Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) at University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College - UCAS

Course summary

This programme aims to develop the range of skills and competencies required of practitioners in a health or social care setting, underpinned by broad-based academic knowledge and understanding. The integration of academic and workplace learning will enable you to develop specific technical knowledge, practical experience in the workplace and supporting academic knowledge to enable you to work as an accountable practitioner. This newly designed FdSc Assistant Practioner course is aimed at individuals wanting to work in health and social care, beyond the level of a healthcare support worker, enabling you to have opportunities to progress and develop your career. Working under the leadership and direction of registered clinicians, you will monitor high quality holistic and person-centered care to individuals whilst supporting with the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care and recovery. There is a significant work-based learning element in the programme as defined by the Foundation Degree benchmark statements and assessed in practice modules. As such, applicants must be employed in a relevant setting. Learning occurs in the workplace and draws on your current employment experience. This enables you to gain, develop and demonstrate the additional theoretical, practical and professional knowledge and skills required by an Assistant Practitioner or other health or social care worker, supporting you to deliver enhanced care to your patients. This work-based learning focus ensures that the programme meets the specific development needs of both you as a student and your employer. It will increase your confidence in the workplace, enable you to use your increased knowledge to deliver evidence-based practice, and to develop skills in critical reflection.

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


Year 1 Compulsory Modules: Anatomy and Physiology Clinical Practice 1 Communication for Practice Psychology and Sociology of Health Risk Management Year 2 Compulsory Modules: Clinical Practice 2 Methods of Enquiry Occupational Case Study Principles of Leadership and Management Professional Assessment Professional Development

Assessment method


Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Taunton Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent, including functional skills, is required. Applicants must be employed in a health or care setting for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

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 .

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Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) at University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College - UCAS