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Apprenticeships are programmes of learning undertaken alongside employment. You will learn the skills and knowledge required for your job, at an appropriate level, whilst earning a wage. 20% of your qualification will be off the job training with documented evidence. Apprenticeships are government funded programmes (see Funding below), consisting of the following elements which need to be completed to earn your qualification:

Diplomas in Care and Adult Care
Functional Skills Maths and English (either level 1 or level 2)
Care Certificates
End Point Assessment


Diplomas are qualifications you gain whilst working in health and social care services. You will develop knowledge in core subjects and gain the skills to show competence in your role from a selection of option units. Diplomas can be achieved at:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Care (46 credits) for support workers, care assistants, homecare workers, personal assistants
  • Level 3 Diploma in Care (58 credits) for senior support workers, deputy managers, care co-ordinators, team leaders
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (70 credits) for deputy managers, senior care co-ordinators, re-enablement workers
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (86 credits) for registered managers working in residential services, day care services, support living schemes or senior practitioners, proprietor, or those working towards a managerial position

Diplomas can be undertaken independently of an Apprenticeship and can be privately funded or funded through your employer.

Extended Diplomas

The Level 2 Extended Diploma Qualification is fully funded and suitable for learners who wish to undertake a knowledge only qualification or wish to progress into Higher Education. It consists of 5 mandatory units and 2 option units graded A*-D and can take between 7- 12 months to complete. This qualification attracts a maximum of 48 UCAS points.

Functional Skills

Functional skills in English and Maths (for health and social care diplomas) and ICT, are offered for all learners who do not have a GCSE or equivalent qualification in these subjects. Learners are fully supported through workshops, practice papers and other resources to develop the knowledge they need in order to pass. These can be taken at Level 1 or Level 2.

The Care Certificate

Endorsed by the Care Quality Commission, this Certificate should be part of an effective induction into your new role in health and social care. It is a requirement of an Apprenticeship, and can be delivered alongside your Diploma.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

Once you have finished your portfolio of evidence and passed any functional skills needed, you will be required to complete the End Point Assessment. This involves an on- line situational test and a professional discussion with an independent assessor. You will be fully supported and prepared for this process whilst undertaking your qualification.


No prior learning or qualifications are required to apply for an Apprenticeship. All we ask is that you are 16 years of age, in current employment, have lived in the UK for the last 3 years (or have proof of residency if less) and are not currently accessing another government funded qualification.


How your Apprenticeship is funded will depend upon whether you work for a large Levy paying employer or a small non-levy paying employer, and will involve a contractual obligation with your employer. Please speak to your employer or contact us for further advice or guidance on funding.

The Level 2 Extended Diploma is fully funded and no contributions are requested from your employer.

Diplomas can be delivered and directly funded by yourself or your employer. Payment plans can be arranged on request.

Advance Care Training are an approved EFSA provider registered on the RoATP and the Nottingham City Council approved provider register