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Senior Health Care Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This apprenticeship programme will suit you if you are a Senior Healthcare Support worker involved in a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare tasks under the direction of a registered healthcare practitioner. You will currently be working in a relevant setting such as the National Health Service, a hospice or GP surgery, community health care or a nursing or care home. Alongside the main programme, you will be able to study for first aid and manual handling qualifications at no extra cost. 

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English and maths, or equivalent. 

Other requirements: You must be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. Employers may require you to show previous experience as a support worker.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Duty of care
  • Person centred support
  • Communication Health safety and security
  • Clinical tasks
  • Activities for daily living 
  • Duty of care 
  • Person centred approaches 

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will include observation, professional discussion, written and oral questioning, case studies and witness testimony. You be required to complete a learning journal during the final three months and an End Point Assessment, which will include;

  • A situational judgement test including real life scenarios with multiple choice format questions.
  • A practical observation of the apprentice and review the learning journal
  • A self-assessment exercise


You will gain the following qualifications:

The Care Certificate

Clinical Healthcare Skills First Level 3 Diploma


  • Functional Skills in English and maths 
  • First aid at work
  • Manual handling 

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you may be able to work towards an Assistant Practitioner (Level 5) qualification and/or apply to university to become a registered healthcare practitioner.

Future careers: Alternatively you could move into a full-time role as a senior health care support worker, senior healthcare assistant, maternity support worker, theatre assistant or mental health support worker. 

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
12 to 24 months Flexible Dependent on existing skills Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street K1565


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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