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Residential childcare apprenticeship

Residential Childcare Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, Apprenticeship


This Level 3 is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the Children & Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0-25, primarily within Children's Social Care & Support Services). Also suitable for those looking to join the Children & Young People's Workforce and those already working in the sector.

Course Content includes:

  • Understand Child and Young Person Development in residential care.
  • Understand how to support children & young people who have experienced harm or abuse.
  • Support risk management in residential childcare.
  • Support the wellbeing and resilience of Children and Young People in residential childcare.
  • Support use of medication in social care settings
  • Support the rights, diversity and equality of Children and Young People in residential childcare.
  • Understand the care system and its impact on Children and Young People.
  • Support young people leaving care.
  • Work with families of Children and Young People in residential childcare.
  • Assessment and planning with children and young people in residential care

You will complete Level 3 Residential Childcare as part of this Apprenticeship.

  • This Apprenticeship will involve college attendance and off the job training.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • You need to have an employer to support your Apprenticeship and be employed in a relevant job role.
  • The typical length of this Apprenticeship course is 24 months.
  • This course has multiple start dates.

Contact our Apprenticeship Team to find out when our next course start date is.

If you already have an employer for your Apprenticeship, or would like more information on how to find an Apprenticeship, please click Apply Now.

If you are an Employer who is looking to recruit an Apprentice or already have someone you would like to enrol onto the Apprenticeship course, please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or email to discuss next steps.

Why Our College?

Get paid to train

Apprenticeships provide fantastic career opportunities and allow you to get a qualification and earn money at the same time

Designed for opportunity

94% of apprentices stay in work after finishing an apprenticeship, and 47% have received a promotion

Hands on learning

We work closely with employers to deliver training both on and off the job. In most cases, you’ll come into college one day a week, as well as getting planned training and development with a mentor in the workplace

Entry Requirements

Potential candidates should:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have prior experience of working in the sector.
  • Show enthusiasm to work with children and young people and be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week and a maximum of 48 hours – this is inclusive of any study days at college.
  • Have achieved a minimum of Grade C GCSE in English Language and Maths, or a grade E at A Level or AS Level in English and Maths.
  • Have a suitable level of physical fitness to perform some aspects of the job roles.
  • Be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.
  • In order to enrol onto an Apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the Apprenticeship qualification.

Qualifications required for exemption from ICT Functional Skills are ICT GCSE grade C or above or ICT Functional Skills Level 2. If apprentices are not exempt then they will need to complete the Level 2 Functional skills in ICT which will be studied in addition to the Master Classes at City College Norwich.

Learning Outcomes

For the full Apprenticeship, candidates will complete:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Level 2 Functional Skills ICT


Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college. Apprentices will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace. You will also complete assessments and observations in the workplace.

Assessment is via a variety of methods, including:

  • Case studies
  • Assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Projects


Career or academic progression may include continuation, development or promotion at work or within this sector and progression into higher education. There is opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care or Therapeutic Care.

Career Progression

Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, for instance as a senior care worker, advanced practitioner in residential care or support worker.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, the payroll of the employer and the number of employees. Course fees are paid by the employer and not the apprentice. Employers who take on an apprentice aged between 16-18 years old, or with an Educational Health Care Plan, will receive an Incentive Payment to help cover their costs. To discuss Apprenticeship course fees, employers should contact the Apprenticeship Team on 0800 328 3616 or email

For more information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 0800 328 3616 or email