Apprenticeships are an excellent way to progress your career and continue to earn and develop on the job. There are already lots of apprenticeship opportunities in Health and Social Care and more are becoming available. They allow you to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen role and move along your career pathway, possibly onto the next apprenticeship level.

What you will learn depends on the role that you are training for. For example, you could be an apprentice Care Assistant or Healthcare Assistant, Nursing Associate or Registered Nurse. There will be more apprenticeships for other roles in the future. Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means you'll gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship that you can use with any employer in the future.

As an apprentice you can expect to:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study at college related to your role (usually one day a week)
  • for higher level apprenticeships your study is often integrated into your job role

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level (apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their course).



Equivalent educational level






A level



Foundation degree and above



Bachelor's or master's degree

The different apprenticeship standards have equivalent educational levels.

Most Health and Social Care organisations offer apprenticeships at various levels. So, in the future as you progress through your career pathway you will increasingly be able to do each stage of it as an apprenticeship. This enables you to earn and learn throughout your career and could for example, move from Care Worker to Registered Manager.

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Entry requirements

You will usually need:

  • For an intermediate apprenticeship GCSE English and Maths at grades 9 – 4 (A*-C) as a minimum
  • For an advance apprenticeship 5 GCSEs at grades 9 – 4 (A*-C), including English and Maths

Some of the apprenticeship standards currently available are:

You can find out more about apprenticeships at:

Further education and skills: Apprenticeships - GOV.UK


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