Foundation Certificate

Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship

Female healthcare student in a classroom
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: March 2019; September 2019
  • Course duration: Two years

Due to growing demands on NHS services in recent years, there have been several workforce reviews into the improvement of efficiency and utilisation of existing staff to enhance service provision. Key papers such as The Francis Report, The Cavendish Review and the NICE review of safe staffing levels have all highlighted the importance of support workers in ensuring high standards of care. As a result, there has been a huge increase in demand for band 4 employees in all areas of the health service, these employees are collectively referred to as assistant practitioners. While the individual duties of the assistant practitioner vary depending on their specific place of work, the skills, qualities and attributes which they bring are common across the NHS.

While demand for assistant practitioners in high, there is a shortage of qualified individuals to fill the new posts. As a result, NHS trust across the UK are seeking to upskill their existing staff, using their apprenticeship levy to fund their training.

This course has been developed in collaboration with healthcare providers to ensure it provides a comprehensive programme of learning to upskill employees.

These components are

  • Achievement of the Care Certificate during the first part of their apprenticeship
  • 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.
  • Work in line with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England and other Industry Specific Requirements, relevant to their specific area of practice.
  • Level 2 English and Maths - (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above).
  • Accreditation of the apprenticeship standard via the relevant apprenticeship gateway assessment.

This course aims to

  • Provide apprentices with the knowledge and skills required for career progression or further study in health and social care.
  • Underpin existing practical capabilities with the relevant theoretical framework, enabling apprentices to think critically about their own professional practice.
  • Respond to the needs of local health care employers by providing a cohort of individuals with the specific knowledge and skills needed for progression in the industry.
  • Instil the professional values required for progression in the caring industries, including reflective practice and continued professional development.

We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

What you'll study

This course aims to provide a full-time, two-year route to achieving the Higher Apprenticeship for Assistant Practitioners (Health) by combining all the components required for this apprenticeship in a single, unified programme of study.

120 credits will be completed at each level (4 and 5).

  • Level 4

    • Essentials of healthcare practice (20 credits)
    • Foundations of care across the continuum (20 credits)
    • Promoting quality care in practice (20 credits)
    • Introduction to evidence-based practice in healthcare (40 credits)
    • Principles of physiology for healthcare (20 credits)
    • Skills for professional practice (Pass/Fail)
  • Level 5

    • Professional values for healthcare practice (20 credits)
    • Care across the continuum (20 credits)
    • Evidence based practice in healthcare (40 credits)
    • Leadership and mentoring in healthcare (20 credits)
    • Applied physiology for healthcare (20 credits)
    • Specialist skills for professional practice (Pass/Fail)

How you’re taught

Your learning will have a work-based focus, with a wide range of activities and methods. You'll spend one day per week at University, alongside blended and independent learning activities.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include:

  • OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) - Practical demonstrations of skills in a simulated environment
  • Mentor observations within the workplace
  • An E-portfolio (PebblePad)
  • An employer conference where students will showcase their evidence based practice project to employers and relevant stakeholders.
  • Responses to case studies
  • Reflective accounts
  • Presentations
  • Academic posters
  • Essays
  • Multiple-choice and short-answer question exams.

The end-point assessment for the Assistant Practitioner Health Apprenticeship standard consists of the following four elements:

  • A synoptic examination consisting of multiple-choice and short-answer questions
  • A practical observation of the apprentice in their place of work
  • Review of the three month’s reflective journals
  • An interview to discuss the journals and other areas of the apprentice’s practice.

Entry requirements

  • All applicants must hold a level 3 qualification in a relevant subject. For example, BTEC level 3 Health and Social Care.
  • All applicants must hold, or be willing to achieve within the first year of study, a level 2 qualification in Maths and English Language. This is a requirement of the apprenticeship standard, apprentices who do not achieve their level 2 qualification in maths and English will not be able to register for the end-point assessment.
  • All applicants must meet the Education and Skills Funding Agency's (ESFA) requirements for apprentices, including evidence of residency status and previous academic attainment.

You must also hold employment in a relevant occupation that

  • Allows a sufficient level of flexibility to facilitate the required 20% off the job training.
  • Provides opportunity for the development of new skills and application of theory to practice.
  • Is either permanent or subject to a contract which will last for the duration of the course.

You must be sponsored by their employer who must

  • Enter in to a contract with the learner and NTU, pledging to provide adequate support and opportunities for development to enable the learner to succeed.
  • Agree to accommodate the 20% off the job training requirement, ensuring that the apprentice can attend all taught sessions delivered at NTU city campus as well as having time to conduct independent study.

Employer engagement events will be held annually to encourage employers to identify employees who would be suitable for the programme. Most applications will be handled by the Central Admissions Team. A face-to-face interview will be conducted with a member of the course team before a place is offered. A tripartite agreement between the employer, the apprentice and NTU will also need to be completed prior to admission.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

For more information on how to apply please visit our apprenticeship pages or email us.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Your employer will be able to access government funding which will cover the costs of your course fees.  Your employer will discuss with you regarding any extra charges such as accommodation and travel expenses prior to you signing up to the apprenticeship so that you are aware of any additional costs you may incur before you accept your apprenticeship.

For more information visit our apprenticeship information pages.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

For more information visit our apprenticeship information pages.

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