How to become an ambulance care assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
A college course might give you some of the knowledge and skills required to be an ambulance care assistant.
You could take a level 2 certificate in health and social care or a T Level in health.
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could also become an ambulance care assistant by taking an ambulance support worker advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You might find it useful to have some health or social care experience before applying for a job.
- get advice from the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust
- do first aid work with the British Red Cross or St John Ambulance
- find volunteering opportunities through the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Do IT
You can apply directly for jobs. You'll need to:
- have driving experience
- use a sat nav, map or know the local area
- have experience working with disabled or elderly people
Some ambulance services may ask you for 4 GCSEs, including English, maths and a science at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.
You might need an extra driving qualification for larger vehicles and carrying passengers if you passed your test after 1996.
You can find out about becoming an ambulance care assistant from Health Careers.