Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Employment/Study IoT Course


The cost of an apprenticeship programme is funded by the employer and/or through government funding. Apprentices do not financially contribute towards the cost of their training.

An apprenticeship for individuals employed within the Health and Social care sector looking to upskill and train to become a qualified Healthcare Assistant Practitioner. The apprentice will be providing, supervising and co-ordinating high-quality and compassionate Health and Social Care for various people. Apprentices will achieve a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.

The modules studied are:

Year 1
Study Skills for Foundation Degrees
A basic module that introduces and reinforces the study skills required to successfully complete all components of the foundation degree in Health and Social Care including team work, presentation skills and academic writing. Models of reflective practice will be introduced for you to use when compiling your Work-Based Learning Portfolio.
Work-Based Learning 1 – Fundamentals of Care
This is the first of four double WBL modules that are taken in your own workplace. It encourages you to examine your care practice, to begin to embed your practice in theory and to engage in any new role requirements you might have. It is the first module that indicates the individual pathway you may take with the foundation degree in Health and Social Care.
Bioscience, Growth and Development
An underpinning of knowledge for safe and effective delivery of care regardless of setting. This module introduces and reinforces an understanding of the major physiological systems, their normal workings and frequently encountered potential abnormalities that may occur for those requiring health or social care. This module also covers the lifespan development and growth from Birth, through Child Development and the ageing process to end of life care.
Public Health and Wellbeing
This module introduces the learners to Public Health and Health Education including strategies for wellbeing and lifestyle changes to be made in practice Students will explore strategies for promoting health and lifestyle changes with clients including motivational interviewing, and the impact of wider Health campaigns.
Work Based Learning 2 – Assessment of Care
The second of four double WBL modules that build on previous learning and practice. It encourages you to consider specific aspects of health and social care needs and how to deliver them in practice. It allows you, under the guidance of your employer, to gain and demonstrate new role-specific skills.
Applied Social Science for Health Care Professionals
This is a module providing an introduction to a study of major psychological and social influences on human behaviour in the context of health and social care. The module aims to enable students to link behaviour, and the development of self, both psychologically and socially, to an understanding of health, health behaviour and aspects of health and social care delivery.

Year 2
Social Policy and Welfare Systems
An advanced module that builds on elements of the Year 1 basic module Applied Social Science and the WBL modules. It equips you with knowledge and understanding of local and national policies which influence the delivery of health and social care. It allows you to appraise and evaluate the place of policies on the overall promotion of wellbeing for the community.
Embedding Quality in Care Delivery
This module aims to ensure students can consider more complex care and examine the more complex situations they will encounter as a practitioner. The main focus is around maintaining quality care delivery that will need to be flexible to ensure the needs of a diverse population are met.
Work Based Learning 3 – Complex Care Delivery
an advanced, level 5, WBL module building on the previous theory modules and WBL modules. It will aid further identification of role-specific skills for the student. The module builds on and makes use of previous learning and concurrent learning in other modules.
Applying Evidence to Practice
An advanced theory module which re-affirms the principle of basing decisions about the planning and delivery of care on available, suitable evidence. It will allow you to explore critically the evidence base of one aspect of care delivery in your own practice area.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care
This module provides an exploration of the complexities of legal and ethical aspects around the delivery of care in various settings and professional accountability through codes of conduct.
Work Based Learning 4 – Management of Care Delivery
This is the final Work Based Learning module, which consolidates all your previous learning; it will enable you to link the application of theory to practice. It runs through into a third semester allowing you the opportunity to complete your portfolio and demonstrate all the designated competencies for your development. Within this module, you are expected to be a more independent, self-directed learner who can identify and fulfil their own learning needs and objectives. 

Entry Requirements

Apprentices must be employed within a relevant job role to undertake the programme. Employers will set entry criteria for their apprenticeship vacancies. If you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths or equivalent you will be required to study functional skills in these areas as part of your apprenticeship. Care certificate also needed to enter gateway.

Assessment/Exam Information

Apprentices will be required to undertake an End Point Assessment which will consist of a multiple choice test, an observation of practice, a reflective journal and interview.

What can I do next?

Higher level employment opportunities and or management qualifications. 


If you have any questions or queries relating to apprenticeships, please contact the apprenticeship team Apprenticeships@swindon.ac.uk