Course overview

Assistant Practitioner HTQ (Health and Social Care) City of Bristol College

Do you work in health and social care? Investing in your professional development can be a powerful way to move your career forward.

This two-year, full-time course will give you a better understanding of client or patient conditions, and how to improve their care.

If you studied your Level 3 course with us, you could be eligible for our Higher Education Progression Bursary. You can find out more about our financial support options or download the HE progression bursary application form.

This course will be running from September 2024. For any enquiries or to express your interest in this course, please email  

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: L510
Campus code: B
Short code: FdSc/HSC

Additional information

Who is this course for?

If you are looking for your next step and currently work within the NHS, another health or social care provider and are employed in the industry then this could be the course for you.

Students have to be employed in one of the following areas and have to have someone willing and suitable in their workplace to assess their practice:

  • NHS Trusts
  • Community Services Providers
  • Social Care Providers
  • Other Health and Care organisations

What you'll learn

Modules you could study include:

  • Essentials of Health and Disease
  • Foundations of Practice / Extending Practice
  • Holistic Approaches to Care
  • Person-centred Practice
  • Leadership for Quality Enhancement in Practice
  • Research Methodology and Methods
  • Working Effectively with Long Term Condition
  • Foundations of Assessment
  • Evidencing of Work-based Learning

Course entry requirements

You will need to be employed by a health or social care provider and have a minimum of Level 2 in English and Maths. In addition, you will usually need one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS points
  • Advanced Level Diploma in a related subject
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care course
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or HNC/D in a related subject
  • VDA: AGNVQ, AVCE, AVS in a related subject
  • Three GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent including English, Maths and Science
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma

With the exception of Maths and English, if you do not have the other formal qualifications or meet the normal entry requirements, but can demonstrate a substantial amount of relevant work experience and commitment to this area, we will consider your application.

You will need to be prepared for an interview.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This course is delivered through a mixture of practical work, presentations, group work and coursework.

You will work with highly-qualified college tutors with extensive relevant experience. They will be there to support and guide you as you learn and develop your skills, through a mix of theory and practice modules.

During term-time, you will spend a day a week studying in college. You will also undertake practice-based modules at work so you can apply your new knowledge and skills in the workplace.

In order to undertake this course, you will also need to secure support from your employer. Additionally, you will be assigned a personal tutor and an academic link person who will guide you and your employer through the work-based requirements of the programme.

A range of assessment methods will be used including:

  • Essay
  • Portfolio
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Reports

Future career and study opportunities

This course could help you to work as a Band 4 Practitioner with some employers or progress to the second year of a nursing course. This course could also enable you to join the final year of a degree course such as BA (Hons) Health and Social Care Management, secure a management or leadership position or become a registered manager.

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