Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care

The Health and Social Care framework covers care workers, personal assistants, domiciliary care workers community, support and outreach workers, supervisors, senior care workers in adult social care and for example healthcare assistants or clinical support workers in the health sector. It’s suitable for those working in the NHS, with private health care or social care providers, local authorities and voluntary organisations

Pathways for this framework at level 3
Pathway 1: Adult social care
Pathway 2: Health

Adult social care general pathway for Advanced level Apprenticeships suitable for those working in some lone worker or supervisory care roles in social care settings.

Total minimum credit value for this pathway: 92 credits
• 58 for competence
• 21 for knowledge
• 10 for Functional Skills Maths and English
• 3 for ERR
• Total 92

The competence qualification exceeds the required minimum of 10 credits and the technical knowledge qualification exceeds the required minimum of 10 credits.

Entry requirements for this pathway in addition to the framework entry requirements
There are no entry requirements additional to the general framework entry requirements

Job title
• Care Officer
• Care Supervisor
• Senior Care Worker OR Supervising Care Worker
• Senior Support
• Worker
• Relief Team Leader
• Social Work Assistant
• Social Services Officer
• Outreach Development Worker
• Community Support
• Worker
• Community Outreach Worker
• Community Development Worker
• Family Support Workers
• Personal Assistant

Qualifications
Competence qualifications available to this pathway
C1 – Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
Knowledge qualifications available to this pathway
K1 – Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)
Combined qualifications available to this pathway: N/A

Transferable skills
Functional Skills

English:2
Mathematics: 2

Employee rights and responsibilities
ERR is assessed through the Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care, Children and Young People’s Settings component

Progression TO the Advanced level Apprenticeship
Apprentices will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience. As there are no formal entry criteria, apprentices do not have to enter from previous qualification routes. As a guide, applicants may enter via a range of routes including from:
• Intermediate level Apprenticeships
• school or college
• work
• work experience
• the sector route-way or other entry to employment programmes
• unemployment
• training and/or experience which may include a portfolio showing what they have done
• Health and Social Care NVQ only competence qualification
• Society, Health and Development 14-19 Diploma
• a Young Apprenticeship
• foundation learning at level 1
• Key Skills or Functional Skills
• level 1 or 2 knowledge qualifications relevant to health and social care
• other level 1 and level 2 qualifications

Progression FROM the Advanced level Apprenticeship
Learners may progress from this pathway onto further qualifications specific to their work context. A wide range of qualifications are available for use within the social care sector. These may include the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management, specialist level 4 or 5 diplomas or management qualifications, QCF qualifications or other work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.

Apprentices can also move to other parts of the sector, for example an apprentice specialising in learning disabilities can take a dementia qualification if their job role changes or if they wish to follow career ambitions in another part of the sector. Advanced level Apprentices can progress to QCF diplomas at level 4 and above (e.g. Higher National Diploma in H&SC or Higher Education), including, where appropriate, opportunities for progression to foundation degrees (e.g. Foundation Degree in H&SC) and higher education certificates.

Progression to other specific job roles:
• Assistant practitioner
• Care manager
• Officers in charge/registered manager
• Day services manager.

Pathway 2: Health
Health sector pathway for Advanced level Apprenticeships suitable for those working as, for example, healthcare assistants with supervisory duties.

Total minimum credit value for this pathway: 71
58 for competence
10 for Functional Skills Maths and English
3 for ERR
Total 71

The Diploma qualification meets the required minimum of 10 competence and 10 knowledge credits. From August 2012 the minimum duration for apprentices on the Advanced Apprenticeship is 18 months.

Entry requirements for this pathway in addition to the framework entry
Requirements

Personal Attributes
Workers in the health sector must always treat people with dignity and respect. They must be honest, diligent and have empathy for those they work. Because of this employers recruit for values as well as for the skills and knowledge that apprentices bring. They will check that personal values reflect the values of the sector as a whole. They employ apprentices who are:
• Adaptable
• Caring
• Compassionate
• Conscientious
• Discreet
• Respectful
• Personable
• Have the courage to do the right thing

They also expect them to be able to work and communicate as part of a team committed to carry out their duties meticulously Learners may have already completed the National Minimum Training Standards for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.

Job title(s) Job role(s)
• Healthcare
• Support Worker OR
• Healthcare Assistant

Qualifications
Competence qualifications available to this pathway-NA
Knowledge qualifications available to this pathway-NA
Combined qualifications available to this pathway
B1 – Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

Transferable skills
Functional Skills

English:2
Mathematics:2

Employee rights and responsibilities
ERR is assessed through the Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in
Health, Social Care, Children and Young People’s Settings component

Progression TO the Advanced Level Apprenticeship
Apprentices will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience. As there are no formal entry criteria, apprentices do not have to enter from previous qualification routes. As a guide, applicants may enter via a range of routes including from:
• Intermediate level Apprenticeships
• school or college
• work
• work experience
• the sector route-way or other entry to employment programmes
• unemployment
• training and/or experience which may include a portfolio showing what they have done
• Health and Social Care NVQ only competence qualification
• Society, Health and Development 14-19 Diploma
• a Young Apprenticeship
• foundation learning at level 1
• Key Skills or Functional Skills
• level 1 or 2 knowledge qualifications relevant to health and social care
• GCSEs
• GCEs
• other level 1 and level 2 qualifications

Progression FROM the Advanced level Apprenticeship
On completion of this pathway, learners may progress onto further qualifications as QCF qualifications, higher education qualifications or other work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.

Progression should not just be seen as vertical. In some instances progressing into another role at the same level may be just as rewarding as it offers the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge.

Many clinical healthcare support apprentices complete their apprenticeships and continue to work as clinical healthcare support workers/healthcare assistants with delegated responsibility for a range of clinical tasks.
They may also supervise other team members.

To become a qualified Health Professional (e.g. nurse, allied health practitioner, health care scientist) apprentices would have to progress from their apprenticeship to undertake a specific qualification, often a 3-year university degree, which, on completion, would enable them to register as a professional. To do this, individuals would have to meet the specific entry requirements as outlined by their chosen higher education provider.

Apprentices who wish to progress into Higher Education are encouraged to complete GCSEs in English and Maths instead of Functional Skills. GCSE qualifications are widely recognised across the Higher
Education Sector and support progression into healthcare undergraduate programmes. A Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) is available which an apprentice may proceed onto as
they progress in their career if they are able to meet the employment and academic requirements. This will enable them to practice as an Assistant Practitioner