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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner, Higher Apprenticeship FdSc

As a higher apprentice you will be in employment in a health-related role while studying part time for a work-based foundation degree in health and social care. The higher apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to extend your clinical skills and also identify and develop your understanding of the theory underpinning practice.


Linked Level 5 University award: Foundation Degree Health and Social Care Practice


Course overview


The course has been developed in consultation with senior managers and employers to meet the education and training requirements of assistant/support workers across all health and social care services and can lead to employment as an assistant practitioner. The higher apprenticeship recognises the workplace place as a centre of knowledge building and supports you by combining opportunities with the workplace and the learning environment of the University. It offers a range of modules to support your continuing personal and professional development, whether you work in health, social or community care. Throughout your studies you are supported by a practice assesor and academic tutor.

Routes currently available include (subject to demand): radiography, adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disabilities nursing, rehabilitation, and perioperative care.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

An Introduction to Anatomy and Pathophysiology

This core module gives you the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as part of your foundation year. It focuses on the concept of homeostasis – how all systems work in harmony. The content is delivered using a systems approach across a range of body systems.

Foundations of Practice

Foundations of Practice is a 60 credit module. It is a work-based learning module exploring practice-related theory and work-based learning with emphasis on safe practice and patient safety.

You develop your knowledge, skills and professional conduct, values and attitudes that are relevant and important to your work-based role.

Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn is a 10 credit module. When entering higher education, you need to develop a range of skills to support your academic studies. These skills range from basic IT skills through high-level information retrieval.


Optional modules

You also select a module from the list of specialist options that relates to your working environment.

Year 2 core modules

An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice which is a module that underpins both your theory and practice and provides you with information regarding research into your area of work and rationale for why you carry out the care in certain ways.

Orientations of Practice

This is a 60-credit competency-based practice module – it provides 50% of the programme credits at level 2. In year 2 you will build on your existing knowledge and skills to advance your practice and competencies, demonstrated through your portfolio of evidence.


Optional modules

You also select a module from the list of specialist options that relates to your working environment.

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You attend the University one day a week for 32 weeks in the first year and one day a week for 28 week in the second year. You share your learning experiences with students from other care settings. The course is focused on work-based/work-related learning and you are expected to use your experiences to fulfil work-based activities and inform your academic development. There are modules which enable you to undertake learning in the workplace and develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your skill development.

The learning and teaching methods include lectures both in the classroom and through digital means, seminars, group work, and both clinical and IT skills laboratory. The course is supported by the use of a virtual learning environment that allows you to engage with the learning and tutors whilst in the workplace.

How you are assessed

You are assessed as part of the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Practice. Each module is assessed individually, using a variety of methods including assignments, examinations and presentations to allow your knowledge to develop. In addition, you also complete a work-based portfolio and your competence in practice is assessed on an ongoing basis. You have access to a wide range of support including personal tutors, academic tutors and work-based assessors/supervisors who support you and guide you through the range of assessments.

In addition to meeting the assessment requirements for the foundation degree, your employer also assesses your vocational competencies on an ongoing basis. You also need to pass an overall higher apprenticeship end point assessment and this is your opportunity to show case your learning and abilities in practice. To be awarded the higher apprenticeship you are required to successfully complete all assessment elements.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Apprentices will:
> be employed at least 30 hours a week working in a health and/or social care setting
> have NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or provide evidence of their ability to work at Level 3 in an appropriate healthcare environment

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

On successful completion of the higher apprenticeship you can seek employment as associate or assistant practitioners. There may also be opportunity for progression to an honors degree course or relevant pre-registration healthcare programmes, for example nursing, radiography, and physiotherapy.


Professional approval

Outstanding provision for higher apprenticeships
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Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • Start date: September

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