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Assistant Practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship Level 5

This apprenticeship programme will suit you if you are an Assistant Practitioner working as part of the wider health and social care team, with direct contact with patients, service users or clients You will currently be working in a relevant setting such as the National Health Service, mental health, social care or occupational therapy. Examples of common work activities include higher clinical skills such as catheterisation, wound care and discharge planning.  

Entry requirements

You must be currently working under the supervision of a Registered Practitioner, which may include registered nurses, registered social workers AHP practitioners and medical, health care science and dental practitioners.

You must have also undertaken the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide evidence of this.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • The principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • Physiology, organisation and function of the human body
  • Lifespan developments and health care needs from prenatal to end of life
  • Research and development in the health and social care sector to inform and improve quality of care
  • Personal development team working communication
  • Person centred care and well being

Assessment methods

To gain the full qualification you must have:

  • Achieved Level 2 English and maths – (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above).
  • Demonstrated that you have met the standards of the Care Certificate during the first part of your apprenticeship.
  • Achieved the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare.

An End Point Assessment (EPA) will then be carried out at the end of the apprenticeship programme by an identified external organisation.

The EPA will consist of:

  • multiple choice and short answer test
  • an observation of practice carried out in the work place
  • a reflective journal
  • an interview


You will gain the following qualifications:

The Care Certificate
Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare Level 5 Diploma


  • Functional Skills in English and maths 

Further study and career options

Further study: 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.

Additional information

Delivered in the workplace apart from functional skills (if required). College attendance may be required depending on the relevant results of the testing prior to enrolment.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
12 to 24 months Flexible Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street K1561


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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