Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Healthcare Clinical Support Level 3 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This is a flexible programme and can start at various times throughout the year and will take a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements
  • Learners will need to be at least 16 years of age
  • You must hold three GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including  GCSE English and GCSE maths at grade 4 or above OR functional skills Level 2
  • Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support
  • You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice.
  • Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies


You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support.

Last updated: 12th December 2017

Course overview

This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to support doctors, nurses, health professionals and healthcare scientists.

Course content

You will study all the mandatory units listed below and chose from optional units – these will depend upon your job role.

Mandatory units

  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
  • Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
  • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

 Optional units

Optional units will be discussed on commencement of the programme.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in College and in your place of work.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to provide paper, writing materials, A4 ring binder file, extra wide dividers and clear plastic wallets.

Where will I study?

You will study within the workplace and may have to attend classes at Barnsley College’s Sci-Tech Centre, Falcon Street, Barnsley, S70 2EY.

What can I do next?

Upon completion you could progress onto specialist health pathways or apply for job roles working within Healthcare scientist departments including:
• Phlebotomist
• Assistant Dietician
• Medical Laboratory Assistant
• New-born Hearing Screener
• Nursing Healthcare Assistant
• Podiatry Assistant

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Apprenticeship Team

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.


Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Healthcare Clinical Support Level 3 Apprenticeship