What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
This Apprenticeship offers a practical approach for anyone wishing to work in the health and social care sector. It consists of the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care which is a part knowledge based and part competency based qualification.
You could progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).
On your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Training Officer. You will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. Whilst at work, your Training Officer will visit you and carry out and help you build your portfolio of evidence for your NVQ.
What topics will I study?
You will cover the following units:
You will be able to choose two optional units in addition to the compulsory ones above. You will be given the opportunity to complete a First Aid Qualification, a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate, training in Manual Handling, Health and Safety, and Nutrition and Healthy Eating.
Technical Certificate: this is the theory and underpinning knowledge you require within your job. The qualification is called the Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care. You will also complete the Employment Rights and Responsibilities workbook to ensure you are aware of your legal status as an employee. Training in Moving and Handling, Basic Food Hygiene, Food and Nutrition, Infection Control and First Aid.
What experiences will I get?
You will benefit from our great links with employers including the NHS and Brandon House.
What are the entry requirements?
Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 3 or above in English and maths (or grade 4 or above for the Advanced Apprenticeship) and in some cases ICT, however, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.
You need patience, understanding and a strong desire to work with people and good communication skills. You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your employer.
What facilities are there?
You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.
What can the course lead on to?
This course will launch you directly into the workplace and provides an excellent way to qualify as a Care Assistant in line with the National Minimum Care Standards, to build your career and progress to further training and education. You could also progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship.
Are there any additional costs?
You may incur some costs, for example, textbooks required for the course. However you may find your employer has suitable texts, or you can borrow them from the college library.
What support can I get?
You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.
What will this training cost me?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.
If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.
CLICK HERE to view the Apprenticeship Journey booklet.
CLICK HERE to view the citation video from the Health and Social Care Apprentice of the Year award winner at the Skills Awards 2014.