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Health Perioperative Support Level 3 (HSC1) Apprenticeship at Barnsley College

Course description

This Apprenticeship Framework provides the skills and knowledge required to become competent in supporting Health Professionals (e.g. surgeons, nurses, operating department practitioners) within the operating theatre department Apprentices are employed as Perioperative support workers or theatre support workers and work alongside Health Professionals providing patient care within the hospital operating theatre department. 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. This work-based programme was designed and developed with employers.

Entry requirements

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 (e.g. 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

Individual health sector employers may have additional employment entry requirements e.g. a current driving licence would also be an advantage (and may be necessary for some roles)

Applicants to this Apprenticeship will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience. As a guide, applicants may enter via a range of routes including from:

  • Work
  • Work experience
  • School/college
  • Training and/or experience which may include a portfolio showing what has been completed.

Applicants may have already achieved a range of qualifications e.g.:

  • Key Skills or Functional Skills
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • 14-19 Diploma
  • GCSEs • GCEs
  • Welsh Baccalaureate (at this time there is no credit transfer)
  • Welsh Baccalaureate with Principal Learning (at this time there is no credit transfer)
  • Other level 2 qualifications


E-portfolio and workplace observation.

Guided learner hours [GLH] are delivered during contracted working hours.  The normal working week in the Health Sector is 37.5 hours. If an Apprentice is employed part-time, the Apprenticeship must be extended in order for the apprentice to complete the GLH’s.

To satisfy the requirements of this apprenticeship framework and pathway an apprentice will need to complete a total of 731 (GLH). This total includes both the on and off-the-job guided learning that is to be completed over 18 months. A minimum of 280 GLH must be delivered during the first 12 months. The remaining GLH can be delivered at any time during the course of the apprenticeship.

Financial information

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.

Further information

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: 01226 216 123


Our Information Advisers visit schools and provide impartial information about training and education options for school leavers.

They can help with: • Applying for courses • Arranging taster days and visits to College • Information about course requirements




How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: This course has various start times throughout the year and will take 18 months to complete.
  • Course code: HSC1