Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Key information

Award FdSc Assistant Practitioner in Health and Social Care
Duration Typically 18-24 months

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The Assistant Practitioner in Health and Social Care apprenticeship is ideal for support workers in healthcare who are recognised as having the potential to progress in academic study.

This higher level apprenticeship programme has been mapped to National Occupational Standards, including the Care Certificate Framework. It has been developed to ensure that employers can choose profession specific pathways including nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or radiography.

Areas of study

About the apprentice

This course would suit support workers in healthcare who are recognised as having the potential to progress in academic study. Apprentices will have a professional attitude and value base, and will have shown the potential for managing themselves and other staff within challenging situations.

The ideal candidate will be working at least 30 hours a week, and committed to studying above their contracted hours at levels 4 and 5. They will be able to attend university one day per week, or alternatively for weekly blocks of study, supported with extensive work-based learning.

Individuals who successfully complete the Assistant Practitioner Programme will be guaranteed an interview for nursing or allied professions if they wish to progress to BSc (Hons) degree.

Employer and Apprentice of Hillcroft Nursing Home discuss their experiences of the Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care

Further information

How to apply

To apply for the apprenticeship, the employer and the individual must submit a joint application form. Please contact us at apprenticeships@cumbria.ac.uk for the application form and further guidance.

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Entry requirements

Government funding rules require that an apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK, must be in employment, paid at least the legal minimum wage and have a written and signed agreement for the apprenticeship with their employer. The minimum duration periods for an apprenticeship set in each Apprenticeship Standard, is based on an apprentice working a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

Funding for the apprenticeship is provided through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is paid in the following way:

  • Levy paying employers with sufficient funds in their digital account – 100% funding
  • Non Levy payers – 95% ESFA funding, 5% Employer co-funding. 

Individual apprenticeships may have specific entry requirements (qualifications and/or experience): please contact us for more details.

Where will the training be delivered?

At least 20% of the apprentice’s time will be spent undertaking off the job training. The majority of this will be via attendance at the University but some of this time will be via work-based education e.g. instruction on equipment within their work environment or visiting other clinical departments in order to fulfil the professional body curriculum requirements.  The number and frequency of the sessions attended at the University will reduce as the programme progresses.

Teaching and assessment

Work-based learning will be combined with taught university sessions. This will typically be one day a week at the University and four days in clinical placement, or this can be adapted to weekly teaching blocks dependent on the needs of the employer.

Assessment types 

  • Work-based competencies
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Multiple Choice Exams
  • OSCE’s

Apprentices will gain:

  • 120 credits at level 4
  • 120 credits at level 5

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If you have any questions about our apprenticeship programme, get in touch.

Email: apprenticeships@cumbria.ac.uk
Phone (Employers): 01228 888 740
Phone (Apprentices): 0845 606 1144