University Centre Weston

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol

Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) (HTQ)

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Course summary

This Foundation Degree is balanced between theory and practice and is taught by an experienced team with backgrounds in nursing and social care. This course has been designed with employers in the sector to help their staff respond to challenges in the years ahead. The course is mapped to a Higher Apprenticeship standard and aims to bring those already employed in a suitable setting up to the standard required to work as band 4 Assistant Practitioners, who play a vital role in delivering support and clinical practice in both nursing and allied health areas. In addition to your weekly classroom-based study of your foundation degree modules, you will develop your practice through work-based learning, with a particular focus on the values and behaviours expected of Assistant Practitioners, which include compassion and commitment. Course Content You will develop your professional practice through work-based learning, with a particular focus on the values and behaviours expected of Assistant Practitioners, which include compassion and commitment. You will study one day a week in the classroom, as well as developing your skills and behaviours within the workplace. The subjects that you will cover include anatomy and physiology, psychology and sociology, leadership and management, risk management as well as undertaking professional practice modules based over a two-year period. You will be assessed via a variety of techniques including presentations, essays and professional discussions. The course is taught in the University Centre in our Winter Gardens Campus and sessions will occasionally also take place in our new Health and Active Living Skills Centre at Loxton Campus. Course Structure All of the modules on this course are compulsory. Successful completion of all of the modules in the first year is worth 120 credits at Level 4 and equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education. Successful completion of the second year is also worth 120 credits and will lead to the award of the Level 5 Foundation Degree Year 1 Module Title Anatomy and Physiology Clinical Practice 1 Communication for Practice Psychology and Sociology of Health Risk Management Year 2 Module Title Clinical Practice 2 Methods of Enquiry Occupational Case Study Principles of Leadership and Management Professional Assessment Professional Development Teaching and Learning This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, skills practice, presentations, case studies, group workshops and work-based practice. UCW’s Higher Education academic development team also deliver a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students. When not in scheduled lecturers and seminars, students are expected to continue learning through independent self-study. This involves reading relevant literature, working on individual and group projects, and undertaking research in preparation for coursework and exams.

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

Assessment method

Assessment is via a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework.

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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

A related Level 3 qualification, or a related Advanced Apprenticeship, or equivalent. Applicants will also need Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8900 Year 1
Scotland £8900 Year 1
Wales £8900 Year 1
Channel Islands £8900 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8900 Year 1
EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) (HTQ) at University Centre Weston - UCAS