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Duration:  2 years (full-time), 3 years (part-time)

Graduate with a Foundation Degree (Health & Social Care), as well as an Assistant Practitioner qualification (through skills gained from placement competencies) with this Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship.

About the apprentice

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

Ideally, you will be working at least 30 hours a week, as well as being committed to studying above your contracted hours at levels 4 and 5. You 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 a BSc (Hons) degree. 

About us

The University of Cumbria has a long history in educating healthcare professionals at a range of levels.

We are the largest provider of health professionals in Cumbria and North Lancashire, with an expert team of lecturers committed to providing you with the best grounding for your career in health.

We are aware of employer needs, and committed to supporting you in developing this new and exciting workforce.

Programme Details

What does the apprenticeship cover?

The 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 radiotherapy.

Areas of study:

  • Gain an understanding of health and wellbeing and factors that affect this
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Assessing, planning and being able to deliver and manage high quality care
  • Applied clinical skills
  • Public health including health agendas, inequalities, government policies and clinical guidelines
  • Personal and professional development – incorporating study skills and lifelong learning

How will the apprenticeship be assessed?

The programme is studied over 2 years (full-time) or 3 years (part-time).

Work-based learning will be combined with taught university sessions. This will be one day a week in university and 4 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

You will gain:

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

Where will the training be delivered?

The work-based competencies will be met within your current area of work. The university sessions can be delivered from our campuses in Carlisle, Lancaster, Workington (Energus), Barrow or, by negotiation, in the workplace.

What are the entry requirements?

You need to be working in a health or social care setting, with the full support of your employer/line manager.

Ideally, you will have a qualification in English and Maths to GCSE levels A to C or Functional Skills Level 2, or be willing to work towards these within the first 9 to 12 months of commencing the programme.

By the end of the programme, and to become an Assistant Practitioner, apprentices must have achieved Level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above). Support will be available to help you achieve these qualifications.

Further information

For apprentices

Further information can be gained by contacting our Health Admissions team by email on healthadmissions@cumbria.ac.uk or calling the Enquiry Centre on 0845 606 1144.


For employers

Employers who seek to develop their healthcare staff through the Assistant Practitioner Programme should contact our Employer Engagement Manager, Ewan Pullan.

Phone: +44 (0)1228 888733 or +44 (0)7801 340433
Email: ewan.pullan@cumbria.ac.uk