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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 3 Apprenticeship for Residential Childcare (England) has been announced by the Government as part of the current reform of children’s residential care.

A key driver for reform has been the sexual exploitation of children in care by organised groups in various localities, and the shortfalls in care which this has highlighted.

It is therefore hoped that this qualification will improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable children and young people in residential care, by guiding and assessing the development of carers' knowledge and skills and by confirming their competence.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required before you can register for this qualification. You would, however, benefit from completing mandatory induction training or a probationary period before starting the course.

You should be working as a carer in a residential childcare setting in order to be able to gather evidence to support your qualification.

Course Content

You will complete the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England).

You will develop and demonstrate a range of technical and wider sector-related knowledge to underpin your competence in your job role.

This includes:

  • the development of children and young people in residential childcare
  • how to support positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare
  • how to safeguard and protect children and young people in residential childcare
  • how to support children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse.

You will also study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.

How will I be assessed?

You will meet with your assessor either in a group of other students 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.


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to safely undertake your role.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children's Residential Services.

You can take your career forward in roles such as senior support worker, team leader or deputy manager.

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