Adult Care Worker, Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

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.


Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

The course covers the following knowledge and skills:
? The job they have to do, their main tasks and responsibilities
? The importance of having the right values and behaviours
? The importance of communication
? How to support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
? How to promote health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and work colleagues
? How to work professionally, including their own professional development

These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all Adult Care Workers carrying out their roles
Care - is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
Compassion - is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect
Courage - is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
Communication - good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working
Competence - is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support
Commitment - to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

End Point Assessment (EPA)
Situational judgement test
The situational judgement test will present the candidate with a range of real-life scenarios about which the learner will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions). The assessment will normally be undertaken online, under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. Questions will draw from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order competencies. Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standard.

Professional discussion
A professional discussion will be undertaken with an independent assessor. The discussion will be of no more than 45 minutes’ duration. Candidates can only apply to undertake the discussion component once the multiple choice assessment has been achieved. The discussion will draw questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience including, where applicable, the candidate’s self-assessment and supporting evidence including testimony from users of services and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice candidate in the interview.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.
The Care Certificate must be achieved as part of the Apprenticeship Standard.

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Apply for this apprenticeship.  We can then support you to find employment and prepare your job application.

- Register your details and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

Next: Fees

Training for apprentices is free for all ages. However, if you hold a full Level 4 qualification (or higher) you will not be eligible for apprenticeship funding. Alternative funding options may be available. Please call 01539 814713 or email for information.

Next: Apply

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