Health and Social Care Workers' Training Course



Health and Social Care Workers' Training Course


If you are looking for a career that challenges your mind and helps you feel fulfilled, then caregiving is the best choice. Assisting those in need is a rewarding and engaging experience. This profession allows you to earn a living while knowing you are making a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals.

Qualifications Required to Become a Carer in the UK

To become a carer in the UK, there are no specific educational requirements. However, the minimum educational requirement is usually the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), equivalent to middle school level. While a university degree is not always necessary to apply for caregiver positions, courses such as Care Assistant/Support Worker or Health and Social Care can be very beneficial. Employers may also require intermediate or advanced apprenticeships. Additionally, recruitment agencies may have other training requirements.

Having relevant experience can be highly advantageous when pursuing a career as a caregiver, although it is not always mandatory. Experience can make you more qualified for such positions. If you have previously worked in home care, hospice care, hospitals, or charitable organizations, you will find it easier to secure a caregiver role. Moreover, you can gain experience by caring for family members or relatives, as well as through apprenticeships and volunteer work.


How to Become a Carer in the UK

There are several ways to become a caregiver in the UK. Once you have decided that a career as a carer is right for you, you need to start taking steps to achieve this goal. Here are six steps to help you move in the right direction and gain the qualifications you need. By working through these steps, you will soon become a professional and skilled carer.

  1. Consider if this career is right for you First, determine if providing care for vulnerable groups is the career path you want to follow. While being a carer can be very rewarding and fulfilling, it is not suitable for everyone. You need patience, compassion, and the ability to put others' needs above your own.

  2. Assess your skills Next, you need to evaluate whether you have the skills necessary for a successful career as a carer. Essential skills include first aid training, excellent communication skills, strong organizational abilities, and an NVQ (Level 2 and 3) in Health and Social Care. If you do not have these skills, you will need to obtain them through relevant training.

  3. Consider the area of care You now need to decide if there are any specific areas of care that interest you or if you want to work with a particular group of people. This could include working with disabled children, the elderly, or terminally ill patients.

  4. Find training courses Search for and enroll in a range of courses that will help you become a qualified carer. In addition to obtaining an NVQ in Health and Social Care, you can take courses in palliative care, positive dementia care, or home social care.

  5. Look for positions Once you have achieved the required qualification level to work with your chosen group, you need to find a job. As a carer, you can work as a freelancer under contract or collaborate with agencies that help you find placements in patients' homes. You can also work in nursing homes or similar institutions on a contract or permanent basis.

  6. Build your reputation Strive to build an excellent reputation in the caring industry. Be sure to obtain written referrals and recommendations from the patients you care for. If you plan to work as a freelancer, remember that word-of-mouth is your greatest asset. You can advertise online to find work and use your network to gain new opportunities as your career progresses.

Qualifications and Training for Carers in the UK

Having a working knowledge of the social welfare system is crucial, but many social care roles do not require formal qualifications in this field. Jobs often provide opportunities to participate in courses while working, including part-time foundational and induction training courses, as well as non-exam-based National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) that cover subjects such as care and management or health and social care.


Essential Requirements for Working as a Carer in the UK

You need to have:

  • A compassionate personality and good communication skills
  • A genuine passion for making a difference in someone's life
  • The right to work in the UK
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • A clean background check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

A UK bank account

A UK bank account is essential so your employer can pay you. If you do not have one when you arrive in the UK, you will need to apply for one at a UK bank. When you visit the bank, remember to bring two forms of identification, such as your passport or European ID card and a letter of employment.

National Insurance Number

You will need a UK National Insurance number. To obtain one, you need to make an appointment at your local benefits office or Job Centre Plus. Be sure to apply for your permanent National Insurance number within 1-2 months of arriving in the UK.


PROFESSIONAL Diploma in Adult Social Care

The Professional Diploma in Adult Social Care is a Level 3 vocational qualification that combines industry-leading expertise with practical experience. This program equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to care for adults in various health or social care settings.

Course Advantages:

  • City & Guilds Accredition: The diploma is accredited by the City & Guilds of London Institute, providing a clear career pathway in the UK nursing field.
  • Real-World Experience: Gain hands-on experience through work placements during your studies.
  • Eligibility for Skilled Worker Visa: Upon completing the course, you will be eligible to apply for a UK Skilled Worker visa and have the opportunity to seek employment in the UK care sector.
  • Direct Career Training: The program offers direct vocational training for careers in the care industry.
  • Work Placements: As part of the course, all students will complete a one-semester internship with local employers partnered with the institution, with placements near the study center.
  • Scholarship Opportunities: Outstanding applicants have the chance to receive scholarships to cover part of the tuition fees.
  • Employment Support: Assistance is provided to help applicants find employment in the UK.
  • Successful Employment: The course prepares you for a successful career in the care industry.
  • Competitive Starting Salary: The average starting salary is approximately £24,000 per year.

Featured Career Development Paths Include:

  • Senior Care Assistant
  • Senior Caregiver
  • Senior Support Worker
  • Local Government Welfare Positions
  • Team Leader (Care and Residential Homes)

Course Structure:

This course is conducted through face-to-face sessions, supplemented with online support provided by the OI Digital Academy learning platform. Students will complete three terms of study over a period of 9 months, preparing them for their career upon graduation. Students will complete online e-learning portfolios and be closely monitored through their virtual learning environments, allowing the school to provide further support as needed.

[First Term]

  • 13 weeks of face-to-face instruction at the college.
  • Students will cover:
    • Compulsory and optional units covering 15 nursing skills standards.
    • First aid qualification certification.
    • Moving and handling certification.
    • Language skills.

[Second Term]

  • 9 weeks of face-to-face instruction at the college.
  • Students will cover:
    • All knowledge-based requirements.
    • Workplace induction training.

[Third Term]

  • 12 weeks of work placement at organized care service employers, followed by 3 weeks of face-to-face instruction at the learning center.
  • Students will complete:
    • Refinement of language and employability skills to prepare for entering the workforce.

Core Subjects:

  • Duty of Care in Nursing Settings
  • Responsibilities of Care Workers
  • Promoting Individual Development in Nursing Settings
  • Promoting Health, Safety, and Wellbeing in Nursing Settings
  • Promoting Communication in Nursing Settings
  • Promoting Effective Handling of Information in Nursing Settings
  • Responsibilities in Nursing Settings
  • Promoting Equality and Inclusion in Nursing Settings
  • Promoting Person-Centered Care

Elective Subjects:

  • Pressure Area Care in Accordance with Agreed Care Plans
  • Moving and Positioning Individuals in Accordance with Care Plans
  • Working with Individuals with Specific Communication Needs
  • Understanding Person-Centered Thinking and Planning
  • Supporting Infection Prevention and Control in Adult Care
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors Expected of Adult Care Staff Leaders
  • Supporting Individuals to Eat and Drink
  • Supporting Individuals to Meet Personal Care Needs
  • Providing Support for Managing Pain and Discomfort
  • Supporting Medication in Adult Care
  • Understanding the Process and Experience of Dementia
  • Understanding Advocacy
  • Understanding the Background of Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

**You will study these modules in the first and second terms and participate in work placements in the third term.

Course Assessment:

Initial Assessment:

At the beginning of the course, all students will undergo an initial assessment to determine:

  • Specific training and language needs
  • Whether additional support and guidance are required
  • Any completed course units or qualification-related credit transfers
  • Whether you wish to select any additional elective units

Project Work Outputs:

All students will also complete a project work, covering assessment criteria for each unit. The majority of assessment (70%) will be completed through direct observation by a qualified assessor, assessing your performance.

Other assessment methods include:

  • Professional discussions (7.5%)
  • Reflective records (7.5%)
  • Projects/assignments (7.5%)
  • Case studies (7.5%)

PLACEMENT Information:

  • To ensure you are confident to begin your career after graduation, the school arranges a semester-long internship. The internship involves full-time work at a nursing home near your study location.
  • This will entail onboarding training provided by the nursing home, followed by performing all duties required of a Care Assistant.
  • The nursing home will provide a job description outlining the role and responsibilities, and will mentor students through job task assessments to provide opportunities for learning.

Career Path After Study:

There are thousands of job opportunities in the nursing industry in the UK. With this professional qualification, you can progress to the following roles:

  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Personal Assistant
  • Key Worker
  • Home Care Worker
  • Senior Care Assistant
  • Support Worker

1. Graduation: Successfully complete all modules and internships.

2. Obtain Employment: Secure a job at a renowned healthcare company in the UK.

3. Apply for Visa: Apply for a Health and Care Worker visa to begin your new career in the UK.

4. Residency: Live and work in the UK, engaging in a shortage occupation. Your work visa is valid for 5 years as long as you maintain employment with the same employer.

5. Future: After residing in the UK for 5 years, you are eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and continue developing your career in the health and care sector.


UK Health and Care Worker Visa:

Our Diploma in Adult Social Care has been accredited by the City & Guilds. Completing the diploma and a 12-week internship will give you an advantage over other candidates and help you secure job invitations from UK employers. This job invitation will allow students to apply for a UK Skilled Worker visa (Health and Care Worker Visa). We will also assist students in registering with employment agencies in the UK.


How to Apply:

[Application Materials]

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Complete Academic Transcripts and Graduation Certificate, in both Chinese and English
  3. If there is a previous UK visa history, provide all UK visas, CAS (if previously studied in the UK), proof of departure from the UK (such as stamped pages in the passport of the home country upon entry), and refusal letter (if there is a history of refusals)
  4. English Language Proficiency: UKVI IELTS or other SELT English language test scores

[Application Process]

  1. Provide complete application materials and submit for review.
  2. Applicants who meet the criteria for successful application will receive an offer letter and attend a school interview. After passing the interview, the school will issue a CAS for student visa application.
  3. We assist you in applying for a UK student visa.
  4. Pre-departure preparation.
  5. Arrive at the UK study center to commence studies.
  6. Successfully complete the course and internship, and obtain the diploma certificate. Congratulations! You can now begin your new career and apply for your UK Health and Care Worker visa.

Recruitment and Training Services for Carers in the UK: Content and Fees

Training Services for Carers in the UK

Training Courses for Carers in the UK Service Content
Total Service Fees GBP 2,200
Professional Diploma Programme Excluded
Scholarships Application Included
Student Accommodation Fee excluded
Placement with the Study Included
UK Student Visa Application Included
Guranteed Employer after Study Included
Assist in Work Visa Application Included

Training Course Information

  • Location: Oxford, London
  • Intakes: July, September, November, January, March, May
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Language Requirement: UKVI IELTS Overall 5.5, with each component at 5.5
  • Academic Requirement: Provide transcripts and diploma of the highest education attained (minimum junior high school level)
  • Student Age: 16+

**The school provides visa sponsorship for students and guarantees employment in nursing in the UK upon graduation.



Course Overview

Intakes: July, September, November, January, March, May
Course Duration: 9 months
Tuition Fee: £14,995
Scholarships: Scholarships are available for outstanding applicants
Qualification Awarded: Level 3 Professional Diploma in Adult Social Care accredited by City & Guilds UK. This Level 3 qualification is equivalent to A-Level study in the UK. This programme is ideal for those with a keen interest in the care industry and provides a clear employment pathway within 9 months.

Course Structure:
The 9-month program is divided into three terms:

  • First Term: Study core skills and modules at a learning centre in London or Oxford.
  • Second Term: A 9-week unpaid work placement organized by the school.
  • Third Term: Return to the centre to complete coursework and prepare for a career.
  • Average starting annual salary: From £23,730


Application Information

English Language Requirements: UKVI IELTS 5.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component (no exemptions).
Academic Requirements: Minimum requirement is a junior high school diploma or equivalent, with good grades.
Minimum Entry Age: Minimum age for entry is 17 years, with no upper age limit, but applicants must be capable of performing physical labor.
Interview: All accepted students will undergo a credibility/suitability interview with the school to ensure genuine interest in care. Upon passing the interview, the school will issue a formal offer letter (CAS) for the student to apply for a UK student visa.
Preliminary Assessment: An initial assessment before the course to determine if students need additional learning support.
Criminal Record: Applicants must provide a criminal record certificate from their home country, as they will work in the care industry.
Deposit: Accepted applicants must pay a deposit before the credibility/suitability interview. If the interview is unsuccessful, the deposit will be refunded in full deducts a £200 administrative fee.


Internship Information

  • Internships will take place in the third term at care organisations.
  • Internships will include induction training at the care home.
  • Upon completion, positions available include Senior Adult Care Worker and Support Worker.
  • If students meet all course and internship requirements and pass their assessments, employment is guaranteed, or tuition fees will be refunded in full.

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Information, Entry Requirements, and Fees

Q: How long is the course?
A: The Professional Diploma in Adult Social Care is a 9-month course divided into three terms. The first two terms are at learning centres in London or Oxford, teaching core skills. The third term includes work placements organized by the centre, with the final weeks spent completing projects and preparing for a career.


Q: What is the minimum entry age for the course?
A: The minimum entry age is 17 years, and students must be 18 years old when starting the work placement.


Q: Is there an upper age limit?
A: There is no upper age limit, but applicants must be capable of performing physical labor, such as lifting. We welcome applicants of all ages.


Q: Do 17-year-old applicants need a guardian?
A: Yes, 17-year-old applicants need to arrange a guardian. We can provide information on guardian agencies in London and Oxford to assist applicants in finding a suitable guardian, with additional guardian service fees.


Q: Are IELTS alternative exams, such as PTE, accepted?
A: Yes, we accept SELT language proficiency tests.


Q: Can I transition to a foundation course after completing this course?
A: This course is designed as a direct employment pathway and does not articulate to foundation courses (same level programs).


Q: Is there an installment payment plan?
A: Currently, there is no installment payment plan, but future adjustments may be made based on demand.


Q: Can applicants with a bachelor’s degree from their home country apply?
A: Yes, but suitability will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Priority is given to applicants with an academic background or work experience in the care industry.
*If applicants have previously studied at a university level in the UK under a student visa, they cannot apply for this course according to current visa policies, even if they have graduated and left the UK.


Q: Can this course serve as a foundation for nursing?
A: This course is specifically designed for students who wish to enter directly into health and care-related employment.


Q: Where will the work placements be? Do students need to travel?
A: We strive to arrange placements near the learning centre or accommodation, minimizing long-distance travel.


Q: Can I apply if I already have work experience in the industry?
A: Yes, work experience is an advantage. Please provide detailed information (e.g., personal resume, work/employment certificates) in your application.


Q: Do applicants need a STEM background or specific educational background?
A: A STEM or specific educational background is not required.


Q: What employment opportunities are available after completing the diploma?
A: The UK care industry offers thousands of job opportunities. With this diploma, care employers may sponsor the following positions:

  • Adult Care Supervisor
  • Personal Assistant Supervisor
  • Key Staff Member (Domestic Care)
  • Care Worker
  • Senior Care Assistant
  • Support Worker


Learning Centres

Q: Do the learning centres in London and Oxford provide accommodation?
A: There is no dedicated accommodation for this course, but various options are available. We can help book listed student apartments or homestays if needed.
Oxford Accommodation Options

  • Homestay: Living with a local family
  • Student Castle: Student apartments
  • The Mew: Student residence

London Accommodation Options

  • Homestay: Living with a local family
  • Vita: Student apartments



Q: What type of visa will students receive?
A: Students will receive a student visa (formerly Tier 4 General Student Visa). Apart from the work placement, students cannot work during the course.


Q: How long is the student visa valid?
A: The visa should start one month before the course begins, depending on the issuance date, and will be valid until two months after the course ends.


Q: Can students work during their studies?
A: No, students on this diploma course cannot work during their studies.


Q: Can students start working after graduation?
A: Upon receiving the certificate, students can apply for a UK Skilled Worker Visa (Health and Care Worker Visa). We will help connect students with UK employment agencies to secure employer sponsorship for the work visa.


Q: Do students need to return home to apply for the Health and Care Worker Visa?
A: Students can apply within the UK but must first secure a job offer from a Health and Care sector employer. We cannot control the visa processing time, but we hope that employers will promptly provide job offers/contracts if students perform well during their internship, allowing students to start the visa application process quickly.


Q: How long is the Health and Care Worker Visa valid?
A: The UK Health and Care Worker Visa is valid for five years, meaning the initial work visa will be granted for five years. Students must have a fixed job to apply for this visa. The learning centre will provide employment support.
*If students change employers within the five-year visa period, they need to reapply for the work visa.


Q: Can students bring family members with the Health and Care Worker Visa?
A: No, current visa policies do not allow bringing family members on the five-year Health and Care Worker Visa.



Q: What is a work placement?
A: A work placement means working full-time in a care centre. The location is arranged nearby, either close to the learning centre or accommodation. The placement includes induction training at the care centre and performing all duties of a care assistant. The care centre will provide a job description and support students in completing course assessments while engaging in work tasks. The internship is unpaid.


Q: Is the work placement paid?
A: The placement is unpaid, but it offers students the opportunity to practice and be assessed on-site, familiarizing themselves with the role of a care worker.


Q: Do we collaborate with care industry contractors?
A: We do not directly collaborate with contractors, but since students will complete internships, we are confident that students can find permanent employment upon successful course completion. We provide employment support.


Q: Which companies offer internship opportunities?
A: We are connected with several local care centres and placement agencies. We will also assist students in registering with UK employment agencies.




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