SAQA ID: 49606
DURATION: 1 YEAR (Full time)


The focus in this learning field is on primary healthcare within the framework of community, with health promotions as a vital aspect. The ancillary care worker is required to play a pre-emptive role in the assessment and identification of health needs as well as to intervene in primary healthcare activities. This takes place in collaboration with, and referral to, the formal health services and other health related systems.

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Learners who complete this qualification will possess the competence required to perform community health functions under the supervision of a professional health worker. They will have the fundamental skills required for employment by a range of health, social and other sector employers. They will be in possession of a recognised qualification that will provide a platform for further education and training in a career pathway towards becoming professional health workers.
Qualified learners in this field will provide a service that will assist communities to better manage their own health and wellness. They will have the skills to provide support services within a multidisciplinary health care team.
On successful completion of this qualification one will be able to:

  • Communicate in a variety of ways as well as developing personal and community skills
  • Use mathematics in real life situations.
  • Collect and provide information to support community health.
  • Provide community based care.
  • Work as nursing assistant.



Learners who successfully complete this qualification will generally carry out their roles within the context of:

  • The client`s home.
  • A community care centre.
  • Hospices, Old Age Homes
  • NGOs, NPOs and CBOs
  • Hospitals and clinics.

There is no doubt from the international experience of community health workers (CHW) that they play a role in improving the basic health status of communities. In South Africa, the important supportive role of CHWs in the provision of health care services has been extensively documented. This contribution is further exemplified in those parts of the country where there is a shortage of professional health workers to provide the necessary health care services, based on identified needs.

The focus in this learning field is therefore on primary health care within the framework of community development, with health promotion as a vital aspect. The Ancillary Health Worker (AHW) is required to play a pre-emptive role in the assessment and identification of health needs as well as to intervene in primary health care activities. This takes place in collaboration with, and referral to, the formal health services and other health related systems. Home-based care is also a key function of the AHW. Preventive measures for the management of disasters and accidents also form an important aspect of their activities. In all these activities the AHW observes the ethical codes of practice, norms, values and rights of the community.

This qualification forms the introduction to ancillary health work and will provide the learner with essential skills that will be needed to progress to the national certificates in ancillary health care at Levels 2, 3 and 4.




This qualification is the starting point of a progressive route in ancillary health care and learners starting to learn towards this qualification are assumed to have the following competencies:

  • Grade 8 and above
  • Communication at ABET level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at ABET level 2.
  • Ability to undertake independent learning.



This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning in terms of the defined exit level outcomes and/or individual unit standards.
Evidence can be presented in various ways, including international and/or previous local qualifications, products, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.


Assessment is not a single event but rather a structured process of gathering evidence and making judgments of the learners` performance in relation to the qualification. A range of formative and summative methods can be used in assessing learners. This may include:

  • Written and oral tests/examinations.
  • Case studies and assignments.
  • Role play and simulation sessions.
  • Written reports/work plans.
  • Peer group review.
  • Feedback from clients.



Ancillary Health Care training for people at lower NQF levels is done in many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of South America.
Ancillary Health Care is offered in First World countries, as part of their sophisticated integrated health care systems, by officials who are, in the main, graduates in nursing, social work and community development.

Successful completion of the qualification guarantees entry into employment all over the world.


This qualification is the starting point in ancillary health work and acts as a springboard from which learners may progress to the NQF Level 2 qualifications such as Community Health Care and other qualifications at level 3 or 4 in related fields.


How to Apply and Register at Emakhandeni

Option 1: Electronically

  • Download Application Form, fees structure and fees declaration
  • Complete Application Form, and ask person responsible for paying fees to complete declaration
  • Pay registration fees by EFT or ATM
  • Scan and fax Application form, proof of payment and fees declaration
  • Receive confirmation of admission within 48 hours

download application-form-2017

Option 2: Visit College

  • Consult one of our career guidance official at our offices
  • Complete the application form
  • On successful approval of application, pay registration fees & receive confirmation of  acceptance together with Student Number.
  • Attend orientation day, complete & sign the registration form.


NB: Bring the following documents for application

  • Certified copy of ID/Passport x 4
  • Passport size photos
  • Certified copies of Academic Certificates x 4
  • * For all our registered students, there are FREE COMPUTER LESSONS!

Fees payment

2017 JHB course fees structure
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All fees are paid by electronic transfer or by direct ATM deposit. No cash will be accepted and any BANK deposit will attract a 5% bank charge.

Banking details

  • FNB cheque Acc No: 62234607391
  • Branch Code: 250455
  • Ref: Student Name & Surname