Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner)

About the course

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) is aimed at people working within the health and social care sector who wish to make a bigger contribution to patient/client care.

Successfully completing the programme enables you to work more independently and take on some skills and responsibilities traditionally carried out by registered professionals.

This programme is suitable for those that are already working in or working towards an associate practitioner role.

You need to be employed in health or social care and have the full support of your employer to undertake this programme.

There will be the opportunity to gain practice experience in the simulated learning facility of our excellent Centre for Clinical Skills, as well as in the field.

Learners will undertake a combination of modules some which are core to the programme and others that relate to your present area of practice.

There is also a perioperative pathway for operating theatre staff working in support roles. 

A range of top ups to BSc level are available as progression routes for students undertaking this programme. 




This flexible, work-based programme of study features a wide variety of optional modules to suit individual practice needs and disciplines within health and social care.

A blended learning approach is adopted, and some modules may be taught predominantly online.

Students will be assessed through methods appropriate to each module; including written assignment, portfolio of evidence, examination, presentation and demonstration of practice skills.


Year 1

Core modules

  • Study Skills in Health and Social Care (or completed prior to September start)
  • Key Skills for Non- Registered Practitioners
  • Science and Systems
  • Evidencing Personal and Professional Development

Optional modules

  • Tissue Viability and Wound Care
  • Effective Communication
  • Aspects of Child and Family Health
  • Dementia- Responding Positively
  • End of Life Care
  • Medicines Management

Year 2

Core modules

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Ensuring Quality in Healthcare
  • Evidencing Values-Based Care and Conduct in Associate Practice
  • Team Leading in Practice

Optional modules

  • Policy Environment for Practice
  • Care and Intervention in Mental Health and Learning Disability
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Children and Young People
  • Mentoring, Teaching and Assessing in Practice

Entry requirements

Students should:

  • be currently employed as an associate practitioner, health or social care assistant/support worker or equivalent
  • possess literacy and numeracy skills at level 2 or equivalent
  • be able to provide evidence of previous study
  • have a named practice supporter for the duration of the programme
  • have a written recommendation from their employer

Students must have full support of their employer and ensure their line manager has completed the employer’s support form.

On receipt of the application form and employer's support form, applicants may be invited to an induction day which will take place during the selection period (dates to be advised). 

How to apply

Applicants should complete the following forms and return them to

For informal discussions about the course, please contact Vicky Hewson:

T: +44 (0)1482 464533



Following successful completion of the programme, you are awarded a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Assistant Practioner).

This means that you would be eligible to apply for Band 4 Assistant Practioner posts or progress onto health and social care-related professional programmes within the University.


Students who are employed in the NHS may be able to access a funded place. Non-NHS applicants may be eligible for self-financing through a Student Loan from Student Finance England (conditions apply). Further details are available on application.


2 years full time (one day per week at University) / 4 years part time (half a day per week at University)

Students are required to attend all taught sessions.