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Healthcare (Clinical) Support Level 3 Diploma at Somerset College

Course description

This course is for those working as healthcare assistants and technicians in a range of settings, whether working on a full or part time basis. You may be hospital or clinic based, but the qualification is also suitable for those working in a community based service or general practice.

The qualification has been developed to cover a range of health care settings particularly focusing on Clinical Healthcare Support.

You will need to achieve a minimum of 50 credits to gain the full award. This includes mandatory units to the value of 29 credits. The remaining 21 credits will be made up from one or more optional units which, through discussions with your assessor and employer, will best suit your work setting.

Entry requirements

It is expected that you will be able to demonstrate competency at level 2.


The qualification will be gained through one-to-one assessment in your workplace using a range of methods including observation of normal work activities to confirm your competence. Your understanding of the underpinning knowledge could be assessed in the form of questions, professional discussions or assignments.  

You may be offered the opportunity to attend workshops for some of the knowledge units, and you will be supported throughout your course by qualified assessors.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto a Level 4 Assistant Practitioner course, for example, a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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