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Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

Whilst you may start an apprenticeship at any time, the course will start in September. The Apprenticeship will take two years to complete.

Entry requirements

You must be employed in a healthcare setting for at least 30 hours per week and your employer must cover the cost of this course.

To study a Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship you must also meet the following entry requirements:

48 UCAS points from one of the following:

  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course
  • A Levels, AS Levels, CACHE qualifications, BTEC Diplomas and other Level 3 qualifications will be considered with related work experience


  • Normally GCSE English Language or English Literature and mathematics at grade C or above or equivalents (please see below)

GCSE English and mathematics equivalents

If you are not in employment, you can apply to this course on a full time basis if you meet the entry requirements. Please visit https://www.barnsley.ac.uk/course/professional-practice-in-health-and-social-care-foundation-degree-fdsc/ for the full time course information.

You will achieve

  • Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

Course overview

Assistant Practitioners work as part of the wider health and social care team and have direct contact with patients, service users or clients providing high quality and compassionate care. The course is designed to attract and develop band 1 and 2 workers into band 3 and 4 roles. It develops the skills and learning required by a wide range of assistant practitioners to provide patient care across primary and secondary care settings in nursing and allied health professions.

The course, which is an award of Sheffield Hallam University, has two routes. For those already employed in assistant or support worker roles in health, social or community care the course allows you to complete both the Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) and the Foundation Degree. The course provides you with your continuing personal and professional development and depending on your employer, would allow you to undertake a Band 4 Associate /Assistant role. If you are not in employment, you can apply to this course on a full time basis if you meet the entry requirements. Please visit https://www.barnsley.ac.uk/course/professional-practice-in-health-and-social-care-foundation-degree-fdsc/ for the full time course information.


Year 1:

  • Work-based learning-academic (20 Credits)
  • Work-based learning-practice (20 Credits)
  • Reflective & personal development skills (20 Credits)
  • Essential sciences for person centred care (40 Credits)
  • Integrated holistic assessment and delivery of health and social care interventions (20 Credits)

Year 2:

  • Work based learning-academic (20 Credits)
  • Work-based learning-practice (20 Credits)
  • Promoting health, wellbeing and independence (40 Credits)
  • Using and evaluating evidence to inform practice (20 Credits)
  • Leadership and management. (20 Credits)

Click here for further information regarding the Standard Apprenticeship.



You will need writing materials, paper, pens and folders.



Church Street campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on 01226 216166 or email: apprenticeships@barnsley.ac.uk



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Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

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