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FdSc Assistant Practitioner – Degree Apprenticeship

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Key Information

Start date:September 2019

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:

Duration:2 years

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£??

Entry Requirements

Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy. The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism, which is consistent with the NHS values ie working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.

Admissions decisions will be based on the following standard criteria:

UCAS Tariff Points: 72 – 80
BTEC: Merit, Pass, Pass
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 72 – 80 points
GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 and above or FS2 or KS3

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is the identification and formal acknowledgement of an individual student’s prior learning in order to gain credit towards a specified University award. It may be certificated (from another institution/awarding body) or experiential (drawn from life/work experience).
The course team are available to advise and assist with any APL application.

The accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) is based on the identification, assessment and formal acknowledgement of prior learning and achievement, where learning is achieved outside education or training systems is recognised for academic purposes. The student can make an application to apply credit from prior learning to a University course through the Admissions Office when applying for that course.

Where a candidate is able to demonstrate substantial experiential learning, from their involvement in the Health and Social Care sector, this can be supported by their employer, this will be considered
Where a candidate does not have experience, appropriate work at level 3: E.G.1/2 AS or A’ levels, Access HE, BTEC national diploma, will be required.

Recruitment ties with organisational requirements, for example, some organisations will specify NVQ level 3 or equivalent

Minimum service experience requirements:

There is no standard around minimum service, however, some experience will be viewed in a favourable manner (see above); this will be examined in connection with the supporting organisation
HEI recommendation is that some time/ induction into local service will be beneficial.

Non-standard entry route:

Due to widening Participation/ access, accreditation of prior experiential learning will be given full consideration; this will be measured with in-put from employing organisations / references/ application and interview process.

Proof of CRB clearance will be confirmed by the supporting organisation.

Other Guidance:

There is a need to be employed within the Health and Social Care sector. The candidates should be working 23 hours/week in addition to the University day.

Applications and interviews will establish suitability, also possible diagnostic testing. This will be undertaken in partnership with employing organisations and in response to them. Applicants whose first language is not English will need to have achieved an overall IELTS of 6.


On successful completion of the course, you will receive the FdSc (Hons) Assistant Practitioner (Degree Apprenticeship) from the University of Central Lancashire. The programme will equip you to create a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge, skills and competencies as applied in your workplace.

This University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) vocational degree programme is designed to allow you to enhance your employability skills and progress your career prospects, by combining academic study with practical work experience.

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

A Degree Apprenticeship is a degree you study for while working as an apprentice with an employer and is paid for by your employer and the Government. The course and the apprenticeship are designed to a national standard for a particular job role and often come with professional qualifications and accreditation.

Why study this degree apprenticeship course?

You will study core modules on a part-time basis and be able to put the theory into practice through work-based projects. The assessments will be agreed with the employer, to ensure that the course is fully integrated within the workplace and benefits both the employer and the apprentice. All UCLan degree apprenticeships fully meet all the standards outlined by the Government.

What does the course lead to?

The Assistant Practitioner is a new role in health and social care created to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered practitioners, e.g. nurses, therapists. Applicants will already be working within an NHS health or social care setting and will study modules relating to their area of work in order to develop additional skills and competences and the knowledge that underpins these.

Progression to further study is also possible and you may be interested in our BSc Health and Social Care Top-up programme.

What qualification do I receive at the end of the course?

On successful completion of the course, you will receive the FdSc (Hons) Assistant Practitioner (Degree Apprenticeship) from the University of Central Lancashire. The programme will equip you to create a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge, skills and competencies as applied in your workplace.

The programme includes academic and work-based modules designed to cover a range of skills and knowledge required by support staff working in health and social care. The programme structure includes core modules as well as specialist modules. The work-based modules are designed to allow you to apply your learning to your work context and your individual learning needs.

The course encompasses several themes that are important to anyone working in health and social care settings. These themes include communication skills, anatomy and physiology, health promotion, health psychology, inter-professional working, equality and diversity, service user involvement and lifelong learning.

You will require a mentor in practice who can support you to develop the skills required for your role and sign you off as competent as those skills are achieved. You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence of your work-based learning during the two years of the course and will have a nominated Work Based Education Facilitator to support you and your mentor with this.

Course Content - Year 1

Study Skills and Lifelong Learning
Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
Foundations for Practice
Communication and Collaboration in Health and Social Care

Plus one of the following optional modules:

Introduction to Long-term Conditions and End of Life Care
Mental Health across the Lifespan
Introduction to Unscheduled and Acute Care
Partnership in practice 1

Course Content - Year 2

Evidence Based Practice
Developing Practice
Health Promotion
Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care

Plus one of the following optional modules:

Physiological Responses to Health and Illness
Rehabilitation Practice
Management of Long-term Conditions across the Lifespan
Partnership in Practice 2

Course delivery

The course will be delivered on a part-time blended learning approach with day-release usually 1 day per week from the work place. Students will be expected to attend during UCO’s teaching weeks in:

Semester 1 (September to January)
Semester 2 (January – May)
Semester 3 (June – August) – Students continue with work-based learning.

How to Apply

The first step is to apply direct to an employer offering an apprenticeship position or approach an employer with the course information and ask if they are interested in the scheme. If you are already in employment then talk to your employer about the course and how your company can utilise the Apprenticeship Levy to join it.

Your employer or potential employer should then contact ?? to begin the process of drawing up a contract and welcoming you to UCO.

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