About the course: 

This Apprenticeship qualification is suited for those who would like to work with individuals that are elderly or have a disability. Through the course you will develop your communication skills and will learn how to support, care for and protect individuals under your care. You will also have the opportunity to learn practical skills such as completing records for individuals.

As a student enrolled on this course, you will be expected to attend Croydon SAM once a week during term time. The remaining time will be spent working for your employer at the workplace. Your assessment will occur at your place of work.

Course Structure:

The course consists of mandatory and optional units. The programme pathways are tailored to the students work role and work setting. Students must achieve a minimum of 58 credits. To qualify for this award you must achieve the following units. 

  1. 28 credits from the mandatory units in Group A
  2. A minimum of two credits and a maximum of seven credits must be achieved from Group B
  3. A minimum of 23 credits must be achieved from Group C

Course Content:

  1. Communication
  2. Personal development
  3. Equality and inclusion
  4. The role of the health and social care worker
  5. plan meetings and events
  6. Person centred approaches in health and social care

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements for this course is 4 GCSEs at grade D or above; this includes Maths and English. Students must currently be working in a health and social care environment. You will be subjected to a DBS check by your employer.

Assessment Method:  For this course, there are a variety of ways in which students will be assessed which are listed below. Each assessment format assesses your skills and progression throughout the course.

Modes of assessment include:

  1. Observation
  2. Questioning
  3. Professional discussions
  4. Witness testimonials
  5. Candidate work products 
  6. Statements

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Course Mode Part-time

Progression route?

Through achieving this qualification You will be able to progress into employment in area of residential care, health care or community work. Learners could also progress to further study or training such as: 

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF)

Start Date: Flexible

What are the training costs?

The Current legislation regarding apprenticeships states that those undergoing an apprenticeship programme must be employed. Hence, apprentices must be paid the minimum statutory pay for apprentices and contractually employed on a full-time basis. The employers are responsible for these fees. 

If you would like more information regarding the Apprenticeship Levy, 

Please read the following information:

  1. Apprenticeship Levy
  2. Apprenticeships Reforms
  3. Key Points

The new Apprenticeship Reforms actualise from April 2017 with an innovative funding system beginning on 01 May 2017.
The following information establishes the key points that we currently know:

  1. Pay bill over £3m p.a. = Employer Levy @ 0.5% of total pay bill for UK-based staff
  2. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. = Employer Co-Investor @ 10% (Government pays 90%)
  3. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. and less than 50 employees = Employer Waiver @ 100% Government funded for 16-18 year old apprentices and employer 10% co investment for 19 plus
  4. A supplementary £1000 incentive for all employers and providers for taking on a 16-18 year old Apprentice and / or 19-24 year old previously in care or with an Education and Health Care plan



Are there any additional costs?

There may be additional fees to cover for the cost of textbooks needed for the course.