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Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare (Intermediate)

This work based course develops the skills and knowledge needed for a wide range of careers working in clinical healthcare.
Course description: 

All training on this course is delivered either in the workplace or at college, on a day release basis.

For the full Apprenticeship, learners will complete: Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support, Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health and Functional Skills in Maths and English.

The apprenticeship framework will contribute towards developing a health sector with a skilled, flexible and effective workforce whilst maintaining high quality and safe care for patients.

Apprentices may be working in a variety of settings, including  a specific hospital department (e.g. therapy, cardiac or radiotherapy department), a community clinic or health centre, patients’ homes, care homes, a hospital labour or maternity ward, a community delivery suite, a laboratory,  a hospital neonatal or postnatal unit or clinic, or a GP clinic.

As a guide, clinical duties at Intermediate Level may include:

  • generally assisting with patients’ overall comfort and wellbeing
  • assisting healthcare professionals with clinical tasks
  • monitoring patients’ conditions e.g. taking temperatures, pulse, respiration and weight
  • helping people to mobilise
  • washing and dressing
  • feeding
  • toileting
  • bed making

Employers have endorsed the apprenticeship programme as it gives the broad base training in the skills for the occupational area through the completion of qualifications which are based on National Occupational Standards. This programme leads to better productivity, retention and a qualified workforce which aids the employer.

Additional measurable benefits include better team performance, productivity targets met or exceeded, quicker response time and reduced error rates.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Apprentices who took their GCSEs more than five years ago and did not gain a C grade or above may need to take a literacy and numeracy test. Applicants will also be asked to attend a pre-enrolment interview.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether they have just left school or have been working for years. As an apprenticeship is a work based qualification, applicants should either have an employer who has agreed to support them, or be seeking an apprenticeship position through our vacancies list. Once you have secured a position with an employer your training can begin. If you have an employer who is interested in supporting you in completing an Apprenticeship, please contact our Employer Partnerships Team on Freephone: 0800 328 3616 or email employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk

Clinical healthcare 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 an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • be flexible as there may be a requirement to work rotas

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).


Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. For further information, please see: www.apprenticeships.org.uk


Assessment for this qualification is carried out both through formal assessment and in the workplace.

Academic progression: 

Students may progress from this pathway onto further qualifications specific to their work context. A wide range of qualifications are available for use within the health sector. These may include further apprenticeship frameworks e.g. Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support), QCF qualifications or other work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.

Career progression: 

Many clinical healthcare support apprentices complete their apprenticeships and continue to work as clinical healthcare support workers or healthcare assistants, with delegated duties assigned to them by the practitioners they work alongside.


To discuss Apprenticeship costs, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk

This is a Level 2 course:
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18-24 months