Taught course

Assistant Practitioner (Adult)

Bucks New University · Bucks New University

Entry requirements

You will also need to be employed as an Assistant Practitioner (or equivalent, for example healthcare support worker) for a minimum of 18 hours per week and to have the support of your employer. (If you join as an apprentice student you will need to be working a minimum of 30 hours a week and be sponsored by your employer).

We welcome mature candidates who may not have the necessary academic qualifications, but have relevant work experience and are able to demonstrate the ability to study at this level.

For non-Apprentices, your employer will need to provide email confirmation to the Admissions team of supporting your application, including confirmation that you work a minimum of 18 hours per week with them and also state that they will provide a mentor to support your learning in your workplace for the duration of the two year programme. Only once this confirmation has been received will you be invited for interview. If your employer has any questions regarding this confirmation, they can refer to the FAQ sheet on this webpage and they can also contact the Programme Lead Liz King via elizabeth.king@bucks.ac.uk who will be happy to help.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Becoming an Assistant Practitioner means you have skills and experience in a particular area of clinical practice. Although you will not be a registered practitioner, you will have advanced skills and opportunities to continue your training.

Students on this course have a varied degree of experience yet share the ambition to provide high quality care.

This course attracts students eager for a career in settings such as:

  • Nursing homes
  • Residential homes
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Day centres
  • Drop-in centres
  • Special Schools
  • GP surgeries

Your skills will help the NHS and independent sector meet demands for high quality care. As an Assistant Practitioner you can choose from a wide range of pathways, relevant to your area of work.

What will this course cover?

This course covers a wide range of areas alongside developing your skills for professional practice, leadership and management.

In year one subjects include: biological basis for health, well-being of people, and understanding reflective practice.

In year two you will study: organisational skills and behaviours, public health, research methods and safe and effective practice.

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • FDSC
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Catherine Forward
0330 123 2032