The course runs for two years full-time and combines classroom study with work-based learning. Days are organised as follows:
- One day a week per academic year (Sept - July) attending taught sessions at Swindon College.
- Thirty hours a week or more in workplace learning is a required minimum throughout the year as per the Apprenticeship Standard.
You will have to complete the End of Point Assessment at the completion of the Higher Apprenticeship. More details of this will be discussed during your course.
The course consists of units of study called modules. Taught sessions will contain core content and you will also have the opportunity to customise your 'pathway' during the course. With the support of your tutors, you will be able to identify work-based outcomes that reflect and respond to your individual role and employment needs.
You will attend classes that include:
- Study skills
- Science for health and social care
- Social and welfare systems
- Legal and ethical aspects of care
- Research and evidence.
- You will have to complete the End of Point Assessment at the completion of the Higher Apprenticeship. More details of this will be discussed during your course.
50 per cent of the course is work-based learning and 50 per cent is taught in college.
The teaching and learning you experience will:
- Introduce you to and encourage you to engage in new areas of knowledge. You will also be given the opportunity to broaden and deepen your existing knowledge.
- Encourage you to engage in critical analysis of concepts, theories and practice and to test your analysis against perceived understandings and practices.
- Give you the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a range of activities relevant to your role in the health and social care environment.
- Encourage you to engage in critical reflection. You will be asked to reflect on new knowledge and understanding and on your own learning experiences.