The Health & Social Care
Apprenticeship Level 3

The Health & Social Care level 3 Apprenticeship is designed to accredit the knowledge and skills of those employed within the health and social care sector.

This course is relevant to those supporting adults in roles such as:

  • Senior Healthcare assistants

  • Senior Support workers in primary care environment

  • Senior Domiciliary careworkers

  • Senior Carers working in the community

  • Nursing auxiliaries

On completion of this Apprenticeship you will receive the following qualifications:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)

  • Level 2 Essential Application of Number Skills (AON)*

  • Level 2 Essential Communication Skills*

  • Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care

Entry Requirements

Learners applying for this course must be working with adults in the health and social care sector for a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Learners applying for this course must not be following any other European Social Fund or Welsh Government funded courses to be eligible for funding, however, it is possible to privately fund this qualification.

The full duration of this Level 3 Apprenticeship is 12 months, however, it is possible to complete framework within a shorter timescale under certain circumstances.

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults) qualification, the learner must achieve all mandatory units and as well as several optional units. A total of 58 credits must be achieved.


  • Progression through levels to higher Apprenticeships

  • Opportunities to take on additional responsibilities in the work place

  • Prospects for career progression

  • Increased salary banding

  • Gaining transferable skills

  • Opportunities to access further education/university

Learners may consider a career in social work, nursing, paramedics, theatre preparation, counselling or foster care.

Mandatory Units

  • Promote Communication

  • Engage in personal development

  • Promote equality and inclusion

  • Implementing duty of care

  • Principles of safeguarding and protection

  • The role of the health and social care worker

  • Promote person centred approaches

  • Promote and implement health and safety

  • Promote good practice of handling information

  • Understand sensory loss

Optional Units

The optional units available are designed to add flexibility to the real working context of the learner. In addition to familiar health and social care contexts, there are also optional units related to dementia, mental health, infection control and physical disabilities. A combination of these will need to make up the remaining units needed to achieve the qualification. Examples are:

  • Care planning

  • Administering Medication

  • Providing active support