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Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare Diploma (Higher Apprenticeship)

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Social Care & Health

The qualification is for individuals already working in a healthcare environment like nursing homes, clinical health care settings, hospital staff working in clinical areas, residential health care settings (that have a clinical aspect to the job role) or domiciliary settings (that have a clinical aspect to the job role).

You can train to an Assistant Practitioner level while continuing working in practice.


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Ideal if:

You have just started working in the care sector and would like to gain a level 5 qualification.

Entry Requirements:

GCSE in English and Maths or equivalent, a Level 3 Diploma in health and social care or equivalent.

A care certificate is desirable but not essential.

What You Will Learn:

During the Apprenticeship you will achieve the City and Guilds Level 5 Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare and the Care Certificate if not already achieved in practice. The programme duration is 24months to complete all elements including the external end point assessment requirement for the qualification.

The structure to achieve the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare, learners must achieve 120 credits from a combination of mandatory units and optional units.  The units covered are:

  • Understand safeguarding of children and young people
  • Promote professional development
  • Work in partnership in health and social care
  • The structure, organisation and function of the human body
  • Use and develop systems that promote communication
  • Champion equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the setting
  • Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care
  • Manage quality in health and social care
  • Undertake a research project within services for health and social care
  • Conduct and support others in the assessment of individual’s health and well being
  • Promote effective nutrition and fluid balance
  • The principles and philosophy of healthcare
  • Lifespan developments and healthcare needs
  • Understand the principles and application of Physiological measurements
  • Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults
  • Understand the principles, theories and concepts reacted to leading and developing a work team in a healthcare environment


To attend college one day a week.

Need to achieve for this qualification:

  • Functional skills Level 2 maths and English if not already achieved
  • Care certificate
  • Level 5 Diploma Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare (city and guilds) portfolio if evidence
  • One internal exam and completion of End point assessment

You’ll love:

Clinical days throughout the programme covering:

  • Catheterisation
  • Venepuncture
  • First Aid
  • Verification of Death


Level 4 HE module for Nutrition and Health.


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Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare Diploma (Higher Apprenticeship)

Start Date

This course is offered throughout the year, please contact us for the latest start dates.




2 years

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