Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 3 Full-Time Ashington Main Campus Skills & Qualifications Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

Healthcare support staff can work in a variety of different settings within the NHS and private care facilities. The role of the support staff is to provide assistance to healthcare professionals in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients.

The Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in a range of healthcare support settings.

You will need to be employed or attending placement to complete this qualification.

You should have achieved a Level 2 in Health & Social Care and/or three GCSEs (grade 4 and above), including Maths and/or English.

We have a range of courses and levels in health and care to support your progression and achieve your dream goal of employment or Higher Education.

Speak to the team at our one of our open events for more information.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

All units are internally assessed.

Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units, as well as the whole qualification, through a portfolio of evidence.

Methods of assessment could include:

- Direct observation of learner by assessor
- Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
- Professional discussion
- Reflection on own practice in real work environments
- Written assignments
- Learner’s own work products

Monday - Friday (including days in placement)

The aim of this Level 3 diploma course is to confirm occupational competence and/or ‘licence to practice’.

You will need to be working, volunteering, or on practical placement to be able to show competence. This will be supported by knowledge and skills development in the classroom, our new simulation ward and independent living area.

You will study core units and a range of optional units, which allow for a number of placement and career options in the healthcare sector.

The qualification is formed of mandatory and optional units.

The mandatory units cover core competencies, whilst the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of specialist areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.


Learners must achieve a minimum of 65 credits to gain this qualification.

You must achieve 45 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 20 credits from the optional units.

At least 37 of the credits must be achieved at Level 3 or above.

Learners will need to be working, volunteering, or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

What’s next?

The qualification content is applicable to a variety of roles that you could progress to, for example:

– Senior Healthcare Support Worker
– Senior Healthcare Assistant
– Maternity Support Worker
– Theatre Support Worker
– Mental Health Support Worker
– Children and Young People Support Worker
– Therapy Support Worker
– Rehabilitation Assistant
– Enablement Worker

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We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.

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