Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner)

Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) FdSc

Degree Apprenticeship

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner - Level 5

Developing competent healthcare professionals capable of providing, supervising and coordinating high-quality and compassionate health and social care for a wide range of people.

This course will equip learners with a range of health and social care specific, transferable knowledge and skills to support their continuing personal, professional and academic development.

Learners develop through the unique combination of work-based learning with academic knowledge and skills to enhance their knowledge of the Assistant Practitioner role and its impact on their current and/or future work within health and social care.

Graduate Assistant Practitioners will have additional skills and knowledge based on their employer’s requirements depending on the clinical or professional area within which they gain their work-based learning. Professionals with transferable knowledge and skills to support a career in health and social care.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

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What does the programme lead to

Assistant Practitioners work as part of the wider health and social care team and have direct contact with patients, service users or clients providing high quality and compassionate care. Assistant Practitioners work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and physiology). Assistant Practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. Upon successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.

Job Roles

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.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 5
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston or Burnley
DURATION: 18 –24 months

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Admissions decisions will be based on the following standard criteria;

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 72 - 80
  • BTEC: Merit, Pass, Pass
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 72 - 80 points
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or FS2 or KS3

Minimum service experience requirements: There is no standard around minimum service, however, some experience will be viewed in a favourable manner (see above); this will be examined in connection with the supporting organisation HEI recommendation is that some time/ induction into local service will be beneficial.

There is a need to be employed within the Health and Social Care sector. The candidates should be working 23 hours/week in addition to the University day.

Applications and interviews will establish suitability, also possible diagnostic testing. This will be undertaken in partnership with employing organisations and in response to them. Applicants whose first language is not English will need to have achieved an overall IELTS of 6.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.

Course Content

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Study and Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Care from the Client Perspective
  • Foundations for Practice
  • Introduction to Medicines for Assistant Practitioners (optional)

One of the following Core Role Specific Modules

  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care
  • Introduction to Clinical Imaging
  • Introduction to Unscheduled and Acute Care
  • Partnership in Practice 1
  • Introduction to Sexual Health
  • Introduction to Neonatal Care

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Health Promotion
  • Management and Leadership in Health & Social Care
  • Evidence Based Practice (optional)
  • Developing Practice

One of the following Core Role Specific Modules

  • Mental Health Care: The Broader Context
  • Physiological Response to Health and Illness
  • Rehabilitation Practice
  • Management of Long Term
  • Conditions across the lifespan
  • Principles and Practice in Clinical Imaging
  • Interventions in Mental Health Practice
  • Partnership in Practice 2
  • Principles of STI’s and asymptomatic screening
  • Principles of blood born viruses
  • Principles of contraceptive and unplanned pregnancy
  • Sex and Relationship Education across the age continuum Low Dependency and Transitional
  • Care of the Neonate

Our assistant practitioner programme has been a commissioned programme for Health Education North West since 2006. Our programme has been valued by workforce leads within Primary Care, NHS Trusts and Private health service providers across Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. The flexibility and range of specialist staff within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing mean that we are able to work with employers to develop bespoke specialist training routes for their employees.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

End point assessment provides apprentices with a showcase opportunity to provide oral and documentary evidence of their knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship

It enables the independent assessor to assess the skills and behaviours of the apprentice by observing the apprentice in the course of their normal work

Tests the knowledge acquired by the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship.

The end point assessment includes the following components:

  1. A multiple choice and short answer test
  2. An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
  3. A reflective journal completed by the apprentice and an interview.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Healthcare Assistant Practitioner - Read more
LEVEL: Level 5
FUNDING BAND: up to £12,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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