Apprenticeship Course

Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

Course details

Next course date

September and January


2 years



Course description

This programme is aimed at individuals entering the Assistant Practitioner role, looking to develop their skills beyond those of the traditional Healthcare Support worker. Entrants will come from a wide variety of backgrounds reflecting the breadth of the health and social care workforce. The programme has been developed to reflect key policies shaping the workforce, the NHS, Health and Social Care sectors today with the skills and attributes needed within the workforce to deliver care with compassion and to ensure the best outcomes for patients and service users. The programme has been developed through close consultation and collaboration with employers and is directly linked to the delivery of care in practice.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

Our assessment approaches are varied and include poster presentations, exam, essays, assignments, case based discussions and practical skills assessments.

Our teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nurse education. They have professional interests across children’s, mental health learning disability nursing as well as Occupational therapy and science.

Your Programme Leader, Julia Woodland, has 25 years’ experience as Registered Nurse (Adult) as well as being a qualified teacher for over 10 years.

Core Modules

  • Communicating Health Promotion - 40 credits
  • Developing Safe Care - 30 credits
  • Practise Module - 10 credits (pass/fail module)

Work with employer organised placements

Student selected modules (choose two - 20 credits)

  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Occupation and Wellbeing
  • Work Based Project
  • Complex Health and Social Care Needs in Maternity Settings
  • Essential Clinical Skills
  • Maternity Care and Skills
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Guiding Principles and Practice
  • Principles of Scrub and Circulating Practice
  • Principles of Anaesthetic Practice
  • Radiographic Imaging
  • Science and Technology of Imaging
  • Introduction to Computed Tomography
  • Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Core Modules

  • Leadership and Learning - 30 credits
  • Practice Module - 10 credits (pass/fail module) including preparation for the EPA
  • End Point Assessment - 40 credits

Work with employer organised placement 

Student selected modules (choose two - 20 credits)

  • Falls and Frailty
  • Independence, Dignity and Occupation
  • Listen Without Prejudice
  • Music and Care
  • Work Based Project
  • Medicines Management
  • Assisting at Births
  • Care of the Mother and
  • Newborn in the Postnatal Period
  • Caring for People with Learning Disabilities
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare
  • Developing Anaesthetic Practice
  • Developing Scrub and Circulating Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology for ODP
  • Developing Imaging Practice
  • Diagnostics and the Patient Journey
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Delivered online, accessible for all

This programme is delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform, meaning that students do not need to attend campus for lecture. This means that the programme and training can be accessed remotely from anywhere in the UK.

In tune with latest developments

This course is closely mapped against the needs of employers, which will ensure that your learning is up to date and relevant. In delivering the programme, we respond to national changes such as latest government policies. As a result, some of the information about the course may change.
As health care is increasingly delivered by multi professional teams, we offer opportunities at each stage of the course for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in more flexible ways after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for your patients.

Entry requirements

Apprentices do not need Maths/English at the start of the course. However some employers may insist on this for them to support their candidate.
If apprentices do not have Maths/English they must achieve this by the end of the programme in order to gain the apprenticeship qualification and to ensure they are funded.

Individual employers will also set their own selection criteria and typical entry requirements and we will work with them concerning entry.

To apply for this apprenticeship you must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Your employer must cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

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Fees and funding


Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £12,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.


Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

For more information call +44 (0)800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship must be made through the employer. If you are an individual who is not yet employed within this sector, you may find the following links useful:

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Additional information about your studies

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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