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.
To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Apprentices will learn values, behaviours and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. Helping adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible. You will help these adults to have control and choice in their lives. Job roles are varied and determined by the type of the service being provided and the person supported.
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.
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 4 or above in English and Maths. 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?
Apprentices will be working towards achievement of the following:
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.
You could also progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).
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.
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?
This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.