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Allied Health Professional Support Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Carshalton 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 Allied Health Profession Support skills.

Apprentices are employed as Allied Health Profession Support Workers/Healthcare Assistants and work alongside Allied Health Professionals (e.g. Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Podiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists) to provide patient care in a range of settings including clinics, people’s homes or hospitals.

Apprentices gain the new skills and learning they need to carry out these job roles as well as preparing them for future employment and career progression within the health sector.

Course content

Clinical support workers/healthcare assistants (sometimes known as therapy assistants or therapy helpers) accessing this framework will work alongside Allied Health Professionals such as Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Podiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dieticians and Occupational Therapists.
The types of duties (depending upon the form of therapy) include the following:

  • preparing patients for their therapy
  • setting up equipment to use in the session/treatment
  • assisting the Allied Health Professional during treatment
  • contributing to record keeping

They work in a variety of healthcare settings, depending upon their role, including:

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

These are responsible and rewarding support roles with a direct impact on patients’ lives. They also offer an ideal entry route to a wide range of NHS careers.

Apprenticeship Framework

  • Level 3 Diploma in Allied Health Profession Support (QCF)
  • Functional Skills qualification in English Level  2
  • GCSE qualification (with enhanced functional content) in English C
  • Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics Level  2
  • GCSE qualification (with enhanced functional content) in Mathematics C
  • Edexcel Level 3 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health (QCF)


Entry requirements

This qualification is for all learners aged 16 and above who are capable of reaching the required standards.

Apprentices should:

  • Show enthusiasm for working in the health sector
  • Have basic literacy, numeracy and communication skills on which the apprenticeship will build
  • Have a suitable level of physical fitness to perform some aspects of the job roles (eg assisting in moving and handling of people)
  • Be willing to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks (this is needed as apprentices are likely to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults)
  • Be flexible as there may be a requirement to work shifts.

You will need to have GCSE English at grades C-D or Functional Skill Level 1 (Diagnostic assessments to be carried out at interview) as well as GCSE Maths at grades C-D or Functional Skill Level 1 (Diagnostic assessments to be carried out at interview).

You would also need to be employed in a Health &Social Care setting for at least 30 hours per week.



You will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

This qualification is within the Diploma range of credit. Learners must achieve a minimum of 65 credits to gain the Level 3 Diploma in Allied Health Professional Support. To do this they must achieve:

  • 35 credits from the mandatory units
  • a minimum of 30 credits from the optional units
  • a minimum 39 credits at, or above, Level 3.

Financial information

Fees are not normally paid by 16-18 year olds.

Future opportunities

It is anticipated that learners will progress to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 February 2016
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