Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner | Furness College
Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Course Content

What qualification will I achieve?

Successful apprentices on completion, will achieve the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Level 5 Standard. 

Functional skills in Maths and English would be achieved if the apprentices does not already hold the required qualification at the time of starting the apprenticeship standard.

How long is the course?

This apprenticeship will typically take 18-24 months.

How will I learn?

The apprenticeship will largely take place at the site of the employer, using day to day working activities to underpin knowledge that is learnt. A portion of the apprenticeship will take place at Furness College through classroom/workshop based learning. This is likely to be as part of a day release from the employer although each sector has differing delivery structure and this will be discussed with the employer and apprentice. 

Off-the-job training

Off-the-job training is learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. The 20% off-the-job training requirement is measured over the course of an apprenticeship, not per academic year. This is an essential part of the apprenticeship and therefore must take place during employed time and the apprentice must be paid for the off-the-job training.

What subjects will I study?

The apprenticeship will cover a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours all of which will assist the student in their day to day work duties. These will include:

Skills – 
•    Team Working
•    Communication
•    Supervision and Teaching 
•    Case Management 
•    Risk Management
•    Equality and Diversity
•    Quality

Knowledge – 
•    The principles and philosophy of health and social care
•    The physiology, organisation and function of the human body
•    Lifespan developments and healthcare needs from prenatal to end of life / bereavement. 
•    Research and development in the Health and Social Care sector
•    The importance of current evidence based practice within the scope of the role

Behaviours – 
•    Treat individuals with dignity, respecting individual’s beliefs, culture, values and preferences.
•    Respect and adopt an empathetic approach 
•    Demonstrate courage to challenge areas of concern and work to best practise
•    Be adaptable 
•    Demonstrate discretion 

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the apprenticeship students will be expected to take part in an end point assessment, this will assess how an apprentice can apply their skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired in their apprenticeship. Throughout the apprenticeship, students will build up a portfolio of work for discussion, which will compromise of evidence produced in the work place to show the apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard.

Before taking the EPA, the apprentice will need to have met the below requirements: 

  • Satisfactorily completed training covering the skills, knowledge and behaviours as described in the standard
  • Achieved the Mandatory qualifications set out in the standard
  • Achieved the required English & Maths qualifications specified in the standard
  • Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio of evidence to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard.

The three assessments carried out for this standard at the end of the apprenticeship are –

1. A multiple choice and short answer test
2. An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
3. A reflective journal completed by the apprentice and an interview.

Programme Specification

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Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us: T: 01229 825017 E: info@furness.ac.uk


What opportunities will this lead to?

Progression comes in a variety of ways after achieving the apprenticeship, which are:  

•    The potential for advancement in their job role
•    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.

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