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Health & Social Care

Key Info

Working in care is a rewarding occupation, with an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and well-being of others. The Level 2 qualification is suited to a range of job roles in many different workplaces including care homes, day centres, hospitals and even people’s homes. There are some great progression opportunities for those that work in health and social care, with the chance to specialise in certain areas of the sector.

Who are these qualifications for?

The level 2 qualification is for those who are new to a health and social care role or already in one which involves delivering care directly to clients and assisting them with daily living. Level 3 is for staff with more responsibilities within their role or they may have responsibilities for others in a team leading or supervisor role. Level 3 may also be appropriate for domiciliary carers or night-workers. 

What are the entry requirements?

In order to start a health and social care qualification, candidates must have a work placement. The candidate must be paid the Apprenticeship Wage as a minimum, but many employers pay a bit more. The position should ideally be for at least 30 hours per week.  If you are already employed, working requirements can be negotiated depending on existing experience. 

Personal qualities required to work in this sector

If you’re already working in a Health and Social Care role, it is likely you will naturally possess many of the personal qualities that are suited to this sector. 

Candidates are usually required to have excellent people skills, with a friendly, caring and pleasant nature. Individuals need to have a genuine desire to help people with an understanding of the importance of respecting others. Both team working whilst having the ability to work using own initiative are essential qualities, as is being patient and able to remain calm under pressure.

Qualification Information & Content

How long will it take to complete?

The Level 2 qualification will take between 12 to 15 months to complete. At Level 3, candidates can expect to complete in 12 to 18 months. Completion times may vary and are dependent on a range of factors including candidate ability, previous experience and working hours.

How will the qualifications be achieved?

Qualifications are largely work-based. Candidates will have an assessor who will visit them at work on a regular basis to document progress through observations, discussions and witness testimonies from managers. Depending on your current circumstances some individuals will just work towards the vocational qualification, whilst others may work towards an Apprenticeship.

Progression Opportunities

The Level 2 qualification offers many opportunities for progression. At this level you may have been working in a range of roles including: a care assistant, healthcare support assistant, support worker, substance misuse worker or personal assistant. You may decide you want to specialise further in your chosen field, or may use your skills and knowledge as an opportunity to access more senior roles. 

On completion of Level 3 Health and Social Care would allow candidates to progress on to higher level qualifications to include level 4 and 5 Health and Social Care depending on your job role. Candidates could also look at access to nursing qualifications and managerial positions. 

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