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.