Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care

This apprenticeship has two frameworks
Adult Social Care Sector
The apprenticeship framework contributes towards developing a social care sector with a skilled, flexible and effective workforce whilst maintaining high quality and safe care for those who use services. Through completion of this apprenticeship learners will gain broad-based training in the chosen occupational area with a good knowledge base of the sector as a whole, work experience that leads to competency in the work place and transferable skills. Adult social care employers are increasingly looking to apprenticeships and in particular this framework, as a way to effectively train their workforce and new staff.
Health Sector
This apprenticeship framework contributes towards developing a health sector with a skilled, flexible and effective workforce whilst maintaining high quality and safe care for patients.

Through completion of this apprenticeship learners will gain:
• broad-based training in the chosen occupational area
• work experience that leads to competency in the work place
• transferable skills

Employers have endorsed the apprenticeship programme as it gives the broad-based training in the skills for the occupational area through the completion of qualifications which are based on National Occupational Standards. This programme leads to better productivity, retention and a qualified workforce which aids the employer. Job role and outline can be viewed later in this document.

Formal Entry Criteria
There are no formal entry conditions for this framework.

Potential apprentices should however be willing to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB – Criminal Records Bureau) check.

Employers in social care and in the health sector carry out DBS checks, as this is a requirement for those working in the sectors, and certain offences may disqualify potential apprentices from employment in these sectors and thus automatically preclude them from completing the framework.

Pathway 1: Adult Social Care:

Adult social care general pathway
Total minimum credit value for this pathway is: 79
46 for competence
20 for knowledge
10 for Functional Skills Maths and English
3 for ERR
Total 79
Job title(s) Job role(s)
• Care Assistant or Worker
• Personal Assistant
• Relief Team Worker
• Night Care Assistant
• Support Worker -Supported Living
• Key Workers in Residential Settings
• Key Workers in Domiciliary Services
• Key Workers in Day Services
• Home Care Support Worker
• Substance Misuse Worker
• Mental Health Support Worker
• Re-enablement Worker

Qualifications
Competence qualifications available to this pathway
C1 – Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
Knowledge qualifications available to this pathway
K1 – Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)
Combined qualifications available to this pathway-NA

Combined qualifications available to this pathway
Functional Skills
English : Level 1
Mathematics: Level 1

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 Intermediate 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:
• 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 Intermediate 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 further apprenticeship frameworks (e.g. Advanced level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care), 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.

Pathway 2: Health
This pathway is suitable for example for those working as healthcare assistants or healthcare support workers in the health sector.

Total minimum credit value for this pathway: 59
46 for competence
10 for Functional Skills Maths and English
3 for ERR
Total 59

The Diploma qualification meets the required minimum of 10 competence and 10 knowledge credits.

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:
Healthcare Support Worker
• 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 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

Transferable skills, Functional Skills:
English: Level 1
Mathematics: Level 1
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 Intermediate 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:
• 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
• GCSEs
• level 1 or 2 knowledge qualifications relevant to health and social care
• other level 1 and level 2 qualifications

Progression FROM the Intermediate 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 health sector. These may include further apprenticeship frameworks e.g. Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support), QCF 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 or healthcare assistants with delegated duties assigned to them by the Health Professionals they work alongside.

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.