Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 2


Adult Care Workers 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. Typical duration is around 12-18 months.

The personal attributes and behaviours expected of all adult care workers are:

  • Care - is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives 
  • Compassion - is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect 
  • Courage - is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk 
  • Communication - good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working 
  • Competence - is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support 
  • Commitment - to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred

Typical Job Titles

Care Assistant/Worker, Support Worker, Home Care Support Worker, Relief Team Worker, Supported Living Assistant, Key worker, Learning Disability Support Worker.

Programme Requirements

There are no set entry requirements for the programme, but we have to make sure that the Apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the Apprenticeship qualification, and that they are working at the right level in their job role. It is a requirement to complete an initial assessment in English and Maths, and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments.
TYPICAL DURATION 12 - 18 months to complete, depending on the employer and apprentice needs.

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 expect that providers that employ healthcare assistants and social care support workers follow these standards to make sure new staff are supported, skilled and assessed as competent to carry out their roles.


Level 2 Diploma in Care


13 months

Apprenticeship Content

Employers involved in creating the standard: Woodford Homecare, Anchor, Barchester Healthcare, CareTech, Central Bedfordshire Council, Creative Support, Hand in Hands, Hendra Healthcare (Ludlow) Limited, Hertfordshire County Council, Surrey County Council, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL)

What can an Apprentice do next?

Progression can be made to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Lead Adult Care Worker Level 

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