Higher Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner (Health)

About the course

This programme is for staff currently employed in an appropriate health care setting and those interested should pursue the matter of support with their employer.

This programme provides the educational framework for students to work as an assistant practitioner in a range of healthcare settings.

Assistant practitioners assess, treat and care for patients in specific circumstances. They carry out tasks delegated by registered health professionals and are also accountable for certain tasks themselves.

An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector.

It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience required for their immediate job and future career.

These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

On completion of the programme, an apprentice will be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to NHS standards.

Apprentices will be required to demonstrate that they have met the standard of the care certificate by the end of stage 1. This is an employer responsibility. 

There is also a periopertative pathway for operating theatre staff working in support roles. Students must successfully complete level 5 of the generic pathway. On completion of the programme, students are awarded the same qualification as the generic pathway (Higher Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner (Health)).


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 Option
  • 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
  • Caring for People with Long Term Conditions
  • Understanding People and Societies 

Entry requirements

There are no specific qualifications required for entry to this apprenticeship. However, applicants will need to be able to provide evidence that they are able to meet the academic requirements of the programme.

Applicants to this apprenticeship will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience.

Whilst direct entry is possible it is very likely that applicants will have undertaken an advanced apprenticeship in a healthcare occupation or have comparable experience and/or qualifications.

Apprentices should

  • be currently employed in a health or social care setting and have the support of their employer
  • be flexible as there may be a requirement to work shifts
  • 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

Those interested in this course should pursue the matter with their employer and then apply by filling in the application 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

To apply, fill in the downloadable application form and the employer support form and return them to  

 For course, enquiries, please contact the programme director Vicky Hewson:

T: 01482 464533



On successful completion of the apprenticeship, students will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Associate Practioner).

They will be able to work as an assistant practitioner in a range of healthcare settings and undertake the full range of duties appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to NHS standards.


The course will be funded via the employing organisation.

For funding enquiries, please contact at or on (01482) 466373.


Students on the generic pathway:

Two years full-time (one day per week at university).

Students on the perioperative pathway:

Two years full-time.

The first year is delivered in blocks of teaching time.

The second year is one day per week at university.