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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 the registered healthcare practitioner. You provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence.

You may work in a range of services like; hospital, community, health or day case unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, 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, allied health profession – therapy support.

Entry requirements

You will need 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 certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skills qualification within the apprenticeship framework.

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 go on to study?

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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