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Higher Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner (Health)

Interested in an apprenticeship with us?

This apprenticeship provides the educational framework to work as an Assistant Practitioner in a range of healthcare settings, assessing, treating and caring for patients in specific circumstances. Assistant Practitioners carry out delegated tasks from registered Health Professionals and are accountable for certain taks themselves - sometimes working independently. 

An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience required for your 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 world context. On completion of the apprenticeship, you will be able to undertake the full range of duties, confidently and competently to the standard set by the health sector. 

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Associate Practitioner).


The duration is 2 years full-time (equal to 1 day per week at university).

Year 1

Core modules

  • Study Skills in Health & 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
  • Evidence 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


*Modules subject to change


2 years full-time (equal to 1 day per week at university).


This course will be funded by the employing organisation.

The Government has pleged to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 with a special focus on higher and degree level apprenticeships offering education right up to Masters degree level.


To contact the Programme Director with a specific course enquiry:

Vicky Hewson
+44 (0)1482 464533

How to apply

If you're interested in this course - applicants should speak to their employer and then apply by completing the application form.

Entry requirements

There are no specific qualifications required for entry to this apprenticeship. Apprentices should

  • Be currently employed in the health or social care setting and have the support of your employer
  • Be flexible as there may be a requirement to work shifts
  • Have Literacy and Numeracy at level 2 or equivalent
  • Be able to provide evidence of previous study
  • Have a named practice supporter for the duration of the programme
  • Provide a written recommendation from the prospective student's employing organisation


By the end of the programme and to become an Assistant Practitioner, Apprentices must have achieved the following

  • Demonstrated that they have met the standards of the Care Certificate during the first part of their apprenticeship (an employer responsibility, Cavendish Review 2013).
  • An accredited level 5 occupational competence qualification such as a Foundation Degree, other Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education or the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare.
  • Industry Specific Requirements: - Work in line with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.


Students must have full support of their employer and ensure their line manager has completed the  employers support form and a named practice supporter must be identified as part of the application process. On receipt of the application form and employers support form, applicants may be invited to an Induction Day which will take place during the selection period (dates to be advised).