College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioners)

In support of the Government’s new initiative to develop the UK Workforce’s higher skills, The College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare at the University of West London is offering a Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner), which offers a high quality apprenticeship, on-the-job experience and a pathway for development into pre-registration nursing and other healthcare courses.

Designed by employers, for employers

The Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with employers, educational institutions and the Government and is eligible for apprenticeship levy funding. For information on other apprenticeship opportunities offered by the University please see Degree Apprenticeships.

Educational excellence and professionalism as standard

This course has been designed in accordance with the Skills for Health Criteria, Care Certificate standards and the UWL Foundation Degree (FdSc in Healthcare Practice) criteria.

Who is this Degree Apprenticeship for?

The Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) provides on-the-job education and training for staff working with clients and registered healthcare professionals seeking to achieve a formal qualification related to their knowledge and skills in providing patient care.


The Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner), will include the following subject areas:

  • Study skills
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Inter professional learning and working
  • Introduction to research skills
  • Professional values, ethical and legal issues surrounding care
  • Compassionate and safe care (including principles surrounding medicine management)
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Clinical skills

The final qualification will include an employment (Higher Apprenticeship) and academic (Foundation Degree) award.

How will your employee be assessed?

Regular in-course assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours, involving the employer and the University. End point assessment includes multiple choice and short answer test, observation of practice in the workplace, reflection journals and an interview.


Two years (part time) day release; one day a week.


It combines workplace training and study at the University.

Entry requirements
  • Employment within a participating health organisation and relevant healthcare experience.
  • GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C or 4 or above) or equivalent, i.e. Functional Skills Level 2. Applicants who do not possess GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C or  4 or above) may be allowed access to the course provided they have passed a numeracy and literacy test as agreed by the employer and UWL. Students who gain entry to the course via this route will be able to undertake GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent at the University of West London, as a requirement to progress to year two of the course.
  • All applicants need to successfully pass a value based recruitment process jointly convened by the employing health organisation and the University.
How to become an apprentice?

Please see Degree Apprenticeships.