Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship

Overview (NV)

Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship

Course length
18 months (attendance - one day per month each semester)


As an Assistant Practitioner you will deliver all elements of health and social care to and for people and you will have a level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional Healthcare assistant or support worker.

An Assistant Practitioner can undertake clinical work within the remit of registered professionals and can transcend professional boundaries. They are accountable to themselves, their employer and more importantly, the people they support. 

This course is aimed at those who work in health and social care services, 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? 

  • You will be able to provide improved patient care
  • Gain new skills
  • Career progression and job satisfaction
  • Improving support and patient-focused care.

The Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship covers the following areas:

  • The structure, organisation and function of the human body
  • Leading and managing infection prevention and control within the work setting
  • Conduct and support others in the assessment of individuals health and wellbeing
  • Promote effective nutrition and fluid balance
  • Understand the principles and application of physiological measurements
  • Lead and manage a team within a health and social care or children and young people’s setting
  • Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s settings. 

Tuition fees 

UCB is a provider of ‘Outstanding’ vocational courses with excellent achievement and satisfaction results. We are currently in a position whereby we can offer this qualification at no cost to the employer. However, please note that this is for a limited period only. 


Completion of this qualification will enable career progression through the Agenda for Change Bands 1-4. Opportunities for further study at degree level are provided with the potential to progress onto pre-registration nurse training. 

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

Flexible through work-based learning and assessment, taught sessions at UCB and online delivery. You will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments.

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

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • Student needs to be over 19 years of age
  • Working a minimum of 30 hours per week in an appropriate role
  • A Level 3 qualification or significant experience in the health and social care sector
What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, you can enquire online by clicking on the green apply button on the overview page (see the tab above).

If you require any further advice or information, please contact the Apprenticeship team:

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