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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Diploma - Higher Apprenticeship - Level 5


The Assistant Practitioner Diploma in Healthcare is part of an apprenticeship framework, developed by Skills for Health. 

This diploma is aimed at all assistant practitioners or those individuals that wish to become assistant practitioners. It focuses on consolidation of learning and on embedding consistently good practice in core areas, as well as the development of additional knowledge and skills.Candidates may also be in other roles and recruited as apprentices on to this programme. It is only available to those aged 18 years or over.

Having completed this diploma, workers may then progress into undergraduate healthcare profession programmes such as nurse training.

The Foundation Degree in Professional Development in Health and Social Care can be taken as part of the Level 5 Assistant Practitioner Apprentice.

What will I study?

You will learn about a variety of areas directly relevant to the role, including assessing patients, understanding health principles and effective team working.

You will generally learn within your work setting.

You will be assessed through written assignments and competency in your work practice.

Entry requirements

You will need to be an assistant practitioner or wish to become an assistant practitioner.

You will need to be working within a health care environment for a minimum of 16 hours per week.

You will undertake a Level 2 diagnostic assessment for maths and English prior to enrolment. You will need to achieve a minimum of a 50% score in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme. If you has passed maths and English GCSE with a grade A* to C or Key skills at level 2, you will be required to evidence this with a certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skills qualification within the apprenticeship framework.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

Two years

How will I be assessed?

This competence-based qualification is designed to be assessed in the candidate’s workplace as they undertake their normal work role. On-site assessors/trainers/tutors should also be work-based and delivery staff must meet the requirements as outlined in the qualification handbook.

The knowledge based units will be assessed by City & Guilds externally set and internally marked/verified assignments. Competence based units will be assessed through work-based practice and all evidence will be collated through a portfolio. The portfolios of evidence will show candidates have demonstrated their practice and knowledge which meets a range of qualification assessment criteria.

To complete the apprentice standard you are required to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA).

The end point assessment consists of:

  • A multiple choice test (online) consisting of 40 multiple choice questions and 4 short answer questions
  • A reflective journal and an interview
  • An observation of practice in the apprentice’s work setting

What can I progress onto?

Having completed this diploma, workers may then consider progressing into undergraduate healthcare profession programmes offered by universities and further education colleges offering higher education qualifications.


Next steps

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