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Assistant Practitioner (Health) - Higher Apprenticeship - FdSc

  • Level: Apprenticeship
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Blended Learning (2 years)
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Do you want to enhance your career in health and social care? Our Certificate in Higher Education/Foundation degree is ideal for those already working a minimum of 30 hours per week within a health and social work setting. On this course you can develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to progress to Assistant Practitioner level or equivalent.

A variety of pathways can be studied including:

  • Mammography
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Surgical Care Support
  • Maternity
  • Mental Health
  • Adult Care
  • Children
  • Learning Disability

What's covered in the course?

The Cert HE/FdSc Health and Social Care are full-time apprenticeships delivered at the City South campus, and have been carefully designed to provide the skills you and your current or future employer need. 

Expert teaching staff in our School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Health Sciences provide the guidance needed to make sure you secure the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours that will advance your career.

The course equips successful candidates for a range of roles in health or social care settings, local authorities, the voluntary sector and private care settings.

In undertaking this course you will explore and develop clinical skills, compassionate care delivery, responsibility and accountability, infection control, confidentiality, consent, and many more.

The course offers an introduction to anatomy and physiology, and examines social, psychological and cultural influences relevant to your area of work.  Pathway specific modules will enable you to undertake more in-depth study in an area relevant to your role, practice and service user group.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have GCSE at Grade 4 (previously a Grade C) or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Please check the transferable skills document from Apprenticeship Certificates England to see if your qualifications meet the requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship. 

Why study an apprenticeship?

  • Work based learning – the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and skills
  • Highly experienced tutors who are all professionally qualified to support you at university
  • Work based clinical educators to support you in practice
  • A wide range of support services available to you at university to support your learning journey
  • We have excellent facilities, including a brand new building that offers state-of-the-art equipment that will support you in your studies. There are several study spaces and open access information technology support.  
This course is not open to International students

Contact us 

If you have any queries about this course please contact the admissions tutor, Marie Clancy on:

How to apply

The employer will advertise a relevant position and you need to apply and be successful at interview before you can apply for our course.

If you are successful in securing a position your employer will contact the Admissions Tutor and they will send an application link to you to enable you to apply for the course.

Course Specification

Download the Course Specification

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Marie Clancy

Marie Clancy

Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor for FdSc Health and Social Care

Marie is a children’s nurse by background and studied in Birmingham with much of her initial nurse roles at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH). Subsequently she has worked internationally in Australia, Trinidad, Malawi, Afghanistan and New Zealand. 

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beth flint staff profile

Beth Flint

Acting Course Leader for Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

Beth qualified as a registered nurse (adult) in 2005 and has worked in various areas of nursing including trauma and orthopaedics, surgical assessment and gynaecology. She has also worked as a faculty educator and Medical Devices Educator, teaching a wide range of healthcare workers ranging from band 2 staff to senior consultants. Beth now works as a Teaching Fellow and is the Acting Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.

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