Funding information: Please contact the college for funding information.
Duration: Option One: A one year level 4 Certificate in HE Professional Practice in Health and Social Care. Option Two: A two year Foundation Degree, Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care). Start date: September.
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

In healthcare settings, there is a recognised need for individuals with a higher level of training and skills than healthcare assistants but not as extensive as registered nurses or allied health professionals.

The scope of practice for Assistant Practitioners varies depending on the clinical setting and specific training, but they often perform tasks such as wound care, taking vital signs, administering medications, and assisting with diagnostic procedures. They help healthcare systems by increasing the availability of skilled staff to provide patient care, thereby alleviating some of the workforce pressures.

The Assistant Practitioner role can serve as a stepping stone for individuals who wish to pursue further education and training to become fully qualified healthcare professionals, such as nurses, or allied health practitioners.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

HTQ summary

  • Gain health and social care knowledge and apply your learning in the workplace.
  • Use new technologies to undertake screening, diagnosis and care responsibilities.
  • Develop the skills and competencies you need for NHS band 3 and 4 roles.

Course Content

The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars, practical work and site visits.

Throughout the course, you will study:

Year 1

  • Transition to Higher Education
  • Essential sciences for person-centred care
  • Integrated holistic assessment, delivery and implementation of health and social care interventions
  • Work-based learning 1

Year 2

  • Promoting health, wellbeing and independence
  • Leadership and management
  • Work-based learning 2
  • End-point assessment

You will progress through the course following successful achievement of assessments, which address the learning outcomes for each module and allow you to complete the course.

Assessments will test the attributes you need in the workplace, enabling you to make the most of academic learning and on-the-job training.

This course prepares you for a career as an Assistant Practitioner in health and social care.

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Combined Rehabilitation
  • Dietetics
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Therapeutic Radiography
  • Adult Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Children’s nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedicine
  • Health care management
  • Teaching
  • As well as many other health care roles!

Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 3 qualification, English and Math (grade C/4 or above at GCSE or Level 2 equivalent). The course is also suitable for new recruits to the industry, as well as for existing assistant and support workers in health, social or community care who don’t yet have a relevant qualification. This course meets the Assistant Practitioner (Health) apprenticeship standard.

Assessment Methods

  • The course includes a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist education. You will learn through: class based teaching on campus
  • work-based learning
  • assessments of practice
  • reflective portfolios
  • written assignments
  • literature reviews and presentations.


You will become qualified to level 4 or 5 (1 or 2 years of study).

Upon successful completion, there are many options for progression and employment. Here are some of the main options available:

  • Completion of the first year level 4 enables application to progress to year 1 of a full degree.
  • On completion of level 5 you will be suitably prepared for direct entry to the second year of a degree in Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Paramedic Practice, Physiotherapy or Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Or after level 5, this course has a top up degree at level 6 which prepares graduates for managerial roles in health and social care or acts as a stepping stone to MSc Registration health and social care courses or teaching roles.