Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship Level 5

Overview (NV)

Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship

Course length
18-24 months (one day per month)


Assistant practitioners work as part of the wider health and social care team and have direct contact with patients, service users and clients, providing high quality and compassionate care. Assistant practitioners work at a level above that of a healthcare support worker 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 possess the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an assistant practitioner. 

Who is it suitable for?

This course is aimed at those who work in health and social care teams, typically in sectors such as:

  • Senior care and support work

  • Primary care

  • Hospital wards and secondary care
  • Acute clinical areas 

Why should I choose this course?

  • Develop key management skills that will facilitate change in the healthcare sector
  • Develop mentoring and coaching skills
  • Career progression and job satisfaction
  • Improving support and patient-focused care

Course content

The course will run for two years with a mix of theory and practical assessments at UCB and in the workplace. Apprentices need to attend one day per month at UCB (9am - 5pm) and will have access to UCB’s wide range of facilities to enhance their learning experience. The employer also has a responsibility to provide 20% off-the- job learning for all apprentices.

The structure, organisation and function of the human body; leading and managing infection prevention and control within the work setting; conducting and supporting others in the assessment of individual health and wellbeing; promoting effective nutrition and fluid balance; understanding the principles and application of physiological measurements; leading and managing a team within a health and social care or children and young people’s setting; developing health and safety risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s settings. 

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

You will need to complete tasks and acquire a portfolio of evidence through work-based learning and assessment; taught sessions and online delivery.  A qualified tutor / assessor will examine the evidence which is then approved by the external verifier (appointed by the examining body).  Personal learning and thinking skills and employment rights and responsibilities are embedded in the apprenticeship.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Working towards Level 2 Functional Skills or evidence of GCSE English and Maths Grade C
  • The Apprentice needs to be working a minimum of 30 hours per week in an appropriate role
  • Hold a Level 3 qualification or significant experience in the health and social care sector
  • Evidence of achieving The Care Certificate or working towards this. If not currently achieved, it has been mapped into the programme for completion
What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise you on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email: Kathryn Catty, / Karen Lewis,