract to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. This must be paid employment. However, you can still apply for this course if you are actively seeking employment, but this must be in place before you can commence the training.

There are no formal entry requirements for any level, however the employer may stipulate entry qualifications when recruiting an apprentice to a particular job role. 

As there may be different entry requirements for apprenticeships, depending on the occupational sector, all students are required to have an initial assessment test.


Candidates will build a portfolio written/electronic of evidence to show knowledge and understanding, occupational competence and skills development.

Future opportunities

Continuing in Education:  

  • Health & Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 April 2016

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