Assistant Practitioner Health and Social Care at DN Colleges Group - UCAS

DN Colleges Group

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

Assistant Practitioner Health and Social Care

Course summary

Assistant Practitioner Health and Social Care is a Foundation Degree and designed for adults wanting to progress towards a professional degree within the health and social care sector. It has been designed in response to the rapidly changing workforce demands and policy initiatives aimed at modernising services and improving quality, productivity, and efficiency. It covers both the academic and work-based competencies that are relevant to a multitude of roles within health and social care settings. The Foundation Degree provides a principal route for the training and education of Assistant Practitioners. NHS Employers (2015) identified the Assistant Practitioner as non-occupational specific role that has developed to assist organisations to deliver high quality and patient centred services in a variety of settings. An Assistant Practitioner is a worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They are non-registered practitioners who have the required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of traditional healthcare assistant or support workers and expected to undertake more complex tasks (Skills for Health, 2009). The programme is a recognised progression route onto the following Sheffield Hallam pre-registration courses: Adult Nursing, Diagnostic Radiography, Operating Department Practitioner, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. This course prepares you for a rewarding career the management of health, care, and other related services. Through a comprehensive curriculum, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in this field. From administration to management, you will be equipped to lead and make a positive impact on the well-being of individuals and communities. With a focus on healthcare systems, ethics, and effective leadership, this programme paves the way for a fulfilling and impactful career.


Year One - Level 4 Transition to Higher Education - 20 credits (Semester A) Essential Science - 40 credits (Semester A and B) Integrated Holistic Assessment and Development - 20 credits (Semester B) Work Based Learning One - 40 credits (Semester A and B) Year Two - Level 5 Using and Evaluating Evidence to Inform Practice - 20 credits (Semester A) Promoting Health Wellbeing and Independence - 40 credits (Semester A and B) Leadership and Management - 20 credits (Semester B) Work Based Learning Two - 40 credits (Semester A and B) There will be 250 workplace hours to complete over the duration of programme.

Assessment method

The primary way of delivering this course is on campus. On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures and one to one discussion with your tutor. Students will receive 6 hours of teaching per week throughout this course. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support. You will be assessed through a range of methods including written assignments, reflections, practice documents and presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics at grade 4 /D or above or equivalents (please see below): - GCSE English and Maths equivalents: - Level 2 Adult Numeracy/Literacy - Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number - Equivalency test from We also welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria. We would expect to see evidence of competency to pursue the course successfully. You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carer.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7940 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7940 Year 1
Scotland £7940 Year 1
Wales £7940 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

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment) There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example: • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies) • Printing and photocopying • Trips and enhancement opportunities As the course includes a work placement, you will be required to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Assistant Practitioner Health and Social Care at DN Colleges Group - UCAS