• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Student
    Support

Course Overview

The FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care degree provides a principal route for the training and education of Assistant Practitioners. NHS Employers (2015) identified the Assistant Practitioner as non-occupational specific role that has developed to assist organisations to deliver high quality and patient centred services in a variety of settings. An Assistant Practitioner is a worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They are non-registered practitioners who have the required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of traditional healthcare assistant or support workers and expected to undertake more complex tasks (Skills for Health, 2009).

 

Level
Level 4 Level 5
Duration
2 years full-time
Awarding Body
Sheffield Hallam University
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

The course has been designed in response to rapidly changing workforce demands and policy initiatives aimed at modernising services and improving quality, productivity and efficiency (Department of Health, 2016, Skills for Health 2015; Centre for Workforce Intelligence, 2015; Willis, 2015; Francis, 2013). Key drivers include: staff shortages, requirements to enhance capacity and cost-efficiency, technological developments, integration of services and reconfiguration in provision including a shift from secondary care to primary, community-based services. Consequently, Assistant Practitioners need to be educated to be empowered workers with ‘time to care’. In principle the tasks that are delegated to Assistant Practitioners are those that can be performed safely with training, under protocol and with supervision. Assistant Practitioner roles are locally designed to work either within single professions such as nursing, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy or where the Assistant Practitioner will have competence to work across professional boundaries.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

2017 entry requirements:

Normally GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalents (please see below), plus one of the following

  • 48 UCAS points. We accept General Studies.
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course.

We also welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria.

We would expect to see evidence of competency to pursue the course successfully.

GCSE English and Maths equivalents

  • Level 2 Adult Numeracy/Literacy
  • Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number
  • equivalency test from equivalencytesting.co.uk

 

Personal qualities

You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carer.

 

Skill requirements

You also need to demonstrate an ability to:

  • study academic subjects at degree level
  • debate topics and issues
  • draw on conclusions from written material
  • study independently as well as a member of a group
  • use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

These are normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

2017 entry requirements:

Normally GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalents (please see below), plus one of the following

  • 48 UCAS points. We accept General Studies.
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course.

We also welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria.

We would expect to see evidence of competency to pursue the course successfully.

GCSE English and Maths equivalents

  • Level 2 Adult Numeracy/Literacy
  • Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number
  • equivalency test from equivalencytesting.co.uk

 

Personal qualities

You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carer.

 

Skill requirements

You also need to demonstrate an ability to:

  • study academic subjects at degree level
  • debate topics and issues
  • draw on conclusions from written material
  • study independently as well as a member of a group
  • use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

These are normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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