Childcare and Teacher Training

Children and Young Peoples Workforce Childrens Social Care Pathway Level 3 Apprenticeship

In Brief


This programme will take a minimum of 16 months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • Learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Some settings require you to have a suitable Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care or Childcare and four GCSEs at grade 4/C plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above
  • It is desirable that you have English and maths at grade C or above but this is not essential as functional skills can be delivered as part of the Apprenticeship programme
  • You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice.
  • Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies
  • As your programme may involve working with children, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check

You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Course overview

The course provides you with skills and knowledge to support the development of a highly qualified well skilled workforce within the children and young people’s sector, ensuring that children and young people gain the best possible care and support.

Course content

You will study the units listed below until you reach a minimum of 58 credits. You will also study:

  • Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)


  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young
    people’s settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Promote person-centred approaches in health and social care
  • Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
  • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
  • Optional units required

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, observations in the workplace and assessment tasks. You will be assessed both in college and in your place of work.

The course uses an E-portfolio (on line portfolio). Therefore, access to a computer/laptop and the internet will be required. If this is not possible, a paper based portfolio could be accessed.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Upon completion you could progress onto the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Young People’s Services or apply for job roles including:

  • Senior care support workers in residential settings
  • Education support workers who visit families of pre-school children in their homes
  • Foster carers
  • Children and family court advisory and support service advisers
  • Progression to further study for youth work
  • Professional assistant in social care
  • Family centre workers
  • Community care officer in social care

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.  

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Children and Young Peoples Workforce Childrens Social Care Pathway Level 3 Apprenticeship

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