Care Assistant (Social Care)

Care workers support people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible. They help to keep people healthy and able to stay within their community.

How to get in to this role

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

College

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 in Health

Entry requirements

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 leve

The types of tasks you'll be given

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will vary depending on the needs of the person you’re caring for.

For people who need support to live at home and in their community, you’ll:

  • help with washing and dressing
  • make food or help with eating
  • get to know their interests and needs
  • do household jobs, like washing clothes and shopping
  • monitor their weight and record any concerns they have
  • check they’re taking their prescribed medications
  • support their physical and mental wellbeing through activities

You could also:

  • support families who have new caring responsibilities
  • give emotional and practical support to children and young people
  • work with other health and social care professionals
  • help organise leisure activities and outings

Working environment

You could work at an adult care home, at a client’s home or stay overnight at people’s homes.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career Progression

While employed as a care worker you can develop your skills by training in specific areas, like autism awareness, communication skills or supporting people with dementia.

With experience, you can become a lead care worker. You can also move into more senior jobs, like managing people or services, if you study for further qualifications. For example, a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care, or a degree in social work or nursing.

What skills and qualities do I need to be a Care Assistant?

  Communication Skills

Being able to express yourself clearly to a range of people from different backgrounds

         Listening Skills

Being able to understand your service users’ needs and write down what you have heard correctly to help you to provide them with the best support you can

       

Caring

Being caring and supportive of others

 Attention to Detail

Being able to write down information accurately