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Social workers

Up to £27,000

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Welfare and housing associate professionals n.e.c.

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Senior care workers

Up to £15,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


One year.

What will I study?

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a senior role with adults in Health and Social Care environments. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

This programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the many and varied aspects of Health and Social Care services and prepare you to work in Adult Health and Social Care. This qualification provides an ideal taster for those who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work. It is accessible to students of all ages who may want to understand more about working in Health and Social Care in an unsupervised capacity. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector.

The qualification covers the areas of communication, equality, diversity and inclusion, personal development, the role of the social care worker, handling information, health and safety, safeguarding, duty of care and person-centred approaches.

It is a must-have for anyone taking the adult Advanced Health and Social Care Apprenticeship.

In this programme you will study:

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality and Diversity and the Right of Individuals in Health and Social Care
  • Caring for Older People
  • Working in Health Care
  • Other related topics

On completion of the programme of studies you will achieve a Certificate in Preparing to Work in Health and Social Care.

How will I be assessed?

Each candidate is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit, which is assessed by the tutor or assessor. On completion of each unit, candidates must declare that the work produced is their own. The assessor must countersign this. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:

  • Assessor observation
  • Witness testimony
  • Worksheets
  • Assignments/projects/reports
  • Record of professional discussion
  • Record of oral and written questioning
  • Candidate and peer reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What could it lead to?

On completion, you may progress into employment within the Health and Social Care sector. The qualification will confirm competence for roles such as:

  • Senior care & healthcare assistants/support workers/key workers
  • Senior support workers in supported living projects
  • Community-based senior care assistants/support workers/key workers
  • Personal assistants
  • Emerging new types of workers & multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models

Alternatively, you could progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or an apprenticeship.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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