Health and Social Care
Starting Salary:
Qualification: NVQ or Standard depending on the Apprenticeship
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles on two pathways: the adult social care pathway and the health care pathway. This could mean working in the NHS, the private sector, local authorities or the voluntary sectors.

Social care is about helping people with a particular need, such as the disabled, the elderly or people with learning disabilities. This type of care usually takes place in the home or in care homes or out in the community, and can include anything from helping people get dressed to transporting them to and from a residential home or taking them shopping. As an Apprentice in Social Care, Apprentices could be a personal care assistant helping someone in their everyday life.

On the Health Care pathway, Apprentices could work in hospitals, the community, hospices or private clinics as a healthcare support worker or a healthcare assistant. Apprentices could be supporting doctors or nurses or helping patients in hospital wards or their homes – serving food, making and changing beds and so on.

Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship will stand Apprentices in good stead for progression onto Higher Education in subjects like nursing or midwifery and operating department practitioner roles in the care sector or management roles in care homes. The main difference between the Intermediate Level and Advanced Level Apprenticeships is the level of responsibility the person holds and the role at which they work.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship Apprentices will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Level 1 Maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship Apprentices will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • Healthcare Support Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Personal Assistant
  • Relief Team Worker
  • Night Care Assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Re-enablement Worker
  • Home Care Support Worker
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Re-enablement Worker
  • NVQ or Standard depending on the Apprenticeship
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificate

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Other information

A Health and Social Care Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship. You might decided to train as a Social Worker for young people, or work towards a nursing degree. You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry, all of which will increase your career progression.


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