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Assistant Health and Social Care Practitioner, FdS Undergraduate prospectus

This programme at the University of Greenwich prepares students to meet workforce needs as Band 4 Assistant Practitioners in health or social care within the NHS



This programme prepares students to meet workforce needs as Band 4 Assistant Practitioners in health or social care within the NHS. It is aimed at those who are already working in the NHS as Assistant Practitioners or who have been identified by their employer as having the potential to work as an Assistant Practitioner. The programme offers a practice-led and competency–based curriculum in which a strong emphasis on work based learning will facilitate and enhance a student's learning, complementing and consolidating the theoretical components of the programme. Work based learning provides Assistant Healthcare Practitioner identity throughout the programme and offers students the opportunities to achieve and demonstrate the programme's learning outcomes, skills and practice learning outcomes necessary to work as an Assistant Practitioner.

Skills you'll develop

  • To provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development
  • To enhance students' lifelong working skills and continuing professional development and contribute to children services
  • To develop a range of graduate transferable skills at appropriate levels.


  • To develop the skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate the immediate and ongoing care needs of clients/patients
  • To have an awareness of research and be able to appraise own practice and that of the service to ensure quality of care
  • To develop the skills of self-appraisal, be able to identify areas for personal and professional development and support the training and development needs of colleagues.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • 80 UCAS points from an A-Level or NVQ Level 3 or equivalent qualification plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above or be able to demonstrate their ability to work at that level.
  • Students must be in employment with a NHS Trust which has agreed to support the student throughout the programme.
  • Applicants with alternative qualifications such as NVQ level 3 in Caring PLUS GCSE grade A - C in English Language or equivalent
  • OR Access to Higher Education Diploma - 45 credits at level 3 plus 15 credits at either level 2 or 3, which must contain an English Language GCSE equivalent will be considered
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Extra information


Assessment will be a combination of formative and summative assessment tasks. A range of assessment methods will be employed including reflective accounts of care, practice assessment document, rehearsal of skills during skills sessions, case studies, reports, presentations and unseen examinations.


The programme is designed to prepare students for work as assistant health or social care practitioners in a designated role within the NHS workforce. Students will have acquired lifelong learning skills that will enable them to pursue CPD opportunities, including the opportunity to pursue further study leading to a registered qualification in health or social care (subject to PSRB requirements).

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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