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FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

Higher apprenticeship

Medical professional on hospital wardGain a foundation degree while working in a relevant health, social or community care role, helping you to advance your career in primary or secondary care.

How does the higher apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next course start date is September 2021

The course normally takes 2 years part-time, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within 6 months.

1. Course summary

  • Gain health and social care knowledge and apply your learning in the workplace.
  • Use new technologies to undertake screening, diagnosis and care responsibilities.
  • Develop the skills and competencies you need for band 3 and 4 roles.

The apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with our college partners and a number of hospital trusts, private healthcare providers and voluntary sector organisations. The course is suitable for new recruits to the industry and school leavers – as well as for existing assistant and support workers in health, social or community care, who don’t yet have a relevant degree.

2. How you learn

Your experience in the workplace feeds into a number of the modules you study, and you’ll be able to apply the new theories you learn in your workplace. Assessments will test the attributes you need in the workplace, enabling you to make the most of academic learning and on-the-job training.

You learn through

  • typically one day a week at college
  • work-based learning
  • assessments of practice
  • reflective portfolios
  • written assignments
  • literature reviews
  • presentations
  • an endpoint assessment

3. Where you'll study

You'll study at one of our partner colleges in Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and Stockport.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

The usual entry requirements include GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English at Grade C, 4 or above – plus one of the following

  • 48 UCAS points (we accept General Studies)
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course

You’ll need to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate, and the ability to • develop meaningful relationships with service users and carers • study academic subjects at degree level • debate topics and issues • draw on conclusions from written material • study independently as well as in a group • use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods • successfully complete a range of assignments, including researched essays and practical exams.

5. Modules

Modules • reflective and personal development skills • essential sciences for person-centred care • integrated holistic assessment, delivery and implementation of health and social care interventions • foundations of effective collaborative practice • promoting health, wellbeing and independence • using and evaluating evidence to inform practice • leadership and management

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, you and your employer would apply to one of our partner colleges in Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and Stockport.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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