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FdScHealth and Social Care (Health Care Assistant Practitioner)

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UCAS code: HSC1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a health and social care (health care assistant practitioner) degree at Solent

Working as part of the wider health and social care team, healthcare assistant practitioners provide care for service users within the healthcare industry.

  • 0%
    nursing graduates in high-skilled employment or further study 15 months after graduating (HESA 2023)
  • 0th
    university in the UK for low carbon emissions (THE 2023)
  • £0m
    investment in our campus and state-of-the-art facilities
  • Students learn from a variety of different skilled and experienced lecturers with a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise including acute and community practitioners.
  • Students have access to state of the art technology and teaching spaces, including the nursing suite and human health lab.
  • - You will undertake real world learning on your practice placement working in a real health and social care team and caring for real patients.

Course overview

You will learn about the role of the healthcare assistant practitioner in a range of different health and social care settings and develop a highly-valued professional skill set that can be applied on practice placements, and in your eventual health and social care workplace. 

Further your career and understanding of healthcare related topics such as communication, anatomy and physiology and public health.

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.

Any questions?

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Course features

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Built-in work experience placement

    As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for someone looking to start or further develop their career in healthcare, who does not want to train in a regulated health profession.

What does this course lead to?

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.

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.


We have a dedicated clinical skills suite with a six bed ward, GP consulting room, nurse’s treatment room, waiting area/break out space, care home bedroom and working kitchen and bathroom. There is a wide range of clinical equipment including simulation manikins to facilitate a number of simulated scenarios.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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