Higher Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner (Dementia Care)


Course summary

The Higher Apprenticeship in Dementia Care provides on the job education and training for staff working with clients and registered healthcare professionals seeking to achieve formal qualification related  to their knowledge and skills in providing high quality dementia care.

Why choose this course?
As a student on the Higher Apprenticeship you will be able to learn and develop care skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to specialist dementia care, delivered by dementia care specialists. The apprenticeship offers current employees and new staff the opportunity to develop their skills and obtain a Foundation Degree.

You will be employed as an apprentice throughout your studies. You can apply the knowledge you’ll gain to your professional and industrial practice as you progress through the course. In summary this course is attractive for the following reasons:
  • Gain a university qualification;
  • The opportunity to work in a professional area and to be paid a salary;
  • Study in part via Work Based Learning, which can be more immediately and clearly relevant.
The course also gives employers the opportunity to develop their own staff, instilling their culture of care, and to attract new dedicated staff to this fast-growing area of provision.

Career and study progression
The course is aimed at carers and other staff who have direct contact with people living with dementia. It is suited to staff working in health and social care settings and other sectors that cater for people with dementia eg: day centres, museums, galleries and  housing.

On completion of the course, graduates achieve a foundation degree so can move onto higher training if desired eg: in nursing, psychology, public heath and social work. 

Course detail

  • 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 
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • How to communicate with people living with dementia
  • Clinical skills

Entry requirements

You will need to be working in an organisation offering services to people with dementia.
You will also need to have
GCSE English and Mathematics (at grade C or above) or equivalent ie: Functional Skills Level 2.

If you do not hold the qualifications above you may still be allowed on the course provided you pass a numeracy and literacy test as agreed by the employer and UWL. Students that gain entry to the course via this route will be able to undertake GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent via UWL, 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 organisation and UWL.



Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

If you are already employed as an apprentice and would like to enrol on the course please discuss this with your employer and advise them to contact UWL to discuss this further.

If you have any questions on any aspect of the course or the application process, or if you are an employer and are interested in learning more about how to partner with UWL on the degree apprenticeship, please contact Victoria Tischler Victoria.Tischler@uwl.ac.uk.

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