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Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 2

This is the sole apprenticeship for people employed in delivering adult social care in England and to enrol on to the programme you will need to be working in a relevant setting such a residential or nursing home, domiciliary care, a day centre, a person’s own home or clinical healthcare setting. You will study a range of topics to help with your everyday tasks such as handling information, health and safety, safeguarding and duty of care. Alongside the main programme, you will be able to study for first aid and manual handling qualifications at no extra cost.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You must demonstrate the ability to work towards Level 1 in both English and maths following an initial assessment.

Other requirements: You must be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. You should have a suitable level of physical fitness and ability to perform some aspects of the job roles for example, involve assisting in moving and handling of people and objects.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Communication
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Personal development
  • Role of the social care worker
  • Handling information
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Duty of care
  • Person centred approaches 

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will include observation, knowledge sheets, reflective accounts, professional discussion, oral/written questions, case studies and witness testimony. Functional skills are assessed via exams and there will be a self-assessment exercise in the last month of the apprenticeship.   

Once you have completed the Care Certificate, Level 2 Health & Social Care Diploma, Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy, you will need to complete an end of point assessment which is carried out by an external assessor.  This will include a situational judgement test carried out by a multiple choice exercise and a professional discussion. 


You will gain the following qualifications:

The Care Certificate
Health & Social Care Skills First Level 2 Diploma


  • Functional Skills in English and maths 

Further study and career options

Further study: Apprentices can also progress onto the advanced Apprenticeship ‘Lead Adult Care Worker’

Future careers: This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the care sector.

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. If you are in the Bedford area, please call us on 01234 291000 for more information. If you are in the Luton area, please make an enquiry on the Luton Training Centre page.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
12 to 18 months Flexible Dependent on existing skills Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street K1562

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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