This course aims to guide and assess the development of knowledge, skills and competence relating to the children and young people's social care workforce. It serves as the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector.
You must be aged over 16 and working in a children's or young people's social care setting - on a paid or voluntary basis - for at least 16 hours a week. This qualification is suitable for those who work in a variety of job roles with children and young people aged from birth to 19 years.
Learners will complete the Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce.
They will develop and demonstrate a range of technical and wider sector-related knowledge to underpin their competence in their job role.
You will also study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.
You will meet with your assessor either in a group of other learners or on a one-to-one basis. This will either be at a College site or at your workplace. There is no exam.
You will work with your assessor to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your competence and knowledge of your job role. You will be observed in your job role by your assessor to demonstrate your competence.
Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment required legally and to help you undertake your role safely.
It is anticipated that learners selecting the Social Care pathway will progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care or the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services. There is also the opportunity to progress to a relevant foundation degree.
You can advance to senior support or management roles within the sector.