This course aims to guide and assess the development of knowledge, skills and competence relating to the health and social care workforce. It serves as the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements in the social care sector and is based on the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards.
You must be aged over 16 and must be working in a social care setting or job role on a paid employment basis for at least 16 hours per week. This qualification is suitable for workers in Adult Health and Social Care Services in roles such as senior care assistant, support worker and key worker in residential settings, domiciliary services, community and primary care environments, day services and supported living projects.
You will study the following qualifications:
You will also complete Functional Skills in Mathematics and English as well as Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
You will meet with your assessor/tutor 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. This is usually on a fortnightly basis. 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.
You will sit exams for Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care and Functional Skills.
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 will progress to Level 5 QCF qualifications for management or senior practitioner roles in health and social care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.