Health (Clinical Healthcare Support), Level 3 Apprenticeship

The purpose of this qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health workforce. This qualification confirms competence in a range of clinical healthcare support skills.

This qualification is for all learners aged 16 and above who are capable of reaching the required standards.

Job roles include: Clinical Healthcare Support Worker / Healthcare Assistant - these roles provide vital assistance to healthcare professionals that diagnose, treat and care for patients. They work in clinical services e.g. medical, surgical, critical care, outpatients, community and A&E and look after the well-being and comfort of patients. They may have a supervisory role.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

You will study the Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support which includes topics such as:
- Promote Communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
- The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
- Understand the process and experience of Dementia
- Understand Mental Health Problems
- Undertake Physiological Measurements

You will also study:
- Functional Skills English and Maths
- Level 3 Extended Award in Workskills for Effective Learning and Employment
Personal learning and thinking skills

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

Suitable candidates may be expected to attend group sessions or be supported on a 1:1 basis and take part in work based assessments. Candidates will demonstrate proof of competence through their own work whilst on the programme. Methods of assessment used by the assessors are assignments, case studies, observations, witness testimonies, reflective accounts and some work products.

The candidate will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment and verification will be undertaken by the college. This will be carried out by qualified lecturers, assessors and internal verifiers.

Functional skills will require 2 exams for the English element (Reading and Writing), 1 exam for the Maths element.  However, proxies are accepted if you hold a GCSE or equivalent for any of the elements.  This can be discussed at the interview stage.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

To become a qualified Health Professional (eg Nurse, Allied Health Practitioner, Healthcare Scientist, Paramedic) apprentices would have to progress from their apprenticeship to undertake a specific qualification, often a 3-year university Degree, which, on completion, would enable them to register as a professional. To do this, individuals would have to meet the specific entry qualifications as outlined by their chosen Higher Education Provider.

Many apprentices complete their apprenticeships and continue to work as Clinical Healthcare Support Workers/Healthcare Assistants/Emergency Care Assistants with delegated responsibility for a range of clinical tasks. They may also supervise other team members.

A Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) is available which an apprentice may proceed onto as they progress in their career if they are able to meet the employment and academic requirements. This will enable them to practice as an Assistant Practitioner.

Apprentices who wish to progress into Higher Education are encouraged to complete GCSEs in English and Maths instead of Functional Skills. GCSE qualifications are widely recognised across the Higher Education Sector and support progression into healthcare undergraduate programmes.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The care environment can be in the public, private or voluntary sector and cover the full spectrum of care environments. 

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your Apprenticeship is in. Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Apply for this apprenticeship.  We can then support you to find employment and prepare your job application.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

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