Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Clinical) Apprenticeship Level 3 | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

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This apprenticeship provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of health and social care settings; from helping people with a particular need to providing vital assistance to healthcare professionals in the care of patients.

The Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support is an occupational qualification forthose who work in Healthcare Support roles in England, in the following areas of healthcare provision:

  • Adult nursing support
  • Maternity support
  • Theatre support
  • Mental health support
  • Children and young people support
  • Allied health profession- therapy support

The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of healthcare services and to support the delivery of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard for England and include the following areas.

  • Clinical care
  • Health navigation
  • Care of older people
  • Learning disability support
  • Community support
  • Maternity support

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of both employers and employees, which leads to nationally-recognised qualifications for the apprentice.

This training is flexible and is predominantly ‘on-the-job’ meaning it takes place on your work premises. An apprenticeship will ensure that you are properly trained to perform the job you need to do. Anyone can be an apprentice, from a school leaver looking to enter the workplace to an existing employee who wants to progress in their chosen career.

Apprenticeships are flexibly structured to fit around your needs without disruption. They are designed so that, where possible, the work you do as an apprentice during the day counts towards your development and qualification.

Advanced level apprentices follow work-based learning towards a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to 2 A Levels).

The role as a Senior Healthcare Worker is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so you are able to demonstrate best practice and act as a role model. You may supervise or guide the less experienced staff in your team. You will follow the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers, the multi-professional HEE Quality Framework and the 6C’s.

Assessment Methods

This apprenticeship is a competence-based qualification which is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. You we be measured against learning outcomes and assessment criteria described in each unit of the qualification. You must meet all the learning outcomes within the chosen units and meet the rules of combination to be able to be awarded the qualification. The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.

Modes of assessment include:

  • Direct observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Case studies
  • Assignments and projects
  • A learning journal
  • End Point Assessment (EPA)

Progression Options

This qualification allows you to learn, develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in a role which has some autonomy, delegated responsibility or where there may be a need for supervision of others.

After successful completion, you could progress to the Pre-registration Nursing, Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship or the Higher Advanced City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Assistant Practitioner (Health), providing you are in an appropriate job role.

Opportunities may also be available to progress to a Higher Apprenticeships for the Lead Practitioner in Adult or Assistant Practitioner (Health) or specific health related higher education programmes, providing all entry requirements are met.

Course Summary

Course Title Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Clinical) Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

To start this apprenticeship you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade 4/C or
above) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship or equivalent.

You also require an appropriate role in the healthcare sector and be working
towards or have completed the Care Certificate as part of a high-quality
induction programme. You will complete an initial assessment and a Skillscan
before starting your studies. 

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The staff have been very supportive they will do anything to help whether it be staying late or putting in 100% to make the lessons more suited to you. The staff have backgrounds in the specific course in which you want to take which helps to get another person’s view on what it’s like to work in the sector and also the course covers all areas of the subject and there is nothing that isn’t covered within the syllabus and modules.

Lauren Pierce - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

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