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The Advanced Level Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People's Workforce, pathway 2: Children and Young People's Social Care is designed for people working in settings such as residential care homes, residential special schools, therapeutic communities, secure children's homes and are responsible for promoting a caring, healthy, stimulating, safe and secure environment for the children and young people in their care.

Course details

The Apprentice framework includes the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Level 2 Functional Skill English
  • Level 2 Functional Skill maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skill ICT

The mandatory units on the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce are:

  • Promote communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Promote child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Support children and young people's health and safety
  • Develop positive relationship with children, young people and others involved in their care
  • Working together for the benefit of children and young people
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Assessment and planning with children and young people
  • Promote the well-being and resilience of children and young people
  • Professional practice in children and young people's social care
Entry guidelines

Apprentices must be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Apprenticeships where the apprentice is working and studying for less than 30 hours per week are by exception only. In any circumstances the apprentice must not work for less than 16 hours per week.

Due to regulations regarding working in social care, there is a minimum age requirement for this pathway. The "Children's Homes: National Minimum Standards" (Department for Education, 2011) state: 17.11. - All care staff are at least 18 years old, and staff who are given sole responsibility for children or a management role are at least 21 years old. Within this requirement no person works in a children's home unless they are at least four years older than the oldest child accommodated.

Therefore, it is essential that anyone wishing to undertake this pathway must have reached their 18th birthday prior to registration and must be working in the sector.

As the level of this pathway (L3) determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.

It is a requirement to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Additional Information

Apprenticeships are designed for individuals who are in paid employment within the sector and would like to achieve qualifications which recognise the skills they gain in the workplace. An Advanced Level Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 15 months and a maximum of 24 months. If you have already found a job you may be able to convert it into an Apprenticeship. Speak to your employer and discuss the opportunity of you becoming an Apprentice. There is plenty of help and support for you and your employer and they may be eligible for a grant. Contact our Employer Services team for more information on 0151 551 7610 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are looking for a job with an Apprenticeship you can register on the National Apprenticeship Vacancy website www.apprenticeships.org.uk or to view the Apprenticeship we are currently advertising go to http://wmc.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeships-vacancies/

Where can I progress to?

Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. senior care worker, advanced practitioner in residential care, support worker. There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Foundation Degrees in Health & Social care or Therapeutic care, Level 5 Diploma in Leading and Managing Care Services (Registered Managers or Advanced Practice pathway), or to undertake the CWDC Professional Practice Standards in Children's Residential Care as further Continuing Professional Development (set at level 5). For further information see the Professional Pathways model for foster care & children's residential care http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120119192332/http://cwdcouncil.org.uk/social-care/professional-pathways-etool/foster-care-pathway However, if an apprentice wished to do so, more academic qualifications are available at Graduate level.e.g. Degree in Social Work.

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When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).