Health & Social Care

Key information
Course Type: 
Subject Area: 
Level 2
Start Date: 
Awarding Body: 
16 – 18 Free 19+ Will require an employers contribution
About the course: 

The framework consists of:

Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
Key skills in English and Maths.
Communications & Application of Number Level 1

Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care, Children and Young People's Settings

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (mapped in Certificate and Diploma)

To achieve full framework you will need to pass all elements of the course

Who is the course suitable for?: 

The majority of the roles in Health and Social Care are at operational level, for which this Intermediate Apprenticeship framework is suitable, working with adult service groups: older people, people with learning disabilities, sensory and physical impairment service users and those that require extra care support.
People who use services are supported in a variety of settings including their own homes, supported accommodation, day care provision and residential accommodation.

Entry Requirements: 

Whilst there are no formal criteria, those who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in social care. It is a requirement to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. You must also be working in the sector and be in suitable employment.

You will need to undertake a skills scan relevant to the Health and Social care sector including a basic skills assessment.

Why Study?: 

Social care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed need. This framework provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including care workers, community, support and outreach workers, personal assistance, domiciliary care workers, supervisors and senior care workers. The apprenticeship framework is inclusive of emerging roles in adult social care.

Progression Opportunities: 

Progression onto the L3 Health & Social care Apprenticeship or other suitable courses within the college.

Key Facts: 

The Health & Social Care sector is expected to grow in size, requiring a minimum of 2 million workers by 2025. This gives potential apprentices great potential for a career in a growing sector.

Why Harlow?: 

The team are highly qualified and experienced and provide excellent support and guidance to our students and the team will support you through your programme of study both in and out of class.

Core Modules: 

Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care comprises of 20 credits from the 9 mandatory units

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) consists of 46 credits, 24 of which must be from 9 mandatory units

Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in
Health, Social Care, Children and Young People's Settings

Communications & Application of Number Level 1

Optional Modules: 

The remaining 22 credits of the Diploma will come from units to suit your job role.

Additional information
Assessment methods: 

The NVQ is assessed by a designated expert assessor who will carry out task observations and visit you regularly at work.

You will be required to produce an NVQ portfolio recording all tasks completed which will be assessed.

Other assessment methods include: Projects, assignments, portfolio of evidence.

Who will be teaching?: 

Qualified Health and Social Care Assessors
Senior Tutor

WIll I need to provide anything?: 

You will need to provide stationary, folder, text book and memory stick

How many people will be on the course?: 
10 Approximately
What support will be provided?: 

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and where achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at college and to be successful.

As a student at Harlow College you can expect the following approaches to teaching and learning:

  • Your tutors will plan your learning so that you have the opportunity to achieve at your maximum potential
  • They will ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to apply and consolidate your learning and will encourage and support you
  • You will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) where you will be set agreed daily and weekly targets. Your tutors will make it clear to you what your focus for each individual day should be and will work with you until you achieve your daily targets
  • Your targets and your achievement will be monitored on a daily and weekly basis to ensure that your learning is successful and so that you are clear as to how well you are progressing
  • You will need to monitor your own progress too. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve
  • We will expect you to work hard and productively and to be in college for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning. The pace at which you work is your choice but you will be expected to meet your daily target before you finish for the day
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Individual study within and outside of programme hours
  • Key skills integrated into the main programme
  • Tutorials, workshops, Individual Learning Plans, regular feedback to parents, Additional Learning Support in the classroom or on a 1-to-1 basis if required
Apply for this course
How to apply: 

Applicants must complete a full-time application form and provide a reference from their last school/college/employers.

Interview process: 

All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject to GCSE results.