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Train to work closely with patients alongside qualified healthcare professionals.
Study a programme that has been written in partnership with professionals to offer specialist pathways aligned to registered professions and employment.
Three A-levels at grades DDD or above
BTEC National Diploma or QCF Extended Diploma.
T level P (C+ in core elements)
GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) grade C/4.
Equivalent qualifications may be considered, including workplace delivered NVQs.
DBS check and occupational health check.
UCAS points 72 – 120
UCAS code FAP1
UCAS institution code P63
Duration 2 years full time, up to 4 years part-time.
Assistant Practitioners work alongside registered health professionals using their skills and experience in a particular area of clinical practice.
They work in almost any area of the NHS, and have direct contact with patients, service users or clients providing high quality, focused and compassionate care. As part of the programme, you can choose specialist pathways aligned to roles across the health and care sector. The programmes offers an inter-professional learning experience, meaning you will learn from and across different professional roles giving you a holistic view of the patient experience.
Key focus on Practice Learning which reflects the required skills of an Assistant Practitioner within their specialist setting.
The programme reflects a range of specialist health and social care roles, designed in partnership with local employers and will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of today’s healthcare system.
Assessments across the programme reflect the skills aligned to specific roles and employment opportunities.
Diverse teaching team with multiple clinical backgrounds bringing real-life experience to teaching.
Having an occupational specific role that has been developed to assist organisations to deliver high quality, patient-centred care in a specialist setting.
Those searching for a non-traditional career pathway to a route to registered professional roles such as a nurse, physiotherapist, or healthcare science practitioner.
How to deliver and manage planned care.
“ The course is intended to prepare students to become independent practitioners specialising in their specialist chosen pathway. The programme has been designed in collaboration with employers and service users, combining study that is university-based alongside learning in the workplace. Work-based learning is adopted throughout the programme to ensure that a seamless connection is made by the students about how new knowledge attained from the programme can be utilised into their practice.”
On successful completion, graduates are eligible to apply for roles as an Assistant Practitioner (NHS Band 4). You could work in hospitals, clinics or in the community such as in GP surgeries, or visiting patients in their home. You may also choose to progress to a full degree in Nursing or other Allied Health Professions.
Students will be taught for 15 hours per week, 1 day per week on campus in lectures, seminars and clinical skills workshops and simulations, and 1 day through guided virtual activity. Students will spend the remaining 22 hours/3 days in clinical practice.
Assessment is planned across the programme, with a specific emphasis on learning and assessment in authentic practice learning environments, enabling trainee assistant practitioners to develop the skills needed for future employment as a Assistant Practitioner and the academic skills of higher education
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Claire is our Healthcare Education Strategic Advisor, responsible for working closely with the NHS and other health partners to develop our health programmes.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum for FdSc or £12,000 for Higher Level Apprenticeship
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well as associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course. For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. Employers themselves pay the apprentice's wages. For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees, please check with us for further details. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check (Annual Update Service or dated within 6 months of the start of the course) Evidence that an occupational health declaration has been completed prior to starting the programme. Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date
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From 1 April 2022, COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of deployment for all frontline health and social care workers. All students on this course will be required to show evidence of being vaccinated or have an NHS COVID-19 Pass confirming that they are medically exempt before being allocated clinical placements. Clinical placements make up 50% of the course requirements and vaccination is already a requirement in social care settings. When applying for this course please be aware that if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or don't have an NHS COVID-19 Pass confirming a medical exemption you may not be able to complete the course or we may be unable to accept your application for enrolment. Specialist modules include Community and District Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Mental Health, Physiotherapy, Integrated Therapies, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Health.
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