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Course Details

Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) Higher Apprenticeship FdSc

Anglia Ruskin University

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Course Summary

Our higher apprenticeship is ideal if you're a healthcare assistant who wants to develop your skills and play a fuller role in your nursing team. On successful completion of the course, you can opt to study for a full honours degree - and ultimately, become a registered nurse.

Entry Requirement

Employment in a suitable healthcare role/environment on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
Employer support to undertake this course
Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an Apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
Evidence of level 3 study in a related subject, eg A Levels, BTEC in Health and Social Care*
Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English, eg GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)**
An enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is a check with police forces and local authorities in the UK to ascertain whether or not you are suitable to work with certain groups of vulnerable people. These checks are required to be carried out on all prospective students to ensure the safety of our client group.
Further information on DBS disclosure will be sent at a later date if you are successful and firmly accept your place at ARU.
Occupational Health clearance from your employer

* Applicants without a Level 3 qualification but with experience of healthcare will be considered on an individual basis for accreditation of prior learning (APL)/prior experiential learning (APEL).

** Applicants currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in either English or Maths must have gained the qualification prior to the start of the course. If you are unlikely to have evidence of either qualification before the start of the course, you should delay your application until you have these.

Please note: you will need to have the National Care Certificate (Health) to undertake the End Point Assessment. If you do not hold this, you will be able to complete this during your Foundation Degree programme to enable you to take the EPA.

Only on provision of the evidence to demonstrate that you meet the requirements listed above will you be invited to attend an interview.

You will be required to provide one reference from someone who knows you in your current (preferable), or most recent, healthcare role to identify your attitude to study and learning.


Year one
  • Fundamental Knowledge for Health Care Practice
  • Fundmental Skills for Health Care Practice
  • Knowledge and Values for Health Care Practice
  • Clinical Skills for Health Care Practice
  • Medicines Calculation for Safe Practice 1
Year Two
  • Work-based Learning in Health Care
  • Contemporary Issues in Adult Health Care (adult nursing specialism)
  • Contemporary Issues in Children's and Young People's Health Care (child nursing specialism)
  • Engaging in Mental Health Care (mental health nursing specialism)




Sept, Jan


2 Years

Study Mode

Full Time

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