Senior Healthcare Support Worker

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Qualification type: Advanced Apprenticeship
Level: Level 3
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 18-24 Months
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

You will be expected to look after adults in a range of settings, duties will vary accordingly. You may work out in the community, including in people’s homes or in a hospital setting. In most instances your supervisor will be a registered nurse.

Some people you will support have short term needs, e.g. they have sustained an injury. Others may have long-term conditions which affect them every day for all their lives e.g. asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, depression, stroke or arthritis. Many people suffer from more than one condition e.g. an older person who has sustained a fall and has a wound that needs regular dressing may also have heart disease. Some people will need round the clock care, being able to do very little for themselves, requiring you to look after all their personal needs including feeding, washing, going to the toilet as well as carrying out clinical tasks like checking their blood pressure or pulse.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE maths and English with a grade C or above.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

You will be required to study one day a week in college and four days in employment in a healthcare setting.


How will I be assessed

You will be assessed in the workplace with practical observation, multi choice test paper and a portfolio.


What next

On completion of this Apprenticeship you can progress on to a wide range of job roles depending on the pathway taken. You could for example gain employment as Senior Care Support Worker in a residential setting/ supported living/ day services, or as a Senior Healthcare Assistant in community and primary care environments.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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