L3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

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The Healthcare Support Diploma Level 3 provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in a range of healthcare support settings. These will be evidenced through observations in practice and knowledge-based submissions. The content of the qualification is applicable to a variety of roles, examples of which are included below:

  • Adult nursing support
  • Maternity support
  • Theatre support
  • Mental health support
  • Children and young people’s support
  • Allied health profession (therapy support)

Course Information

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

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


Who is this course for?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills within the NHS or private healthcare facilities.

Units / Modules

From the mandatory units, you will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:
  • Communication in care settings
  • Effective handling of information in care settings
  • Personal development in care settings
  • Person-centred approaches in care settings
  • Equality and inclusion in care settings
  • Health, safety and wellbeing in care settings
  • Responsibilities of a care worker
  • Duty of care in care settings
  • Safeguarding and protection in care settings
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
  • Mental health problems
  • Mental wellbeing and mental health promotion
  • Study skills for senior healthcare support workers
One of the following occupational specialisms
From the optional units, you will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of your choice; these include units in relation to:
  • Adult nursing support
  • Maternity support
  • Theatre support
  • Mental health support
  • Children and young people’s support
  • Allied health profession (therapy support)

Benefits / Skills

The Healthcare Support Diploma Level 3 is a combination of in-class study and working in industry. You will develop your skills to enable you to progress further in the industry.

Assessment Types

The qualification will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task. Please note, mandatory assessment for the unit ‘Study Skills for Senior Healthcare Support Workers’ must provide evidence of a piece of extended writing or a project.

Entry Requirements

You must be working in the sector already in the job role.

Career Progression

The mandatory Study Skills unit provides you with the knowledge and skills required to produce an extended piece of work using investigatory techniques. These skills could also support progression to higher levels of learning/education. Nursing which includes adult nursing, mental health nursing, children’s nursing, learning disability nursing or midwifery. Allied health professions including physiotherapy, dietician, occupational therapy, podiatry, radiography, speech and language therapy.

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Course Details


1 year

Study Type

Full time

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Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Fee (Adult)

£2,225   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts

Labour Market

You must be actively working in the sector at the level of the course to enable you to meet the competence based criteria.

Extra Curriculum

There are no attached UCAS points.

Trips and Opportunities

Level 3 Diplomas can help students progress onto higher education at university, skilled employment or onto an apprenticeship pathway.

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