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Adult Care - Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2


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. An adult care worker works with people and is passionate about supporting and enabling people to live a more independent and fulfilling life. This is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.

Entry requirements

You will need to be aged 16 years and over to apply for the apprenticeship programme.

The applicant will undertake a diagnostic assessment at level 1 for both Maths and English and a free writing exercise prior to enrolment. You will be required to achieve a score of 50% or above in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme.

Applicants who have already obtained GCSE maths and English grade A to E or Key Skills Level 1 will be required to provide certificate/s at the enrolment stage, which will exempt the applicants from undertaking the functional skills qualifications within the apprenticeship programme.

Industry-specific requirements

Undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.

The individual must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate. The Care Quality Commission expects that providers who employ healthcare assistants and social care support workers follow these standards, to ensure new staff are supported, skilled and assessed as competent to carry out their roles.

How long is the course?

12 - 18 months.


How will I be assessed?

All units will be assessed via assignments, witness testimonies, reflective accounts, professional discussion and observations.

To complete the apprentice standard you are required to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • Situational judgement test
  • Professional discussion

What does the course lead to?

The course supports progression onto other related courses, including:

  • Level 3 Lead Adult Care (You would be required to be in a supervisory role).
  • Other care-related short courses.
  • This course also complements others available at Vision West Nottinghamshire College, listed in the adult course guide and online. 

What will I study?

In order to meet the apprenticeship standards, apprentices must:

  • Achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Adult Care
  • Individuals without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths before taking the end-point assessment.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

For more information contact us on 0808 100 3626 or email:



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