Adult Care Apprenticeships provide you with a wealth of knowledge, while giving you on-the-job access to the key skills and experience you’ll need to be successful within the adult care field.


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive when it comes to Adult Care Apprenticeships including apprenticeship age limits, differing levels of study, and exploring the benefits and challenges of an adult care apprenticeship.


Adult Care - age related questions


Can adults do apprenticeships?


Yes, they can! Apprenticeships aren’t just for those fresh out of school or college, Adult Care Apprenticeships cover a wide range of industries, including adult care. They can give you the skills you need to start a new career, or to upskill your knowledge and develop your management or leadership qualities.


Can I get an apprenticeship at 30?


Absolutely. An Adult Care Apprenticeship is an ideal way to progress in your current role or retrain within a new industry and you should have no problem finding an apprenticeship at 30 or above.


What is the maximum age for an apprenticeship?


In the UK, there is currently no maximum age limit for an Adult Care Apprenticeship.


Is there an age limit to be an apprentice?


Apprenticeships are available for anyone in the UK aged 16 or over, with no maximum age limit.  Various incentives and levels of government funding exist to cover the cost of training and assessment. If you are over 18, your employer may need to contribute 5% towards your programme.


Can I do an apprenticeship at 50?


Apprenticeships for those over 50 years of age are rapidly increasing in popularity, helping them to stay in work, gain valuable new skills and ensure a secure financial future.


Adult Care - studies questions


Can you be overqualified for an apprenticeship?


In 2017, the UK government relaxed the rules regarding previous learning when it came to applying for apprenticeships. This means that whatever your academic or industrial background, you are eligible to apply for an Adult Care Apprenticeship as long as the area you are applying to is different to any prior training you have undertaken.


Can I do an apprenticeship if I have a Level 3 qualification?


If you have previously gained an A Level or Level 3 qualification, you are eligible to apply for an Adult Care Apprenticeship at level 2, level 3 and level 4 and above.


What qualifications do I need for apprenticeships?


Entry requirements can vary for each apprenticeship type, but often you may need up to five GCSEs at grade 9 to 4/A* to C including English and maths. If you don’t have GCSEs in English and maths, you’ll usually be asked to take qualifications in those subjects as part of the programme.


Can you drop out of an apprenticeship?


If you need to, you can leave your Adult Care Apprenticeship at any time. However it is important to remember that if you leave your apprenticeship early, you will not gain a qualification.


What happens if you get fired from an apprenticeship?


As an adult care apprentice, your apprenticeship agreement ensures you are treated the same as any other employee. It is very unlikely you will be let go from an apprenticeship unless there is an extreme case of misconduct or performance issues. But if you are let go, the government will continue to fund your training for at least 12 weeks, giving you a chance to find alternative employment.


Adult Care - levels questions


What is a Level 1 apprenticeship?


Level 1 adult apprenticeships include study programmes and traineeships and are typically unpaid, and are short term.


What is level 3 apprenticeship equivalent?


Level 3 apprenticeships, or advanced apprenticeships, are equivalent to 2 A-level qualifications.


Are Level 5 apprenticeships hard?


Level 5 apprenticeships are equivalent to a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND), or a foundation degree. They are challenging but are also a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you gain your qualification.


Are apprenticeships hard?


Like any kind of training, Adult Care Apprenticeships take work and dedication, but choosing the right level of apprenticeship to suit your skill level and capabilities is a huge bonus.


Is it worth doing an Adult Care Apprenticeship?


Are apprenticeships worth it?


Adult Care Apprenticeships enable you to gain a nationally recognised, industry-standard qualification, while gaining valuable skills and experience while you work – all while getting paid. Gaining an apprenticeship is more than just gaining a qualification, it provides you with an opportunity to change your life.


Can you get a good job with an apprenticeship?


Undertaking an Adult Care Apprenticeship at any level gives you access to a wide range of new skills and workplace experiences, those of which are imperative in seeking out new employment opportunities. Many employers now seek practical experience as well as qualifications, so undertaking an apprenticeship provides you with the best of both worlds.


Is an apprenticeship stressful?


While rewarding, an apprenticeship can be a challenging undertaking. Working while you study can take up a significant portion of your time and depending on your circumstances can be stressful. However, it’s important to consider the bigger picture and focus on the long-term benefits of gaining an Adult Care Apprenticeship.


Adult social care questions


What is adult social care?


Adult social care is assistance provided to adults over the age of 18 who require additional support due to physical or learning disabilities as well as physical or mental illnesses. This can include personal care such as eating, washing, or dressing, or domestic assistance like cleaning or shopping.


What is duty of care in health and social care?


Duty of care in health and social care means that carers have a personal responsibility to assist other individuals, promote their wellbeing at all times and prevent them failing to act in a way which results in harm to themselves or another individual.


What is health and social care?


Health and social care refers to the range of organisations and service that provide healthcare and social support to the public.


Why is communication important in health and social care?


Working in health and social care means working closely with members of the public, many of whom may require extra care and attention. Communication skills are vital when helping those we work with feel cared for, valued and at ease.


Can you get an apprenticeship in a care home?


Adult Social Care Apprenticeships can be undertaken in a range of areas, including within the community, in care homes or in people’s homes.


Find out more


Whether you’re looking for your first steps into the industry, seeking a career change, or are simply looking to boost your current skillset, an apprenticeship in adult care is an ideal way to gain valuable skills, knowledge, and experience while you earn.


Get in touch today and discover more about GP Strategies apprenticeship opportunities. 

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