How to become a care worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a college course, which may help when you look for work. Courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care
- Level 2 Diploma in Care
- T level for Healthcare Support Workers
You'll usually need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could get into this job through an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship or a lead adult care worker advanced apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could apply directly and do training on the job. You'll find it useful to have experience of working with people.
Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.