SASE Frameworks

Apprenticeship Standards are gradually replacing Apprenticeship Frameworks in England.  In the meantime, many apprenticeship frameworks are still live, either continuing to take new starts or allowing existing apprentices complete their apprenticeships.

Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) is statutory and governs the content of the frameworks including:

  • Naming conventions
  • Delivery
  • Qualifications and acceptable alternatives
  • Key and Functional Skills
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Guided learning hours (GLH)

You can download the individual apprenticeship frameworks from Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (you may have to search current and archive to find the one you want).

As ‘Issuing Authority’ for the health sector in England, Skills for Health manages the development and maintenance of the apprenticeship frameworks used in the health sector.  They also issue the certificates when the apprentice completes their apprenticeship.  You can also download FAQs for Certification and Frameworks.

Last Start Dates

Last start date for SASE Apprenticeship in Health frameworks (level in brackets):

31st December 2019

  • Emergency Care Assistance (2)

31st July 2020

  • Optical Retail (2, 3)
  • Pharmacy Services (2, 3)
  • Healthcare Support Services (2, 3)

After the last start date it will not be possible to register apprentices on these frameworks, before that date registrations can continue as normal.

New Standards

These frameworks are broadly replaced by the following standards. It’s not always a direct match and in some instances one framework may be replaced by more than one standard.

Level Framework Title  – Apprenticeship in Health (….) Standard Title
2 Pharmacy Services Pharmacy Services Assistant
2 Emergency Care Assistance Healthcare Support Worker or Ambulance Support Worker
2 Clinical Healthcare Support and Health and Social Care (Health pathway) Healthcare Support Worker
2 Healthcare Support Services No direct replacement, select one of the following based on role eg Hospitality Team Member, Horticulture and Landscape Operative, Customer Service Practitioner
2 Optical Retail Optical Assistant
3 Dental Nursing Dental Nurse
3 Pathology Support Laboratory Technician
3 Optical Retail Optical Assistant
3 Clinical Healthcare Support Senior Healthcare Support Worker Option 1 Adult Nursing Support
3 Healthcare Support Services No direct replacement, select one of the following based on role – Facilities Management Supervisor, Hospitality Supervisor, Horticulture and Landscape Supervisor, Security First Line Manager, Service and Maintenance Engineer, Business Administrator
3 Maternity and Paediatric Support Senior Healthcare Support Worker Option 2 Maternity Support and Option 5 Children and Young People Support
3 Perioperative Support Senior Healthcare Support Worker Option 3 Theatre Support
3 Allied Health Profession Support Senior Healthcare Support Worker Option 6 Allied Health Profession – Therapy Support
3 Pharmacy Services Pharmacy Technician
5 Assistant Practitioner Assistant Practitioner (Health)

To see the stage of development of any of the new standards please use the search function on the standards or home page.