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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner


The Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with our college partners and a number of NHS partners, private healthcare providers and voluntary sector organisations.

The apprenticeship is suitable for

  • new recruits (e.g. school leavers entering into the sector)
  • developing existing or aspiring assistant or support workers in health, social or community care, who do not have a relevant degree.

The apprenticeship is designed to attract and develop band 2 and 3 workers into band 4 roles. It develops the skills and learning required by a wide range of assistant practitioners to provide patient care in a range of primary and secondary care settings and is delivered by our college partners in Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, and Stockport.

The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard, providing an alternative to graduate recruitment and the opportunity to ‘grow your own’ talent. It includes a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist education, which allows health and social care employees to complete both the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship and the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care.

If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

Course length and entry requirements

The apprenticeship is usually delivered over two years. However, every apprentice is different and it will depend on their previous experience.

Participants typically attend college one day per week, depending on the college attended. The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars and work-based learning facilitated through self-study and reflective practice.

The end-point assessment includes a multiple choice and short answer test, an observation of practice undertaken in the workplace and an interview based on a reflective journal completed by the apprentice.

Eligible candidates will meet the following entry requirements

  • GCSE English language or English literature and mathematics at Grade C or above – or equivalents such as
  • Plus one of the following
    • 48 UCAS points. We accept general studies.
    • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course

Benefits for your business

  • Connect with a leading university committed to working with service partners to meet the needs of the local and national health and social care sectors.
  • Develop and invest in staff who have achieved a level of responsibility and wish to enhance their capabilities and upskill for new roles.
  • More than a third of the programme involves practical, work-based activity and assignments that add tangible value to the organisation.

See more benefits for your business

Learn more

Find out more about how higher and degree apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.  

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