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QCF Courses

Entry requirements

Set by employer. Candidates must undertake a recognised enhanced disclosure and barring service check.


* level 2 diploma in health and social care (adults) for England (QCF) * the Care Certificate Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must: * achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G) * take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

What apprentices will learn

Adult care practices, principles and standards – including care planning, duty of care, professional boundaries and individual dignity and respect supporting individual physical and mental well-being to help people live as independently as possible – including individual control and choice and person centred care safeguarding – including addressing personal rights and safety, dealing with abuse, comments and complaints and whistleblowing communication skills – including active listening, showing empathy and verbal, non-verbal and written communication health and safety practices and standards within a care environment – including dealing with accidents, fire safety, hazardous substances and infection control

Role Profile (what the successful candidate should be able to do at the end of the Apprenticeship)

To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. This standard covers both Adult Care Workers and Personal Assistants. Personal assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual usually within their own home. Working with people, feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.


12-18 months


This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector.


Industry-specific requirements

  1. Undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.
  2. The Care Certificate must be achieved as part of the Apprenticeship Standard.

The QCF (former NVQ) Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2 is a nationally recognised qualification based on the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards approved by Skills for Care & Development. The award will confirm knowledge, skills and competence for individuals working with adults and children across all social care settings, such as within residential settings, primary care environments, domiciliary services, day services and supported living. The qualification is achieved through both classroom learning and work based.

Duration of course – 6 Months

Qualification Awarding Body 




This course is available on funding and for private learners.

Career progression

This qualification is the full QCF (former NVQ) Level 3 in Health and Social Care and is the qualification recognised by care providers, the CQC and the Nursing Universities. It is also possible to choose units to achieve the 60 credits required for entry for nursing qualifications. It also progresses to a diploma in leadership and management Level 5.

Duration of course – 9 Months

Qualification Awarding Body 




This course is available on funding and for private learners.

Safety Awareness:
This course is the subject on the basic requirements of health and safety as a start in any workplace. It covers the likes of the law, the regulations on Risk Assessments, COSHH Assessments, Workplace and Housekeeping, Work Equipment, Electricity, First Aid, Fire Safety, PPE, Display Screen Equipment and Manual Handling. Throughout the course duration it is open to question and answers from the group.

Risk Assessment:
This course covers the subject on how to carry out a risk assessment with a small introduction on the law around risk assessments. The risk assessment process encompasses the risks of the Workplace and Housekeeping, Work Equipment, Electricity, First Aid, Fire Safety, PPE, Display Screen Equipment and Manual Handling. It is also interactive on Risk Assessments so that the group carry out at least this process. At least 5 risk assessments are carried out with the group on their choice.

Fire Safety Awareness:
This covers fire safety that include how fires start, fire alarm systems, signage, fire detection, fire assembly points, evacuation routes, procedures, emergency lighting, fire procedures, fire plans, fire extinguishers and use of, combustible materials, flammable liquids, ignition sources.

A question and answer paper is completed with the group at the end.

Duration of Course – ½ day