The Higher Apprenticeship was designed following extensive consultation with social care employers. It is for those in a managerial or business development role in adult social care, or for those who require a high level of knowledge or specific specialism.
The general pathway is an achievement of the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England). This qualification requires achievement of a minimum of 80 QCF credits.
As well as taking the general pathway, learners have the option to take the specialist pathway in an area of specialist care knowledge, or in enterprise skills and achieve a Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) Diploma at level 5 (120 FHEQ credits).
Those taking the specialist pathway can gain an 'exemption', where they can transfer the 80 credits from the Level 5 Diploma in the general pathway and undertake specialist modules with a value of 40 FHEQ credits to gain a university qualification at level 5. They can then, if they choose, use the 120 credits gained to progress onto other university qualifications at degree and graduate level.
Who is the Higher Apprenticeship for?
The general pathway is for those responsible for:
- management of day to day provision in a residential service or non-residential service as an assistant manager, deputy, unit or service manager. This may include responsibility as the Registered Manager of the service
- those within adult social care services that need a high level of knowledge of care provision activities or a specific specialism. They are not involved in direct management of staff but have some responsibility for the assessment of individuals' needs to ensure positive outcomes.
The specialist pathway is for those responsible for:
- managing specialist adult social care services, with a specialist knowledge of particular adult social care provision and requirements, for example, responsibility for strategic planning of dementia care across a service
- business development in adult social care - taking an enterprise/business development role which involves managing a business on behalf of others and/or starting and growing a new business and/or developing an existing business and/or supporting an employer to achieve any of these objectives.
What funding is available for Higher Apprenticeships?
In 2013-14, employers can claim Skills for Care’s Workforce Development Fund for completed and verified units on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
The health and social care Apprenticeship framework has been approved for funding by the National Apprenticeship Service. For details go to:https://gateway.imservices.org.uk/sites/lara/Pages/AimsSearch.aspx and search for '584' under 'framework'.
The general pathway of the Higher Apprenticeship framework is eligible for funding through the Advanced Learning Loans for those aged 24 or over. For more information on this visit: Advanced Learning Loans.
The specialist pathway consists of qualifications in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). Student Loans may apply. See https://www.gov.uk/student-finance for more information.
Research report: New routes into university for people working in adult social care
A report has been published which shows how new routes to university have been opened up for people working as managers and specialists in adult social care under the Higher Apprenticeship Framework in Care Leadership and Management.
This has been a ground-breaking development in Higher Apprenticeships, using credit transfer to open up access to Higher Education to experienced workers and recently qualified advanced apprentices. For new recruits to the sector, the potential to eventually progress into Higher Education from Apprenticeship level will be visible right from the start of their career.
The report explains how Skills for Care has worked with Further and Higher Education learning providers and employers to create these opportunities, describes what has been achieved so far and outlines actions and plans for expansion by Skills for Care for 2013-14.
Download the report here:
New routes into university for people working in adult social care (pdf)
Higher Education providers developing options for the specialist pathway
Higher Education (HE) providers wishing to develop options for the specialist pathway are expected to use our Specification for Developing Options for the Specialist Pathway, which describes the Higher Apprenticeship framework, the requirements for HE providers planning to design specialist pathway options and the information that they need to supply to Skills for Care for their plans to be approved.
If you are a HE provider and are interested in developing an option for the specialist pathway, please email firstname.lastname@example.org