Apprenticeship In Health & Social Care

  • Ambulance staff
  • Care assistants and home carers
  • Care workers
  • Community support and outreach workers
  • Counsellors
  • Healthcare practice managers
  • Hospital and health service managers
  • Housekeepers and related occupations
  • Line managers
  • Domiciliary Care Workers
  • Hospice staff
  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • Nursing auxiliaries and assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Registered managers
  • Residential and day care managers
  • Residential wardens
  • Senior management
  • Social workers
  • Supervisors
  • Undertakers and mortuary assistants
  • The median salary for Health and Social Care in the North West is £18,000 per annum.
  • Examples of median annual salaries for Health sector occupations include: health and social care associate professionals £22,000, medical practitioners £64,000, nurse and midwife £27,000, social worker £30,000.

If you are ages 16-23 the Skills Funding Agency will fund the cost of the training.
If you are aged 24+ an employer contribution would be required.

Level 2 & 3 – There are no formal entry requirements for this pathway, however, the Apprentice should be in employment where they can obtain the evidence which reflects their knowledge and experience. Oldham College Job Shop can help to place individuals into roles.

Level 5 – Individuals are required to be in a Supervisory/Management position to allow the level of evidence required. 

If you are interested in helping people with a particular need such as disabled, the elderly or people with learning disabilities a career in health and social care could be for you. The course is designed with the help of employers to upskill the care workforce. Developing their knowledge of caring practices, current legislations and government policies to maintain privacy and dignity of all service users in a range of care settings.
It might be a case of supporting someone in their own home and assisting with daily living tasks or involve working with someone with complex care needs in a nursing or residential setting. 

Progression routes are available from Level 2, Level 3 and moving up to Level 5. 

As a student of Oldham College you will have full use of all the college facilities

This course will include training on job role responsibilities, duty of care, medication, communication skills, Health & Safety, confidentiality and Safeguarding. The nature of the course allows flexibility of selecting units that help develop knowledge and understanding of working in a care setting.

At Level 2 you should be able to use your knowledge, skills and ideas to complete clear tasks and tackle straightforward problems. This includes taking responsibility for completing tasks under guidance, while showing you can also think independently.

At Level 3 you should be able to use your knowledge, skills and judgment to initiate and complete semi-complex tasks and procedures (within limits). This includes being able to address problems with a level of independence. You also need to be aware of different viewpoints or approaches within your area of study or work

At Levels 5 you should be able to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address broadly-defined, complex problems. It includes taking responsibility for planning and developing courses of action for yourself and others. You also need to understand different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the reasoning behind them

Level 2 & 3
Diploma in Health & Social Care
Certificate in Preparing to Work in Health and Social Care
Functional Skills – Maths and English (unless already accredited)

Level 5
Diploma in Leadership & Management in a Care Setting

This course offers a wide variety of career options and pathways. In order to progress in your chosen role it is widely accepted that Apprenticeships/Work Based Learning is the option to demonstrate your skills and competencies to assist your progression through the career ladder.

There’s great opportunity for career development within this industry and you can progress to be a health professional in Nursing, Social Work, Support Work and other care professions.

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development