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Adult Care Worker

Course Code: AP2

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: OCR
Qualification: Apprenticeship, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 18 months
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Adult Care Workers 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.

Job titles might include: Care Assistant, Care Worker, Support Worker, Personal Assistant, Relief Team Worker, Support Worker – Supported Living, Key Worker in Residential Settings, Key Worker in Domiciliary Services, Key Worker in Day Services, Home Care Support Worker, Substance Misuse Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker and Re-enablement Worker.

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.

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.

What you'll learn

The tasks and responsibilities of the job role relevant to the context of the service in which they are working. This could include:

  • supporting with social activities, monitoring health, assisting with eating, mobility and personal care
  • professional boundaries and limits of their training and expertise
  • relevant statutory standards and codes of practice for their role. What the ‘duty of care’ is in practice
  • how to contribute towards the development and creation of a care plan underpinned by the individuals preferences in regard to the way they want to be supported
  • how to identify, respond to and escalate changes to physical, social, and emotional needs of individuals
  • how to access, follow and be compliant with regulations and organisational policies and procedures
  • how to support and enable individuals to achieve their personal aims and goals
  • what dignity means in how to work with individuals and others
  • the importance of respecting diversity and treating everyone equally
  • ensure dignity is at the centre of all work with the individuals they support, their families, carers and advocates
  • demonstrate all work is person centred, accommodating the individual’s needs, wishes and preferences
  • demonstrate empathy (understanding and compassion) for individuals they support
  • demonstrate courage in supporting people in ways that may challenge their personal/cultural beliefs.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of:

  • functional skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried our with the College’s health and social care team
  • undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting
  • the individual must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate. The Care Quality Commission expect that providers that employ healthcare assistants and social care support workers follow these standards to make sure new staff are supported, skilled and assessed as competent to carry out their roles.

Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

This Apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector. Individuals without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

For those with an Education, Health and Care plan or a legacy statement the Apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is entry level 3. British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who use this as their primary language.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.