Health and Social Care Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC498
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study Mode: Part time

Health and Social care is about helping people with diverse needs and ages. This type of care takes place anywhere in the community, from people in their own homes to clinics, surgeries, hostels, communal living, hospitals, rest homes and nursing homes.

You must also be willing to undergo disclosure and barring service checks (this is needed as apprentices are likely to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults).


Candidates can undertake one of three optional pathways

  • Generic
  • Dementia
  • Adults with learning difficulties
What will I study?

Selection of units from the Health & Social Care Apprenticeship:

  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
  • Handle information in health and social care settings
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Workplace observations
  • Coursework
  • Exams (Functional Skills)
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Assignment
  • Questioning


What can I do next?

Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for progression on to higher education in subjects like Nursing, Operating Department Practitioner roles and Management roles. Students also have the chance to progress onto a Level 5 Leadership and Management in Care Services qualification, or a foundation degree in health related studies.

Your Study Programme

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Future income

Starting salaries in the NHS are between £15,000 and £18,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to around £20,000.

Extra allowances may be paid for working unsocial hours, like nights, weekends and bank holidays.


If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.

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