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Senior Healthcare Support Worker - Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3


Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people.

As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered healthcare practitioner. You provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always act within the limits of your competence.

You may work in a range of services like: hospital, community, health or day case units, birth centre or midwifery led units, in someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery, charity or voluntary organisation; working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers. You may supervise or guide the less experienced staff in your team.

You must follow the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers.

There are several different options: adult nursing support, maternity support, theatre support, mental health support, children and young people support and allied health profession – therapy support.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be an experienced support worker, who carries out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks.
  • You will need to be working within a health care environment for a minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • You will undertake a Level 2 diagnostic assessment for maths and English prior to enrolment. You will need to achieve a minimum of a 50% score in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme. If you have passed maths and English GCSE with a grade A* to C or Key skills at level 2, you will be required to evidence this with a certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skills qualification within the apprenticeship framework.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

18 - 24 months.

How will I be assessed?

  • Formative assessment of skills, knowledge and behaviours is required in the delivery of the standard and this will be outlined in the assessment plan
  • Apprentices must achieve the mandatory Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support
  • Apprentices have to reach a level 2 in maths and English set by the standard. If they’ve not previously achieved this, they’ll need further study and support
  • Apprentices must evidence that they’ve completed an induction based on the 15 standards of the Care Certificate

All apprentices must complete the End-point assessment (EPA)

  • Synoptic knowledge test
  • Synoptic skills test
  • Interview

What can I progress onto?

Level 5 Assistant Practitioner in Health Apprenticeship.


How do I apply?

For more information contact us on 0808 100 3626 or email:

Next steps

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