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.

Cost: £12,000



  • 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)
  • One of 21 Business Schools awarded the Bronze Award for start-up and business growth advice (Small Business Charter)
  • 8th in the country in the University Green League (People and Planet 2021)
  • Eco Campus Platinum award (2022)
  • 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.