Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is suitable if you want to be involved in a range of care settings.  It allows you to gain an understanding of the diversity of work available in care and education for vulnerable adults.  It is an ideal first qualification if you are returning to study or wish to build on your skills.

This course will support you to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings and in adult care environments.

It covers a wide range of areas including dementia awareness, mental health and well-being, supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and healthcare procedures.

The content is also aligned with the knowledge and skills required for the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship standards.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but you will need a good standard of English (working at level 2 or above) and the ability to learn about technical language.  A DBS check is also required.

Course details

A weekly 6 hour placement is required with this course.

This course is delivered in three ways:

Classroom based

  • 36 weeks of 3.5 hours a week, plus minor research tasks at home.

Online delivery

  • 36 weeks.  1 x 2 hour online session plus individual tutor interactions
  • 60  - 120 minutes of homework tasks to be completed each week
  • Individual tutor interactions as needed

Distance learning

  • Individual workbooks and tasks posted each week with telephone/ text/ email support from a tutor.

What do you need?

  • You will need a notepad and pen and access to a phone for all courses

  • For classroom based courses you will also need access to email and the internet

  • For online courses, you will need a device which has a webcam and sound and is able to access the following apps: Edmodo, Cisco Webex and Kahoot

Course fees


How to apply 

Contact us online for more information or to book your place.

What you can do next

Gaining further related qualifications can help you to progress in work or go on to further education.

The content of the course links with the knowledge and skills required for the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship standards.

Upon completion, you can enter either the adult care or health workforces. The content is applicable to a variety of roles, including:

  • adult care worker
  • healthcare assistant/support worker
  • personal assistant.

Units can also be a basis for continuing professional development in your chosen field.

What our learners say

  • The tutor made me feel comfortable in class. I gained more confidence to have a go at maths problems. The tutor met my learning needs. I feel more confident at maths.
    Adult learner
  • Friendly and helpful,relaxed learning environment. Good supportive tutor.
    Adult learner
  • I enjoyed everything in the course. Great tutor, friendly people.
    Adult learner

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