Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) FdSc

Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) FdSc

School of Community Health and Midwifery




Under- graduate


Preston and Westlakes

Contact UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment
College of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

  • Duration:

    Two Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston and Westlakes (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) aims to provide a flexible interdisciplinary course which is competence based with an emphasis on “fitness for practice”, and which bridges the gap between theory and practice. It will meet individual and organisational requirements in the health sector through the integrated development of clinical and academically relevant knowledge and skills. The Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) has been designed to meet the academic requirements for the development of the Assistant Practitioner role within health care.

The programme includes a range of academic and work-based modules designed to cover a range of skills and knowledge required by support staff working under supervision. The programme structure includes core modules as well as specialist modules. The work based modules are designed to allow you to apply your learning to your work context and your individual learning needs.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

NVQ3, GNVQ (intermediate and advanced), BTec National Extended Diploma (3 passes), BTec National Diploma (Pass, Pass, Pass), BTec National Subsidiary National Diploma (Distinction), 'A' Level (DDD), Access Course (Pass), Irish leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers OCR National Certificate (Distinction), OCR National Diploma (P2),OCR National Extended Diploma (P3).

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is available where appropriate, particularly for mature students (the course team are available to advise and assist with any APL or APEL application).

Students will also be interviewed.

This course will involve access to vulnerable adults and/or children. You will already hold a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and will be required to complete a declaration of good character during enrolment.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Study Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
  • Foundations for Practice
  • Communication and Collaboration in Health and Social Care

plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Introduction to Long term conditions and End of Life care
  • Mental health across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Unscheduled and Acute care
  • Introduction to Clinical Imaging
  • Student Initiated Module

Year 2

  • The Research Process
  • Developing Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Management and Leadership in Health & Social Care

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Physiological Responses to Health and Illness
  • Assisting Rehabilitation Practice
  • Principles and Practice in Clinical Imaging
  • Management of Long Term Conditions Across the Lifespan
  • Interventions in Mental Health
  • Student Initiated Module

Further Information

The Assistant Practitioner is a new role in health and social care created to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered practitioners, eg nurses, therapists. Applicants will already be working within an NHS health or social care setting and will study modules relating to their area of work in order to develop additional skills and competences and the knowledge that underpins these.

Staff will work closely with the manager and mentor to provide a course that makes you ‘fit for purpose’ by identifying your specific skill development needs. Through work-based learning you will achieve new skills and competencies necessary for the role of Assistant Practitioner as outlined in your job description. Class attendance one day per week will be combined with work-based learning throughout the course to bridge the gap between theory and practice. There will be support from a work based education facilitator (WBEF) who will bridge the gap between University and the workplace and provide support for development of the portfolio. Alongside skills the one thing many students comment on is how their confidence develops during the course on both a personal and professional level.

The course encompasses several themes that are important to anyone working in health and social care settings. These themes include communication skills, anatomy and physiology, health promotion, health psychology, inter-professional working, equality and diversity, service user involvement and lifelong learning.

Our student selection process is underpinned by  the National  Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.


The course team are understanding and always supportive. I'm really grateful and lucky to have been taught by such a great team.



Learning Outcome and Aims

To equip students, through the unique use of work based learning and class attendance, with academic knowledge and skills to enhance their knowledge of the Assistant Practitioner role and its impact on their current and/or future work within health and social care.

To enable students to analyse relevant academic theories and concepts to enhance their work performance through work based learning and take into consideration personal and cultural awareness to work across organisational boundaries and adapt to a changing environment.

To equip students with a range of subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills to support their continuing personal, professional and academic development through the use of work based learning and classroom participation.

The School of Health is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our programmes. The approaches to delivery and the content of our programmes aim to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts



*Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) is subject to re-approval by the University in Autumn 2016. Course information and programme specifications will be updated and reviewed as part of this process which can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams. This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined on this page, which will enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. Any changes made will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding offers will be provided with this information prior to the commencement of their programme.

*subject to re-approval



Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: Funding from Health Education North West to cover fees can be applied for by the service manager.

Our Foundation Degree Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) has been mapped against the Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) (England) framework and the University has been successful in securing funding to deliver places on this programme through the Higher Apprenticeship Scheme.

As a higher apprenticeship the programme fees are reduced by 50% because funding is available to support part of the tuition fee through the Skills Funding Agency.

The usual programme fees are £6000 per year and if delivered as a Higher Apprenticeship your organisation will be liable to fund only 50% of the programme (£3000 per year).

Please note: these charges will be relevant for the 2016-17 academic year.

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

As this is a work-based learning program, the workplace will provide students with experiences to which they can apply theory from the classroom where up-to-date issues and policies in the health and social care sector are discussed. Although you will be considered a full-time student you will need to work for a minimum of 23 hours per week in a health or social care setting. You will require a mentor in practice who can support you to develop the skills required for your role and sign you off as competent as those skills are achieved. You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence of your work based learning during the two years of the course and will have a nominated Work Based Education Facilitator to support you and your mentor with this.


Each module you take will be assessed by either essay, exam, poster or presentation and submission of these assignments will be staggered so that you are not overloaded with work at any time during the course. Your work based learning will be assessed by portfolio and skills log which you will build over the two years of the course.

The course team have been instrumental in developing me to the extent I have, I am now receiving excellent grades and commendations. Their support has given me the confidence to progress my career and I have received a promotion as a direct result. For someone who had reading difficulties as a child and left school with poor grades, they have realised my potential and empowered me to continue my learning. They have been central to a life changing experience.

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