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Higher Apprenticeship for Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Institute of Technology Course

About the course

An apprenticeship for individuals employed within the Health and Social care sector looking to upskill and train to become a qualified Healthcare Assistant Practitioner. The apprentice will be providing, supervising and co-ordinating high-quality and compassionate Health and Social Care for various people. Apprentices will achieve a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.

Over 24 months you will complete a knowledge-based qualification, including: Study skills for Foundation Degrees; Work-based Learning 1 – Fundamentals of Care; Bioscience, Growth and Development; Public Health and Wellbeing; Work Based Learning 2 – Assessment of Care; Applied Social Science for Health Care Professionals, in year one.

Topics covered in year two include: Social Policy and Welfare Systems; Embedding Quality in Care Delivery; Work Based Learning 3 – Complex Care Delivery; Applying Evidence to Practice; Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care; Worked Based Learning 4 – Management of Care Delivery On Programme Assessment.

You will also

Work Based Learning 4 – Management of Care Delivery On Programme Assessment

• Introduce and encourage you to engage in new areas of knowledge. You will also be given the opportunity to broaden and deepen your existing knowledge.

• Encourage you to engage in critical analysis of concepts, theories and practice and to test your analysis against perceived understandings and practices.

• Give you the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a range of activities relevant to your role in the health and social care environment.

• Encourage you to engage in critical reflection. You will be asked to re¬flect on new knowledge and understanding, and on your own learning experiences.

• College have prepared days for End Point Assessment Preparation and this will guide the apprentices towards the skills, knowledge and behaviours in preparation for End Point Assessment of the standard.

Throughout the course you will be expected to practise presentation skills, learn how to pass on information in an appropriate manner and work on producing education aids using IT skills. The majority of the course is taught in seminar groups, and in small groups in clinical skills laboratories.

Functional skills: We can deliver these alongside your study if required, please contact us for more details.

End Pont assessment: An End Point Assessment which will consist of a multiple choice test, an observation of practice, a reflective journal and interview.

Entry requirements

You will be in employment, as you must be able to continue working in an appropriate health or social care setting while undertaking the work-based learning component. Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the University’s principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards.

Typically, you will need Level 2 Maths (C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2), Level 2 English (GCSE C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2), Care Certificate, Level 3 Qualification (Apprenticeship or NVQ Level 3 equivalent) and support from your employer to fud your place on the course.

Please note that Maths, English, Care Certificate and this course have to be completed prior to the completion of your Higher Apprenticeship. If this doesn’t occur your Higher Apprenticeship cannot be signed off.

Where next?

Assistant Practitioners can be found working in a range of areas such as Cancer Services, Physiotherapy, Genito- Urinary Medicine, Orthopaedics, Hospice Care, Mental Health, Social Care, Community, Occupational Therapy, Learning Disabilities as well as hybrid roles that cross traditional occupational areas.

Assistant Practitioners will therefore develop additional skills and knowledge based on their employer’s requirements depending on the clinical or professional area within which they are working. There are established progression routes to the Nursing Degree Programmes from this course in Mental Health, Children and Adult Branches if the employment is relevant to the Degree Content. Graduates from this course can enter year 2 of these degree programmes at Oxford Brookes following interview.

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Fees information

This course is free of charge to the learner. Apprenticeships are funded via the employer with funding available from the government.


For queries about the course, please contact the Apprenticeships team or call 01793 732883.

If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing

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