Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Foundation Degree

This two-year, foundation degree will provide you with required skills and behaviours. You will gain the training and experience needed to be proficient in the day-to-day role of an assistant practitioner including assisting in patient assessment, coordinating care, carrying out referrals and undertaking clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for the local population and care services. This course will guide and enhance your knowledge of this role and the requirements outlined by the occupational standards.

HTQ – Become a Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
This foundation degree is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ). This means it will give you the technical skills and training to move into a Healthcare Assistant Practitioner role.

By enrolling on this programme, you will be helping to address a growing need for care workers and practitioners within the NHS. The course offers a clinical and therapeutic focus, including applied practice and a theoretical underpinning in accordance with occupational standards governed by the NHS, Skills for Health and Health Education England. As such, you will participate in class-based learning and an extensive work placement (460 hours).

You will develop all the skills and capabilities required to be a competent practitioner and gain the confidence to administer high-quality care. Assistant practitioners must have personal qualities such as kindness and empathy and this course is ideal for anyone who is conscientious and possesses effective observational, communication, problem-solving and methodical skills. You will need to be able to follow complex instructions and procedures. 

You will be provided realistic practice for developing your proficiency in patient care, through consistent simulation scenarios throughout the programme. You will be able to learn through trial and error, allowing you to make and correct your clinical errors without adverse consequence and so improving your capabilities to ensure you are ready for the workplace.

Our pre-programmed manikins are designed to train you in the care and management of a variety of patients providing you with deliberate clinical training. When a manikin is perceived as a patient, it provides you with a realistic experience of what it means to behave like a healthcare professional. Consequently, this realism allows you to practice and acquire relational, communicative, and collaborative skills. The experience of learning using a manikin can facilitate the development of your professional identity.

The programme is designed for students who have some healthcare experience and a healthcare qualification (usually at level 3, such as the NCFE CACHE Diploma in Healthcare Support).

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

Luminate Education Group

Higher technical qualification

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£7,950 Full Time (per academic year) - For home students commencing study in 2023

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University Centre and Keighley College

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Start Date

18th September 2023

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2 years full-time

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Course Code

University Centre Leeds campus code: 1
Keighley College campus code: K

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Over the course of the two year programme, you will study the following modules:

Year 1 (Level 4): 120 credits 

Academic Research and Study Skills (20 credits) 

Gain the transferable skills required for undergraduate study and professional practice.  

Fundamentals of Health and the Human Body (20 credits)

Explore the concepts of health (both negative and positive aspects) and health promotion. 

Communication and Interpersonal Skills (20 credits) 

Develop communication and interpersonal skills in preparation for your role as an assistant practitioner in healthcare. 

Clinical and Therapeutic Interventions in Healthcare (20 credits) 

Investigate aspects of clinical practice, learning how to recognise signs and symptoms of pain and distress in service users and recommend appropriate actions. The module will focus on clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to promote health and wellbeing. 

Developing Professional Practice (including care planning) – Work Placement (40 credits) 

Develop workforce skills and understand the principles that are required for not only this particular role, but within the sector. The module will cultivate class-based theoretical knowledge and facilitate the application of this to professional practice in the workplace.  

Year 2 (Level 5): 120 credits 

Nutrition and Health (20 credits) 

Focus on the role of nutrition in relation to body function and the impact nutrition has on wellbeing throughout all life stages.

Researching in Healthcare (20 credits) 

Undertake research that focuses on an aspect of healthcare. Throughout this module you will explore and review data, draw upon findings and make recommendations for change. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing for Care (20 credits) 

Get an opportunity to investigate the history, importance and impact of mental health and wellbeing in individuals, whilst developing an awareness of professional practice in alignment with current workforce requirements.  

Legal Aspects of Healthcare (20 credits) 

Explore contemporary legal aspects of healthcare and the role of the healthcare professional in complying with these.  

Continuing Professional Practice in Healthcare – Work Placement (40 credits) 

Build upon the level 4 Developing Professional Practice module. Throughout this module, you will learn to critically reflect upon the professional skills required of an Assistant Practitioner and develop autonomy and independence to carry out this role effectively.