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Health & Social Care

Working with adults is highly rewarding, but also demanding and a huge responsibility, our Adult Care programme is a varied course covering all aspects of Health and Social Care.

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48 weeks*

1, 2 & 3

Full Time (Placement Required)

Sunderland, South Tyneside & Hartlepool

About the course

Working with adults is highly rewarding, but also demanding and a huge responsibility. Our Health and Social Care qualifications, available from levels 1 to 3, can help you achieve your career ambitions. Placed in an Adult Care setting to gain valuable hands on experience, you will also learn basic First Aid, Care of the Elderly and more. There is also the opportunity to complete a medication unit within Health and Social Care.

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Level 1 Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings

This qualification will develop the knowledge and awareness of the types of provision in the Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s sectors. They include the roles played by workers, from principles and values through to health and safety and working with others. This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to develop an understanding of these settings before deciding whether working in the sector is for them. It allows learners to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment or career progression, and allows learners to tailor their learning to their interests through the provision of a broad range of optional units.

Level 2 in Health and Social Care

Our Level 2 in Health and Social Care qualification covers a range of key subject areas in Health and Social Care and includes a bank of optional units, allowing learners to pursue an interest in chosen subject areas. The Level 2 qualification enables applied study of the health and social care sector, providing learners with an introduction to key areas relating to current practice. The mandatory units in this qualification aim to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of key subject areas in health and social care. Achievement of this qualification will equip learners with knowledge and understanding across a range of key subject areas, for example; equality, diversity and rights in health and social care, human growth and development through the lifespan, and the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding individuals.


We work closely with local employers in the North East to offer Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship Diploma’s in Health and Social Care. Our Adult Care Worker apprentices will provide frontline care for vulnerable adults within their own homes, daycare centres, residential and nursing homes, as well as other health care settings. Our apprenticeships in Health and Social Care have been designed to enable our learners to access higher education or assist with progression into the workplace.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Entry Level – No previous qualifications are required for this programme, however, a pre-course interview will be required before a place is offered.
Learners without their GCSE’s can access Level 1, whereas those learners who already have their GCSE English and Maths can go straight on to Level 2. Those already employed in a health and social care setting would go on to Level 3.
Enhanced DBS check is required.

Course Costs

Courses are free if you’re aged 16-18.
Courses are also free if you’re 19+, unemployed and claiming benefits, or if you’re 19+, employed and earning less than 17k a year.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed via written assessments and practical assignments. You are also required to complete a work experience placement as part of our Adult Care course – you will be assessed during this.


To equip individuals with the skills for a career in the adult care/health and social care sector. Career opportunities can include heath care assistant, nurse, auxiliary assistant, ambulance staff, community support worker and social workers.

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I left school not knowing what I really wanted to do so I took a chance and joined Springboard. On Study Programme I met Gemma. She helped and supported me through my Level 1 Health and Social Care and soon enough I was on placement at Sycamore Care Centre. The care home offered me an apprenticeship and I jumped at the chance because I really loved caring for elderly people. I realised quickly that this is what I wanted to do. Ashley, my mentor helps me in the care home and Gemma supports me through a Diploma. I love that I have 1 lesson every fortnight in Springboard where all apprentices get together and share experiences. It helps me so much with learning and the support is fab.

Chloe Williams
Health and Social Care Learner & Apprentice, Sycamore Care Centre

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