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Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support Level 3

Programme Description


The purpose of this qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health workforce. The qualification confirms competence in a range of clinical healthcare support skills

The qualification is for all learners aged 16 and above who are capable of reaching the required standards

The qualification will enable the learners to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to working in the Health Sector.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  18 Months

 Aberystwyth & Cardigan Campus

Programme Features


For all regulated qualifications, we specify a total number of hours that learners are expected to undertake in order to complete and show achievement for the qualification –this is the Total Qualification Time (TQT). The TQT value indicates the size of a qualification.

Within the TQT, we identify the number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) that a centre delivering the qualification needs to provide. Guided learning means activities that directly or immediately involve tutors and assessors in teaching, supervising, and invigilating learners, for example lectures, tutorials, online instruction and supervised study.

As well as guided learning, there may be other required learning that is directed by tutors or assessors. This includes, for example, private study, preparation for assessment and undertaking assessment when not under supervision, such as preparatory reading, revision and independent research.

Progression & Employment


It is anticipated that learners will progress to qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

The potential job roles for those working towards this qualification :-

Healthcare Support Worker

Phlebotomist

Programme Content


This qualification is within the Diploma range of credit.

Learners must achieve a minimum of 65 credits to gain the Pearson Edexcel Level 3

Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support. To do this they must achieve:

  • 35 credits from the mandatory units
  • a minimum of 30 credits from the optional units

Minimum credits to be achieved at or above the level of the qualification are 39 credits

The Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification is 370 or more.

All units must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Health’s Assessment Principles and /or Skills for Care and Development’s Assessment principles.

Method of Assessment


The overall grade for the qualification is a ‘pass’. The learner must achieve all the required units within the specified qualification structure.

To pass a unit the learner must:

  • achieve all the specified learning outcomes
  • satisfy all the assessment criteria by providing sufficient and valid evidence for
  • each criterion
  • show that the evidence is their own

The qualifications are designed to be assessed:

  • in the workplace or
  • in conditions resembling the workplace, as specified in the Assessment principles for the sector, or
  • as part of a training programme

Entry Requirements


Must be employed Part-time, Full time or Bank for the Health Board.

Additional Costs


No additional costs - however, academic and study skills books will be recommended throughout the academic year.