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Ambulance care assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Patient transport service driver, ambulance staff

Ambulance care assistants take patients to and from hospital for appointments.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become 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.

Entry requirements

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

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You could also become an ambulance care assistant by taking an ambulance support worker advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You might find it useful to have some health or social care experience before applying for a job. For example, you could volunteer with:

Direct Application

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.

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Further information

You can find out about becoming an ambulance care assistant from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • lift and help patients in and out of the ambulance
  • settle patients back at home after their appointments
  • use a radio to keep in touch with the ambulance control room
  • check and maintain the ambulance and its equipment
  • keep accurate records of journeys

Working environment

You could work on an ambulance.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • become a team leader or supervisor
  • become an emergency care assistant or apply to be a student paramedic
  • move into personnel, training, health and safety or operations management

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an Ambulance care assistant right now.

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Courses In England

Healthcare Support Diploma

  • Start date: 10 March 2025
  • Location: Paignton

Healthcare Support NCFE Level 3 Diploma

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Scunthorpe

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