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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

The Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship with Foundation Degree Professional Practice in Health and Social Care has been developed by Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration with our college partners and health care providers.

This exciting development has taken place in a period of significant change in health and social care, and the course provides a practical solution to a number of demands and drivers.

The College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University has a wealth of experience in designing, delivering and assuring the quality of education, CPD and bespoke courses across the health and social care disciplines.

The foundation degree and the apprenticeship include a combination of work-based learning 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.

As well as mapping to the Higher Apprenticeship Standard for Healthcare Assistant Practitioner (PDF), the care content is aligned to the Care Certificate Standards (PDF).

The course is designed to attract and develop band 1 and 2 workers into band 3 and 4 roles. It develops the skills and learning required by a wide range of assistant practitioners to provide patient care across primary and secondary care settings in nursing and allied health professions.

Further information

For more information download the full programme outline (PDF, 1.52 MB) or contact our apprenticeships team by calling 0114 225 5000 or emailing

You can also find more information about funding and incentives for higher and degree apprenticeships on our funding page.

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