Course overview

FDSC Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) (HTQ) City of Bristol College
You will develop your professional practice through work-based learning, with a particular focus on the values and behaviours expected of Assistant Practitioners, which include compassion and commitment.
You will study one day a week in the classroom, as well as developing your skills and behaviours within the workplace.
The subjects that you will cover include:
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology and sociology
  • Leadership and management
  • Risk management
as well as undertaking professional practice modules based over a two-year period.

You will be assessed via a variety of techniques including presentations, essays and professional discussions.


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Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B20
Course code: B82L


Dates and applications

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FDSC Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) (HTQ) College Green Centre
Course Code
16/09/2024 - 29/06/2026
2 years
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
Start Time
College Green Centre
This course costs £6165 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
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Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
HGF1537A01-1 16/09/2024 - 29/06/2026 2 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 11.30 09:15 College Green Centre
This course costs £6165 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
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Additional information

Who is this course for?

This Foundation Degree is balanced between theory and practice and is taught by an experienced team with backgrounds in nursing and social care.

This Foundation degree is for anyone working or looking to work in the healthcare industry and would like to look at future options to progress.

What you'll learn

In Year 1, the student must take 120 credits from the modules in Year 1. The credits are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (30 credits)
  • Clinical Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Communication for Practice (15 credits)
  • Psychology and Sociology of Health (30 credits)
  • Risk Management (15 credits)

In Year 2, the student must take 120 credits from the modules in Compulsory Modules. The credits are:

  • Clinical Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Methods of Enquiry (15 credits)
  • Occupational Case Study (40 credits)
  • Principles of Leadership and Management (15 credits)
  • Professional Assessment (15 credits)
  • Professional Development (15 credits)

Course entry requirements

A related Level 3 qualification such as:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • T Levels, or equivalent.

Applicants will also need Level 2 English and Maths at 4/C or above and are required to attend an interview.

Applicants must be employed in a suitable health or social care setting where they can be supported and assessed by a work-based mentor.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This course is taught via a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Skills practice
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Group workshops
  • Work-based practice

When not in scheduled lecturers and seminars, students are expected to continue learning through independent self-study.

This involves reading relevant literature, working on individual and group projects, and undertaking research in preparation for coursework and exams.  

This course has an average of 7.5 hours of scheduled teaching per week. Assessment is via a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework.

The assessment breakdown is 5% written exams, 15% practical exams (presentations) and 80% coursework.

Future career and study opportunities

Graduates of this course are eligible to progress to related Honours Top-up courses.

This Foundation Degree has been designed for those aspiring to be assistant practitioners (Skills for Health Career Framework Level 4) who already have related roles in health and social care settings and want to further their careers.

Industry insight Assistant practitioner roles are varied, so you could be working in hospitals, community recovery teams and with families and young people.

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