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Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard (with functional skills)

Health and Social Care

Functional Skills


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 competencies 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 (extract from Adult Care Worker standard available here.)

The Level 2 Diploma in Care qualification has been designed to align to the Adult Care Worker standard and also the Healthcare Support worker standard to support entry to either the adult care or health workforces.

The mandatory units cover core competencies whilst the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of specialist areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.

  • Full or Part offer: This is at the centre’s discretion – the standard typically takes 18-24 months
  • Guided Learning Hours and/or Min and Max: 307
  • Credit Value with Functional Skills: 56

Potential Job Roles

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.