Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

About the Course

Our Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship addresses the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed for a range of healthcare roles.

The programme includes the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice.

Designed to be relevant, practical and challenging, to develop:

  • Programme designed in partnership with local employers and service users to offer practice-led and competency-based training
  • Integrates the theory of healthcare practice with work-based learning, using your staff who are trained as practice educators and assessors to support the apprentices

Who is it for?

  • This apprenticeship is designed for employers wishing to upskill healthcare workers currently working in an assistant capacity in a range of healthcare settings, for example in adult, mental health or children’s nursing, midwifery, or operating department practice
  • Open to graduates if their degree does not include in-depth study of healthcare practice
  • Those progressing from a lower-level apprenticeship

How the programme is delivered

The apprenticeship values practice based learning and recognises the value of life experiences as a learning resource. Training will build upon practice experiences by offering a range of learning opportunities where practice can be further developed.

  • Apprenticeship will embark on a journey of active, independent learning with appropriate support from academic and clinical staff
  • The knowledge and skills acquired will equip staff to promote health in a diverse and changing society, through a range of caring interactions
  • The programme will foster development of reflective, compassionate healthcare practitioners, able to promote safe and effective care within a multi- disciplinary context
  • The experiences gained on the programme will help staff to provide and maintain healthcare of the highest quality

Topics Covered

Year 1

  • Introduction to Study Skills
  • Person-Centred Care
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Project Preparation
  • Foundations in Values-based Practice

Year 2

  • Embedding NHS Values in Practice
  • Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Health Care Policy and Quality
  • Enhancing Care in Practice

Duration of course is typically 24 months.

Qualifications include Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice.

English and Maths to Level 2 are included if not held at entry.


Why University of Bedfordshire?

  • Campuses in Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
  • We place strong emphasis on practical and professional skills alongside high quality education and training. Many of our programmes successfully combine employment with professional studies.
  • Employers and apprentices are supported by experienced Apprenticeship Co-ordinators, through workplace visits and regular reviews.
  • TEF Silver – Proud to achieve Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Commended by the QAA for the high quality and standards of our higher education provision (QAA 2015)
  • Top 250 University under 50 years old (THE 2020)
  • 8th in the country in the University Green League (People and Planet 2019)
  • Eco Campus Platinum award (2020)
  • Continued investment in facilities for our students. Most significantly we opened a £40m STEM building at our Luton campus in 2019.
  • Our apprenticeship programmes can be configured to suit employers’ specific needs.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out about how we can help your organisation benefit from higher and degree apprenticeships call us on 0800 328 5334 or email apprenticeships@beds.ac.uk