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About the course

Solent University's new apprenticeships in health and social care build on our many years' experience of delivering on-the-job education in partnership with NHS trusts. They provide a combination of academic study and hands-on training that is ideal for healthcare organisations who are looking to fill existing skill gaps or get new employees up to speed.

Intended for those already in employment and looking to develop towards assistant practitioner status or the new nursing associate role, this curriculum offers a flexible learning approach where specialist units can be undertaken either in full or on a unit-by-unit basis.

Each year of this two-year programme contains a core work-based learning unit which includes assessment against agreed occupational standards. A range of options build upon these skills, focusing on specific clinical areas relevant to each apprentice. Health and social care apprenticeship training is generally delivered and assessed within each individual's workplace.

The foundation (FdSc) element offers a range of specialisms to better suit the requirements of specific healthcare roles:

  • FdSc Health and Social Care (Administration)
  • FdSc Health and Social Care (Healthcare Science)
  • FdSc Health and Social Care (Nursing)
  • FdSc Health and Social Care (Allied Healthcare)

Health and social care apprentices leave the programme having achieved a higher apprenticeship qualification, a foundation degree in health and social care, and assistant practitioner status within the NHS.

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Apprentices leave the programme with a more complete understanding of their responsibilities and the impact that effective care can have on patients.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates of this health and social care apprenticeship scheme will be well positioned to progress within their chosen healthcare specialism.

Graduates will also be able to progress onto higher academic qualifications, working towards an undergraduate degree.

Who is this course for?

All students are seconded from their employers to attend classroom sessions. Employers that are currently included in the partnership with Solent are Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Isle of Wight NHS.

There are also students who are employed within primary care services such as care homes and GP practices.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Employers will be expected to enter into a formal contract with the University and support employees fully throughout their health and social care apprenticeship. This includes allowing day release for the course, as well as paying contributions towards tuition costs and professional body membership fees alongside the employee’s normal wage.

  • FDSC - TBC
  • Associated PDUs - TBC

Under the August 2016 funding proposals, post levy (from May 2017) levy paying employers (businesses with an annual payroll >£3million) will be able to use funds accrued in their digital levy account for payment of the training drawn from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Non-levy paying business, or those business that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 10 per cent of the cost of the training with the government to pay the remaining 90 per cent.

You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and the new apprenticeship levy in our guide for employers.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

    Entry to this apprenticeship is only available with the support of an employer. Those who are interested in taking this course should speak to a line manager or staff development representative.

    Applicants will need to provide evidence of their ability to study at FHEQ Level 4. GCSEs at grades C or above in English and Maths (or their equivalents) are essential.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3179

How to apply

If you are an employer and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or ring 023 8201 3039.

If you are currently in work and are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship here at Solent, please speak directly with your employer to see if there is an existing agreement in place.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Communication Skills in Practice
  • Developing Work based Practice in Health & Social Care (Competency Portfolio & Professional Development)
  • Social & Psychological Impacts on Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Healthcare Science
  • Concepts of Management (Administration only)


  • Child Development
  • Palliative Care
  • Introduction to Imaging Science
  • Introduction to Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
  • Supporting Family Centred Care in the Neonatal High Dependency Setting
  • Introduction to Histopathology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Blood Sciences
  • Introduction to Maternity Care
  • Long Term Conditions
  • Recognising the Deteriorating Patient
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Customer Service in Health & Social Care
  • Introduction to Therapy

Year two

Core units

  • Extending Work based Practice in Health & Social Care (Competency Portfolio & Professional Development)
  • Supervision & Mentoring in Practice
  • Advanced Healthcare Science
  • Service Improvement Project
  • Managing Business Resources in Care Settings


  • Healthy Living
  • Advanced Imaging Science
  • Care of the Acutely Ill Child & Young Person
  • Child Health
  • Clinical Deterioration in the High Dependency Preterm or Sick Infant
  • Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
  • Medicines Management
  • Advanced Histopathology
  • Advanced Medical Microbiology
  • Advanced Therapy
  • Advanced Blood Sciences
  • Advanced Maternity Care
  • Managing Business Resources in Care Settings

Meet the course team

Kim Irvine academic profile Kim Irvine Senior Lecturer View profile
Mandy Lyons academic profile Mandy Lyons Lecturer View profile
Claire Higginson academic profile Claire Higginson Lecturer View profile
Neil Glasspool academic profile Neil Glasspool Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Health and social care apprentices will have access to all the facilities offered to full-time students. This includes access to all labs and equipment relevant to your course of study, as well as general facilities like our learning resource centres, student support services and 24-hour library.

Apprentices learn essential interpersonal, safeguarding and management skills – all within the context of their chosen specialism.

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