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About the course

Healthcare 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 of factors that influence health and ill-health.

Assistant practitioners work in a variety of roles in healthcare, including supportive roles in nursing, operating theatres, biomedical science laboratories, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, mental health, social care, rehabilitation services and radiology.

We currently offer the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner pathway aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships standard

The apprenticeship has been developed alongside our partner NHS Trusts and local care providers. The course draws on considerable expertise to deliver a sector-specific curriculum including pathways into nursing, allied healthcare, healthcare science, and administration and management.

This apprenticeship is underpinned by FdSc Health and Social Care. Upon successful completion, you'll achieve a foundation degree in health and social care practice.

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This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Assistant practitioner is a specialist role developed locally by employers to meet individual service need

What does this course lead to?

This course offers you the latest technologies to enable you develop a range of clinical skills and knowledge, based on your employer's requirements and depending on the clinical or professional area in which you work. This could include health promotion and preventing ill health, monitoring care, team work, undertaking diagnostic tests, improving safety and quality of care, and contributing to integrated care working under the supervision of a registered practitioner.

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those already working in a healthcare setting who feel they have the qualities and philosophy required to become a caring, effective, professional and safe practitioner. Assistant practitioner apprentices should demonstrate the following values:

  • Caring personality
  • Compassionate towards patients and families
  • Competent and safe in practice
  • Effective communication
  • Courageous
  • Committed to the highest standards of professionalism and nursing care.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training.  Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs.

The programme cost for 2021/22 is £12,000.

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

Other costs

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs
  • DBS – Enhanced DBS fee - met by the apprentice employer
  • The apprentice employer will pay for an occupational health assessment/any immunisations if they are not covered by your GP

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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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 their line manager or learning and development representative.

    Applicants will need to provide evidence of their ability to study at foundation degree level. GCSEs at grades C/4 or above in English and Maths (or their equivalents) are essential. Applicants must also have a relevant level 3 qualification. (For staff working in biomedical science a level 2 health care science apprenticeship is accepted). If all other criteria are met, it might be possible for applicants to submit a portfolio of evidence of recent academic study for consideration as an alternative to a level 3 qualification.

    Interview including values based discussion/interview

    All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service. This is organised by the employer before enrolment.

    Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer or a potential apprentice and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

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

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Foundation Skills to Support Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology to Support Practice
  • Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Developing Practice-based Learning Year 1

Specialist optional modules

  • Introduction to Maternity Practice
  • Introduction to Pathology Practice
  • Long Term Conditions
  • Introduction to Therapy Practice
  • Introduction to Specialist Practice

Year two

Core modules
  • Investigating Health and Conditions Across The Lifespan
  • Supervision and Assessment of Practice
  • Service Improvement Project
  • Extending Professional Practice
  • Practice-based Learning Year 2

Specialist optional modules

  • Extending Maternity Practice
  • Pathology Services in Practice
  • Extending Therapy Practice
  • Recognition and Escalation of Deteriorating Physical and Mental Health
  • Extending Specialist Practice

Meet the course team

Mandy Lyons academic profile Mandy Lyons Course Leader View profile
Ann Gorecki academic profile Ann Gorecki Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Arai academic profile Lisa Arai Senior Lecturer View profile
Wendy McCracken academic profile Wendy McCracken Senior Lecturer View profile
Stacy Hutchins academic profile Stacy Hutchins Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Higginson academic profile Claire Higginson Lecturer View profile
Gemma Burley academic profile Gemma Burley 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.


You'll have access to our specialist facilities, including our new nursing simulation suite, nutrition labs and biomedical science labs. You'll also be able to use Solent's general facilities like our learning resource centres, student support services and 24-hour library.

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

Your future

Solent's Health Care Assistant Practitioner apprenticeship will prepare you for a non-registered role in physiotherapy, biomedical sciences, operating theatres, maternity care, imaging sciences or as a route to registered professional roles such as a nursing associate nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, or healthcare science practitioner.

Industry links

This apprenticeship has been developed alongside our partner NHS Trusts and local care providers.


Students study within their own health and social care workplace but there are opportunities to undertake supervised practice in other areas by arrangement.

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