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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

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.

  • 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 mentors 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
  • Open to 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


The course starts in September 2017.

The programme lasts typically 24 months.

Qualifications include Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice.

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

Employer-based learning. We take a flexible, work-based approach to teaching and learning, which encourages reflective practice and enables you to learn, develop and reach your potential.

Delivery is based on one day per week in the classroom, with 80% of the time in clinical practice.


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.
  • In 2015, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) report on University of Bedfordshire identified eight areas of good practice in teaching and learning and commended the University for the quality of its learning experience - now a QAA case study.
  • Employers and apprentices are supported by experienced Apprenticeship Co-ordinators, through workplace visits and regular reviews.

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