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Health & Social Care Perioperative Support Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Eastleigh College

Course description

The purpose of this qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health workforce.

This qualification confirms competence in a range of clinical healthcare support skills.

Course content

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support, learners must achieve 65 credits overall; 35 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 30 credits from the optional units available. At least 16 of these optional credits must be from the level 3/4 units.

The Mandatory units are:

  • 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

Clinical duties for an Advanced Apprenticeship may include all of the above plus:

  • taking physiological measurements
  • carrying out an extended range of more complex delegated clinical tasks such as performing routine ECG procedures, wound care or catheter care
  • supervising junior team members

Within the apprenticeship framework you will need to complete the Employers Rights and Responsibility unit along with maths and English Functional skills at level 2.

Entry requirements

You need to be working in one of a variety of clinical healthcare settings e.g.:

  •  a specific hospital department (e.g. stroke care, gastroenterology or oncology)
  • a community clinic or health centre
  • patients homes
  • care homes
  • a GP clinic


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.
  • 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.

Future opportunities

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of healthcare roles including:

  • Healthcare assistant
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Cleaner
  • Caretaker
  • Maintenance person
  • Security officer
  • Records manger
  • Kitchen assistant/Supervisor/Manager
  • Phlebotomist
  • Hospital porter
  • Administrator.

Further information

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastleigh College directly.

Last updated date: 14 March 2016

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