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What are the entry requirements?

Clinical healthcare support workers/healthcare assistants provide vital assistance to healthcare professionals in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients. Clinical healthcare support workers work in a variety of healthcare settings, depending upon their role, including:
- a specific hospital department (e.g. stroke care, gastroenterology or oncology)
- a community clinic or health centre
- patients homes
- care homes
- a GP clinic
It is possible that clinical healthcare support workers/ healthcare assistants may undertake either an Intermediate or an Advanced Apprenticeship. This is because the same job title is used within the health sector for roles which may have a wide variety of duties and differing levels of responsibility.
There are no specific qualifications required for entry to this apprenticeship framework other then you need to employed in one of the above positions.

What does this programme involve?

There are four components that make up the Apprenticeship Program.

The EPLS aims to enable you to develop your problem solving, listening and creative thinking skills. You will also use your decision making, team working and prioritizing abilities. Your capacity to reflect on your practice, demonstrate your initiative and develop your organizational skills will also be assessed.
To meet the requirements of the EPLS, you will complete 5 units worth a total of 7 credits. The successful completion of a written assignment will provide three of these credits; the remaining 4 credits are gained by completing 4 units, worth 1 credit each. These 4 units require you to prove your competency through a combination of written work and observation in the workplace by your Assessor.

A mandatory part of your Intermediate Apprenticeship is the successful completion of Maths and English. Your Assessor/Functional Skills Tutor will support you as you progress towards the minimum level 1 requirement. However, exemptions can apply.
Numeracy and literacy are two very important aspects of your role as a Health Care Assistant. The Functional Skills program, as part of your Apprenticeship, enables you to develop numeracy and literacy skills relevant to the intermediate level of your overall qualification.

This is what most people will mistakenly refer to as your NVQ. The diploma can be a stand-alone NVQ qualification, but in this instance, it is one requirement of the Apprenticeship Program you will complete. Remember that you wont be completing an NVQ; you will completing an apprenticeship; which includes a diploma.
The diploma consists of two separate sections; part A and part B. Part A contains 11 mandatory units worth a total of 29 credits. You will provide evidence of your clinical skills as a healthcare worker in your place of work. You will also be introduced to the various ways of producing this evidence such as direct observation by your Assessor, written questions, professional discussions, oral questions and witness testimonies (provided by an appropriate colleague). You can also provide proof of previous knowledge attained from study/training days that you have attended; you will need to prove that you have integrated this knowledge into your work practice.
The mandatory units have been selected for you and relate to your role as a healthcare worker. Communication, Person Centered Care, Safeguarding, Personal Development, Health and Safety and Duty Of Care are some of the topics covered. Each unit has its own credit value.
Part B of the diploma enables you to choose units that are specific to your job role; such as Move And Position Individuals, Support Individuals To Meet Personal Care Needs, Prepare Individuals For Healthcare Activities and Obtain And Test Specimens From Individuals. Each unit also has its own credit value and a total of 21 credits are required for Part B. This section of the diploma enables you to steer your Apprenticeship towards your own needs and preferences, creating an individual program for you.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship, provides you with skills and knowledge to support your colleagues in the healthcare sector and can enable you to progress your career as a healthcare worker.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

Once you have enrolled onto the programme you will be assigned an assessor that will visit you in the workplace regularly. They will complete assessment plans and reviews with you to keep you on target. They will support you in the collection of the required evidence needed for your qualification through different assessment methods such as; professional discussion, observations, written questions, verbal questions, witness statements and any assignments.

What else do I need to know?

As a guide, clinical duties for an Intermediate Apprenticeship may include:
- generally assisting with patients overall comfort and wellbeing
- assisting healthcare professionals with clinical tasks
- monitoring patients conditions
- helping people to mobilise
- supporting people to meet basic care needs such as washing and dressing, eating and drinking, going to the toilet
- bed making
Within the apprenticeship framework you will also need to complete the Employers Rights and Responsibilities unit along with maths and English Functional Skills at level 1.

The Government are currently in the process of changing the information that you learn on this course, therefore it is likely that some of the unit information shown above will change before the course starts. All applicants will be sent the new course information as soon as it is released.

If you are a Levy paying employer, the cost of training will be funded through your digital account. If you are a non-levy paying employer you will pay 10% of the cost of training. For full details on fees, or for any other enquiries please contact or call 023 8091 1195.

Dates for the diary

Each year we hold various events which will give you the opportunity to find out more about our range of courses. For specific dates and times please see the events section of this website or telephone 023 8091 1195.

How do I apply?

If you are hoping to undertake a workbased apprenticeship, please be aware that you will need to be employed in a relevant role in industry and your employer must agree to your training.

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Workforce Skills Advisors on 023 8091 1195.

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Need any further advice?

If you are a Levy paying employer, the cost of training will be funded through your digital account. If you are a non-levy paying employer you will pay 10% of the cost of training. For full details on fees, or for any other enquiries please contact or call 023 8091 1195.

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The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Georgia, Health and Social Care

Georgia, 18

Georgia, Health and Social Care

Georgia went on to study Midwifery at Liverpool John Moores University.


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