Assistant Practitioner - Health at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS

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Course summary

Be part of a team of health professionals empowered to deliver high-quality patient-centred care. Develop or extend your skills to become an Assistant Practitioner within our local area and earn your FdSc degree! Are you interested in a healthcare career and being able to stay local? If so, the Assistant Practitioner Health Foundation Degree programme may be for you. Local employers in health care need a flexible, critically aware, and highly trained workforce who can adapt to an ever-changing sector. This programme has been developed with local employers to provide them with skilled practitioners who have had learning opportunities within simulated and real-world health environments in different settings, to develop essential skills, knowledge, and behaviours through the theoretical and competency-based course of study. Assistant practitioners work across the NHS in many different settings, sometimes alone and under the direct supervision of health professionals such as nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, dieticians, and more. They work as part of a wider team within healthcare settings and have direct contact with patients, service users, and clients in hospitals and the community. As such, this programme will embed person-centred beliefs and allow students to explore the different care needs of individuals and become reflective practitioners. This will be achieved by completing theoretical and competency-based learning and 750 hours (approximately 20 weeks) of required placement hours over the two years within the local healthcare industry. Once qualified and employed you will carry out agreed procedures, referring to a professional for guidance when necessary, and may mentor healthcare assistants, trainee assistant practitioners, and student nurses. You will need to show the values and behaviours of the NHS, knowledge of physical and mental health and illness prevention, as well as more advanced knowledge, depending on your care setting. Students will be taught up-to-date evidence-based practice and guidelines to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide exemplary care. Students will have access to two ward areas that have specialist equipment such as interactive manikins, moving and handling equipment, equipment to check vital signs, artificial wounds, artificial skin for injections and much more. All elements of practice will be underpinned by theory and research, and students will be encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills and become reflective practitioners. As such, students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deliver quality healthcare.   Assistant practitioners need to be:

  • caring and kind
  • confident with using lifting equipment
  • willing to be hands-on with patients
  • able to follow instructions and procedures
  • able to work in a team but use their own initiative
  • able to explain procedures to patients
  • careful and methodical
You will also need effective:
  • communication skills, including listening
  • organisational and observational skills
The assistant practitioner qualification is also a gateway to further training at Level 5 or 6 to become a registered healthcare professional such as nursing, paramedic, radiography, and more.

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers. Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications.


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Assessment method

Assessment methods consist of essays, reports, case studies, reflections, group and individual presentations, practical skills demonstrations and Continual Assessment of Practice documents.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Standard offer  Applicants will require 80 UCAS points, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C/4. This must be achieved prior to the start of the course. Non-standard offer  Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses). An applicant must be able to demonstrate recent work/experience in the relevant sector which would give them skills and knowledge comparable to applicants with Level 3 qualifications. Consideration will be given to those applicants with relevant experience within the health and care sector. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work of a 1500-word essay and a judgement made considering their academic potential and relevant experience and motivation.  Students will still be required to have GCSE/level 2 Maths and English pass grade C/4 or above.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

This programme involves regular contact with vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity, and as such an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required prior to enrolment to enable the student to go into placement. The cost of the undertaking is the responsibility of the students, and the outcome of the DBS will be considered on an individual basis.

Health checks

As this course includes mandatory patient-facing placements in health or social care settings, you will need to comply with the placement policy or Government vaccination rules for those settings. This includes any changes to these rules announced at a future date. Failure to comply with any vaccination requirements could see the placement withdrawn, and this may result in your withdrawal from the course. You should be aware that future employment in this sector may also be subject to vaccination requirements. You must also complete a course of Hepatitis B vaccination and complete an Occupation Health screening at your own cost.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-108 per week.
Assistant Practitioner - Health at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS