Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) Level 2 apprenticeship


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Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) Level 2 apprenticeship


The qualification is practice-based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice. It develops the learner’s ability to practically support the health and care needs of adults in a range of settings and will enable them to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, behaviours, skills and practice within a health and social care setting. In particular, learners will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Understand, and apply in practice, the principles and values which underpin health and social care
  • Understand, and apply in practice, person-centred approaches
  • Make a positive contribution to the health and social care sector through their own practice
  •  Reflect on practice to continuously improve
  • Understand job roles and ways of working within the health and social care sector
  • Use literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills as appropriate within their role.

It is suitable for:

  • Learners from 16 years of age who are working in a support role with adults in the Healthcare and Social Care Sectors
  • Learners who have completed the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core qualification
  • Learners already employed in the Healthcare and Social Care Sectors
  • Learners returning to the workplace after a career break looking to refresh their knowledge and skills
  • Learners who have completed the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts (Adults) qualification.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is strongly encouraged that learners have completed the core qualification prior to, or alongside the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) as this will be a requirement for practice set by Social Care Wales. It is also a feature of the Foundation Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.

What is covered on the course?

The mandatory content of the qualification is aligned to the key themes of the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care and includes:

  • Professional practice
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Legislation, national policy and codes of practice
  • Health and well-being (adults)
  • A range of practice areas such as dementia or learning disability.

This qualification contains a single mandatory and a range of optional units that are linked to specific types of support or health and social care settings.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the following:

  • Health and Social Care Core (Adults) Level 2
  • Health and Social Care Practice (Adults) Level 2
  • Essential Skills in Maths and English Level 1 (if applicable)

How is the apprenticeship delivered?


This qualification is delivered in workshops via Zoom by a Knowledge Coach and assessed at our registered centre.

The qualification will provide a thorough introduction to the principles, values and knowledge needed to work in the healthcare and social care sectors with adults.

The content for this qualification supports learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of:
• The core principles and values that underpin health and social care practice
• Ways of working in the health and social care sectors
• Effective practice within health and social care
• Progression routes to further study or employment within Health and Social Care safeguarding.

To achieve the Adults pathways within this qualification, candidates must pass:

  • Three externally-set scenario-based assessments are marked in a training centre and can be taken throughout the qualification or at the end.
  • One externally-set, externally-marked multiple-choice test.


This qualification is delivered mainly in the workplace by a Vocational Coach, with integrated Zoom meetings.

The learner must successfully complete;
• A portfolio that includes direct observation of practice • Externally set, internally assessed tasks.

Essential Skills

These qualifications are fundamental to the skills agenda in Wales. Essential Skills qualifications enable learners to develop their knowledge and application of numbers, communication and digital literacy skills. Essential Skills qualifications help learners to develop and demonstrate that they can apply these vital skills to a range of situations whilst at work, in learning and throughout life.

The qualifications are part of the apprenticeship framework and are taught through workshop delivery by Skills Coaches who are experts in this area. Skills Coaches offer a hybrid approach to teaching and learning ahead of learners completing the Controlled Task and Confirmatory Test.

The qualifications comprise of a Controlled Task and end Confirmatory Online Test. The task is completed in a supervised environment and the test must be invigilated. Both must be undertaken in one of our registered testing centres.

HSC Level 2 Practice (Adults) will also complete:

  • EAonS (Essential Application of Number) Level 1
  • ECommS (Essential Communication) Level 1

Your Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Questions Answered

Click below for answers to some frequently asked questions around Health and Social Care apprenticeships and how they work. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Can My Existing Staff Start a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship?

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Of course! Placing your existing staff on an apprenticeship within health and social care is a great way of upskilling your employees and uncovering your future managers. It can be a great way of motivating and rewarding your staff by committing to their continued personal development within your business.

How Does the Health and Social Care Apprentice Learn?

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Health and Social care apprentices do most of their learning at work and benefit from regular contact with their dedicated assigned assessor. There is coursework to be completed while on the course, which is to be submitted online, however, the knowledge to complete this is provided while learning inside your business.

How Much Do I Have to Pay an Apprentice?

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Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices if they are aged 19 and under or aged 19 and over and in their first year of an apprenticeship.

Apprentices are often paid higher amounts as their skills develop and we encourage employers to do so to encourage the development and growth of the health and social care worker.

What Are My Responsibilities as an Employer to my Health & Social Care Apprentice?

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There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship within Health and Social Care. You must pay an apprentice’s wages and the role must help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve the apprenticeship with support.

You will need to have:

  • an apprenticeship agreement in place with their apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • a commitment statement signed by the apprentice, yourself as the employer and us as the training provider
  • for employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and use the apprenticeship service; you will need to have a contract for services in place which we can support with
  • an apprenticeship in place for at least one year
  • the apprentice on the correct wage for their age, for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and doing further study

What are the Level Equivalents for Apprenticeships?

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  • An intermediate (level 2) apprenticeship = 5 GCSE passes
  • An Advanced (level 3) apprenticeship = 2 A level passes
  • A higher (level 4 & 5) apprenticeship = Foundation degree and above

Why should I Take on an Apprentice For Health and Social Care?

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Apprentices can bring fresh new ideas to your business allowing them to grow and thrive. You gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way for your health and social care practice. They can motivate your workforce more and overall enhance your business performance while addressing skills shortages in your business.

Why Choose Aspiration Training For a Health and Social Care Apprentice?

Aspiration Training can help you to choose an apprenticeship course that is right for your employees, or support you with recruitment to fill an apprenticeship vacancy in Health and Social care. We work closely with you and the learner, helping to develop the skills needed for your setting in Health and Social Care. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your business needs and ensure that both you and the learner achieve your desired outcomes.

Aspiration Training is able to tap into a talent pool for Health and Social care that is overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into apprenticeship roles that progress into thriving careers. We do everything thoroughly, ensuring that each step is done right and success is achieved. To find out more about the Health and Social Care level 2 apprenticeship, get in touch with us today and discover how you can find the perfect apprentice for your business.


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Our experience with Aspiration Training has been a really positive one. Our assessor supported and challenged us throughout the apprenticeship, and empowered us to successfully achieve our qualifications within the allocated timescale.

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