ApprenticeshipAssistant Practitioner (Health) Apprenticeship
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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Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:
- Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
- Drive an increase in productivity.
- Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
- Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
- Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
- Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
- Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:
- A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
- A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
- A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
- A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
- An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.
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
- Committed to the highest standards of professionalism and nursing care.
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Meet the team
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.
What you'll study
Foundation Skills to Support Practice
As a foundational introduction to higher education, this module provides an opportunity for you to develop skills in academic reading and critical writing. It also provides knowledge, and promotes understanding, of key concepts in health and social care practice such as effective communication and equality in care settings. This knowledge underpins your practice and helps with skills development to enable you to work in a wide range of health and social care settings.
Anatomy and Physiology to Support Practice
You will learn about the biology of the main body systems, focusing on anatomy, physiology and pathology. You will also explore how the body systems interact to maintain homeostasis and gain an understanding of cellular function within the human body.
Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
This module will explore contemporary approaches to public health and examine the historical origins of the discipline in Britain which lie in the 19th century industrial age and the movement of populations from countryside to crowded cities. Public health utilises epidemiological and demographic data, and you will be introduced to the calculation of simple public health measures. Understanding the social determinants of health and the contribution of these to health inequalities entails new ways of thinking about social and economic organisation and governance in Britain. Public health expertise is increasingly important in diverse and complex 21st century societies and this module will help you to develop this expertise and apply it to your workplace role.
Developing Professional Practice
The module will explore accountability within health and social care by examining lessons learned from public inquiries and critical practice incidents.
Developing Practice-based Learning Year 1
This module aims to promote your understanding of the responsibilities, challenges and limitations of your professional role as a healthcare assistant practitioner (HCAP).
Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.
Introduction to Maternity Practice
Introduction to Pathology Practice
Introduction to Therapy Practice
Introduction to Specialist Practice
Successful apprentices will graduate with a:FdSc Health and Social Care Practice
How you'll studyYou will learn through a combination of directed learning, collaborative learning and guided learning. You will also make use of the University's online learning platform Solent Online Learning (SOL).
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- Individual presentations
- Written exams
- Practical exams
- Case studies
- Practical activities
- Reflective accounts
- End-point assessment
Students are assessed through a combination of academic assignments and occupational standards assessments. Coursework assignments can include presentations, essays, exams, case studies, practical assessments, and reflective accounts.
Apprentices area also expected to go through an end-point assessment within three months of completing the course.Find out more
What our apprentices say
"The degree/apprenticeship mix is flexible and fits around your own working schedule. The long weekends at the University are a really good way to learn a lot in a short space of time and keep you thinking and engaged for the full three days. Everyone is very supportive and helpful."
Chris Wilde, European Manager at Eaton Ltd Aerospace Group, Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprentice.
Fees and finance
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 2024/25 programme cost is: £14,000
Apprentices pay nothing towards their course fees
The course fees will be covered by your employer.
Extra course costs
The 2022/23 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:
- 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
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earn while you learn
As an apprentice you'll earn while working and studying towards your degree.
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 is currently £15. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
To study for an apprenticeship, you must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. The specific entry requirements will be agreed with your employer.
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.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship offers a unique blend of work experience and academic study. Candidates on an apprenticeship will work a paid job while simultaneously working towards a relevant qualification in their chosen field.
Apprentices are employees with a contract of employment which offers the same benefits and protections as any other employee. Apprentices will typically work for four days of the week, using the remaining day to attend classes and study.
Higher degree apprenticeships
Solent offers a diverse range of higher and degree apprenticeships, all of which are underpinned with recognised and transferable degree qualifications (BA, BSc, etc).
Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to upskill in their chosen field or retrain for a new career while working.
They offer employers the opportunity to develop their staff - improving productivity, increasing knowledge, and boosting expertise within the workforce.Find out more
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Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.