Health and Social Care Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Health and Social Care Apprenticeships

The Health and Social Care sector is an umbrella term that relates to services that are in the Healthcare or Social Care Sectors. Although these sectors have differences, the key word is ‘care’, An apprenticeship is a great way to develop your skills and knowledge to become a confident and skilled health and social care worker. To do an apprenticeship in this sector you need to truly care about helping other people. There are lots of different career pathways in this profession.

What are Healthcare Apprenticeships? 

Healthcare apprenticeships focuses on the treatment of ill health and medical conditions via diagnosis, treatment and prevention. You will work under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. In hospital or community settings, such as GP surgeries.

What are Social Care Apprenticeships?  

Social Care apprenticeships are about providing emotional, physical and social practical support to help people live their lives. Care workers can be employed in a range of settings such as care homes, day centres or in an individual’s own home and could be employed to support adults who are elderly, have physical disabilities, learning disabilities, dementia or mental health. 

We also offer path ways to support children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural conditions living in residential care setting. 

How do you become a health and social care apprentice?  

Those looking to enter the profession must ensure they are prepared for the high level of commitment required by the sector and it will mean dealing with potentially challenging and stressful situations as well as working unsociable hours. 

Before you can begin an apprenticeship in health and social care, you will need an enhanced background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

Why should you do an apprenticeship in health and social care?

Doing an apprenticeship in health and social care is a great way to:

  • Develop important transferable skills whilst earning an apprenticehip salary.
  • Learn from experienced workers in the sector
  • Gain sector recognised learning, to enhance your career prospect

Key skills and qualities needed in health and social care:

  • A caring and kind personality
  • Cheerful, friendly and approachable attitude
  • Willingness to be hands-on with those you care for  in your care
  • Ability to follow instructions and procedures 
  • Ability to work in a team and use initiative 
  • Communication skills 
  • Organisation skills 
  • Observational skills  

What can I do after a health and social care apprenticeship? 

After completing your apprenticeship, you could progress to a more senior role. This could also offer wider opportunities following different path ways.

A health and social care apprenticeship can lead you to a variety of jobs, including:

  • Healthcare Support Worker 
  • Senior healthcare support worker 
  • Adult Care Worker
  • Lead adult care worker 
  • Residential Childcare WorkerChildren, young people and families practitioner (Residential childcare)
  • Personal Assistant
  • Community Worker
  • Deputy Manager
  • Social Worker

Further Progression 

You could progress to a more senior role, managing people or services 

Register your interest using the form below and one our team will contact you.

Overview

This pathway gives you a general insight into health, social and children and young people’s settings, and all the opportunities that are available for the many careers in this sector. At the end of the course, you could progress onto a full apprenticeship with Total People. 

What qualifications will I gain? 
  • Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings 
  • Functional Skills - Maths and English 
  • Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications required 
  • Length of the course: 9 - 12 months 
Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications required 

Length of the course

9 - 12 months 

On-programme: what is required? 
  • Development of Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours for the job 
  • The Care Certificate 
  • Level 1 English and Maths 
  • Attempt Level 2 Maths and English 
End Point Assessment

The apprentice is assessed at the end to prove that they can carry out all aspects of their job and will complete: 

  • A Multiple-choice Test 
  • Practical Observation 
  • A Portfolio and Interview 
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, but employers may run their own selection process. 

Length of the course

15 months 

On-programme: what is required? 
  • Development of skills, knowledge and behaviours for the job 
  • The Care Certificate 
  • Level 2 Diploma in Care 
  • Level 1 English and maths  
  • Attempt Level 2 English and Maths 
End Point Assessment (EPA)

The apprentice is assessed at the end to prove that they can carry out all aspects of their job and will complete: 

  • A Situational Judgement Test 
  • A Professional Discussion 
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, but employers may run their own selection process 

Length of the course

15 months 

On-programme: what is required? 
  • Development of skills, knowledge and behaviours for the job 
  • The Care Certificate 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care 
  • Level 2 English and Maths 
End Point Assessment (EPA)

The apprentice is assessed at the end to prove that they can carry out all aspects of their job and will complete: 

  • A Situational Judgement Test 
  • A Professional Discussion 
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, but employers may run their own selection process 

Length of the course

18 months 

What qualifications will I gain? 

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Adults 

Entry Requirements

You need to be working in Social Care at a managerial level 

Length of the course

18 months 

What qualifications will I gain? 
  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare 
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights 
  • Level 2 Maths, English and ICT 
Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications required, but you must be over 18 years of age. 

Length of the course

18 months