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Healthcare for Assistant Practitioners FD (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This course is delivered under the apprenticeship model. The Foundation Degree is designed for adult learners already working within the NHS in a clinical support worker role, with at least one year clinical experience in acute, mental health or other clinical support worker roles. It offers the opportunity to develop your clinical and professional skills and to understand the theory underpinning your practice.

    Throughout the course both clinical and academic teaching across modules have equal weighting. The course is designed to support you in your learning as a reflective practitioner and enable you to apply your learning directly to your work.

    You'll be required to attend University one day a week during term time and will be taught by friendly and supportive staff with experience in working with adult learners who also have substantial professional experience within the sector. From your initial enquiry and throughout your studies with us you’ll benefit from our student support service, which provides advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events.

  • Course content

    Three core strands run throughout the Foundation Degree:

    • professional working - development of your understanding of the context and nature of work as an assistant practitioner and of your professional skills in this role;
    • clinical practice - development of clinical skills and competencies in a range of relevant settings for your role;
    • clinical knowledge - understanding of core concepts in human biology that underpin healthcare practice with opportunity for additional specialism in mental health issues.

    There is a strong emphasis on your development of clinical practice coupled with acquiring skills for successful study at university. Half of each year of the course is clinically based, and teaching across modules is designed to help and support you in your learning as reflective practitioners. This course is delivered under the apprenticeship model. The Foundation Degree is awarded by the University of Leeds, after which an end point assessment will be required by your employer to achieve the apprenticeship.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Biological Knowledge for Assistant Practitioners 1 30 credits
    • Healthcare Practice for Assistant Practitioners 1 60 credits
    • Clinical and Reflective Practice for Assistant Practitioners 1 30 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Academic and Professional Development for Assistant Practitioners 2 20 credits
    • Healthcare Practice for Assistant Practitioners 2 60 credits

    Optional modules

    • Biological Knowledge for Assistant Practitioners 2 20 credits
    • Mental Healthcare and Assistant Practitioners 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Healthcare for Assistant Practitioners FD in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.


    Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, group presentations and examinations. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    GCSE: GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

    Level 3 health/social care qualification (or equivalent).

    Alternative entry

    If you don’t have the required level 3 qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you may also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the LLC Admissions Team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre. Application is via your line manager in the first instance.

    Admissions policy

    Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    The fees for this course are paid by your employer through the apprenticeship levy.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

  • Career opportunities

    A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

    A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. Graduates of this course will have a solid platform for career development and further study. The course has been developed to meet workforce development needs identified by Healthcare trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region. As a Foundation Degree graduate you would be able to assume responsibility to deliver delegated elements of protocol-based health and social care and undertake clinical work in areas previously only within the remit of registered healthcare providers.

    Careers support

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

    The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:

    • explore their career options
    • develop or enhance their employability skills
    • gain work or voluntary experience
    • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
    • find and apply for jobs

    Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.