Learning and Development in social care

Whether you are starting or changing your career you will find a huge variety of career pathways and opportunities for learning and development in social care. Find out more about how you can develop your career on the Skills for Care website.

The Care Certificate shows the minimum areas that should be covered as part of your induction training. You may then choose to do additional formal qualifications depending on your area of work or chosen career path, for example NVQs or apprenticeships.


Learning and development in social care - apprenticeships

Many social care employers offer apprenticeships to existing employees as part of their professional development. This could be through one of the mainstream colleges or other training providers who offer an alternative to college.

Explore the wide range of apprenticeships available to develop a career in social care and health.

Access to Higher Education courses

If you’re thinking of changing careers or getting back into higher education to progress your career in social care you may want to consider an Access to Higher Education (Level 3 Diploma) course in Health and Social Care.

This course is delivered in local centres across Cornwall and is open to all applicants who are aged 18 or over. To be eligible you must have a Level 2 (GSCE or equivalent) qualification in Maths and English, or be willing to study for this alongside your Access course. There is a cost associated with this course but financial support is available. For more information and to apply visit Cornwall Council’s website.

Get in to Nursing in social care

Nurses are a vital part of the social care workforce and many Nursing homes across Cornwall grow and develop their nursing teams by supporting existing care staff through apprenticeships. If you’re already working in social care there are two key routes you can take into Nursing – the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship (2 years) or the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (4 years).

Get in to nursing in social care

The Nursing Associate role is still fairly new in England. Nursing Associates have more clinical skills than senior care staff but without the full responsibilities of a Registered Nurse. Once you have completed your training you will be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and will need to keep developing your skills to maintain your registration.

Qualified Nursing Associates can also choose to complete an additional 2 years of training to become a Registered Nurse at any time. For more information about the role of Nursing Associates visit the Nursing & Midwifery Council website.

Useful links for learning and development in social care