Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard Level 5 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The Higher Apprenticeship Standard provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of health and social care settings; from helping people with a particular need, to providing vital assistance to healthcare professionals in the care of patients.

This Apprenticeshipis for learners who work or want to work as an Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare and related services. The specific technical competences required for the role will vary depending on the clinical area within which the Assistant Practitioner is working.

This training is flexible and is predominantly ‘on-the-job’ meaning it takes place on your work premises. This Apprenticeshipincludes, Level 5 Diploma Assistant Practitioner, which is flexible to suit all fields across the health and social care sector so you can choose a pathway of learning that suits your role now or for the future.

The diploma qualification consists of mandatory units covering core knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be are combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners. The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of healthcare and care services:

  • the principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • the physiology, organisation and function of the human body
  • lifespan developments and healthcare needs from prenatal to end of life/bereavement
  • research and development in the health and social care sector to inform and improve quality of care
  • provision and promotion of holistic person centred care and support
  • duty of care and safeguarding of individuals
  • the importance of the strategic environment in health and social care and the implications for the individual
  • the importance of current evidence based practice within scope of the role.

The standard also includes Transferable Skills, such as Functional Skills, which cover more general work-related skills like communication (literacy), team working, problem solving (numeracy) and using new technologies in understanding the job you are training for.

A synoptic End Point Assessment (EPA) will include three distinct components. Firstly, the completion of a situational judgement test answered through a multiple choice exercise (but not necessarily undertaken as an online or computer-based test), secondly, a professional discussion and observation of practice. To achieve final certification, you must have completed and achieved all elements of the end point assessments in addition to the Care Certificate and the Diploma.

The role is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so you are able to demonstrate best practice and act as a role model. You may supervise or guide the less experienced staff in your team. You will follow the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers, the multi-professional HEE Quality Framework and the 6C’s. 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. Assistant Practitioners work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and physiology). Assistant Practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need.

Upon successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.Assistant Practitioners will develop additional skills and knowledge based on their employer’s requirements. The qualification is approved by Skills for Health and is designed to support the on-going program.

This competency-based qualification is designed to be assessed in the workplace as you undertake your normal work role. The evidence must at all times reflect the policies and procedures of your work place as informed by current legislation, the relevant codes of conduct and service standards for the sector.

An Assistant Practitioner works under the supervision of a Registered Practitioner in accordance with employer policy, protocols and standard operating procedures. The Registered Practitioner remains accountable for the appropriate and effective delegation of activities and must ensure that the AP has the competency, confidence and expertise to carry out such activities. Having accepted the activity, the AP is accountable for their actions. In a situation where the AP feels they do not have the necessary skills or ability then they must alert the registered practitioner immediately. amme element of the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner in Health apprenticeship standard in England.

Assessment Methods

Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard Assistant Practitioner in Health is a competence-based qualification which is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. You we be measured against learning outcomes and assessment criteria described in each unit of the qualification. You must meet all the learning outcomes within the chosen units and meet the rules of combination to be able to be awarded the qualification. The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.

Modes of assessment include:

  • Direct observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Case studies
  • Assignments and projects
  • A learning journal
  • End Point Assessment (EPA) including observation of practice.

Progression Options

This qualification allows you to learn, develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in Adult Care within a role which has some autonomy, delegated responsibility or where there may be a need for supervision of others. Learners can progress to the Pre-registration Nursing, Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship providing they are in an appropriate job role.

Opportunities may also be available to progress for those Assistant Practitioners who wish to progress into Registered Practice, the apprenticeship can provide credits into some Higher Education programmes aligned to professional registration.

Course Summary

Course Title Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard Level 5
Entry Requirements

To start this level of apprenticeship you should ideally have five GCSEs
(grade C or above), Functional Skills English or Maths or have completed an
advanced level apprenticeship or equivalent. You must:



  • Be an appropriate supported role in the healthcare sector.
  • Be working towards or completion of the Care Certificate as part of a
    high-quality induction programme.
  • Pass an initial assessment and a Skillscan.

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