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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

UCAS points

- (September 2020 entry)

Course level




Start dates

March, September


St Helena, Chesterfield
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This programme offers an interprofessional learning experience for those working in Health and Social Care to enable the development of the Assistant Practitioner role. Trainees leave the programme able to deliver safe and effective care, having a required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional health care assistant or support worker. They are able to deliver elements of health and social care that have previously been within the remit of registered professionals.

If you are looking to expand your knowledge to improve the holistic view of the patient or service user, look no further than the Assistant Practitioner at the University of Derby. This is a flexible course that can be tailored to suit roles associated with a range of health and social care professions and will improve your confidence when dealing with challenging situations.

Trainees on this programme may be preparing for an assistant practitioner role or equivalent.

You can study to be an Assistant Practitioner either through self–funding or through an apprenticeship. Both routes require you to be working a minimum of 30 hours in a Health and Social Care setting and have the support of your employer.

What you will study

Core modules

You'll study modules such as:

  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • Communication and Working in Teams
  • Promoting Health and Independence

Optional modules

You'll choose two optional modules.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Providing and Monitoring Nursing Care
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Principles of Dementia Care
  • Science and Technology of Imaging
  • Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Introduction to Computed Tomography
  • Imaging Practice
  • Work-Based Project
  • Integrated Theory and Practice
  • Occupation and Wellbeing

Core modules

You'll study modules such as:

  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Patient Centred Care for Complex Health Needs
  • Leading and Integrating Care

Optional modules

You'll choose three optional modules.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Medicines Management
  • Assuring Quality and Safety of Care
  • Palliative and Supportive Care
  • Developing Imaging Practice
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Assistant Practice
  • Computed Tomography for Assistant Practice
  • Dental Radiography
  • Diagnostics and the Patient Journey
  • Work Based Project
  • Applied Theory and Practice
  • Managing Acute and Critical Illness
  • Listen without Prejudice – Music and Care 
  • Falls and Frailty
  • Independence, Dignity and Occupation

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

How you are assessed 

There will be formative and summative assessments throughout the programme which are constructively aligned to programme learning outcomes. These will include:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Julia Woodland
Programme leader

As a Lecturer in the Pre-qualifying Healthcare team, Julia Woodland is responsible for the teaching of students on the Foundation Degree for Assistant Practitioners and Nurse Associates.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points-
Specific requirements at A-level

Applicants will have a minimum of a Level 3 qualification. Where applicants do not have a level 3 qualification a portfolio assessment will be offered.

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*





* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September or March should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.