Skip to content


What makes the Assistant Practitioner Foundation Degree special?

As you approach becoming an Assistant Practitioner, you discover a wide variety of options. At the University of Worcester, our diverse and exciting Foundation Degree allows you to engage within health and social care. The course equips you with the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours to excel in a rewarding career in health. We support our students by developing the relevant skillset required of the role, emphasising person-centred care, communication and team working throughout the course – essential to becoming an effective Assistant Practitioner.

Our Foundation Degree for the Assistant Practitioner is a full-time, two-year course developed to support students’ career development and promotion to an Assistant Practitioner. Students will be proficient to work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, care services and charitable organisations in the community. The University of Worcester has well-established links to a variety of organisations, the Integrated Care Board and NHS England, helping us identify successful opportunities which meet the students’ and community’s needs. This Foundation Degree supports our students’ exploration of this hybrid role, whilst supplying them with the experiences required to thrive in a healthcare career.

The Foundation Degree Assistant Practitioner is ideal for those already working within a health and social care setting or those seeking to begin their career in Health and Social Care.

For those working a minimum of 30 hours per week, the apprenticeship route may be an option and would enable you to continue working full time.

Students can choose to study this course either at our Worcester or our Dudley campus.

Employers or applicants interested in the apprenticeship route please contact Lisa Mauro-Bracken

* Subject to approval 



Key features

  • You will work across a variety of health and social care settings supporting people of all ages and further developing your knowledge, skills and behaviour
  • You will develop and enhance your self-awareness and interpersonal skills alongside gaining an insight into the importance of evidence-based practice within health and social care
  • A stimulating learning environment based on the values of academic freedom, ethical awareness and critical appraisal
  • You will be working with a team of academics, clinicians and work-based learning tutors who hold a range of expertise and experience relevant to health and social care
  • The skills and simulation centre provides excellent facilities to safely practice health and care interventions in a supportive environment
Exterior view of Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology in Dudley

Study Assistant Practitioner FdSc in Dudley -

From September 2024, you have the choice to study the Assistant Practitioner FdSc in Worcester or at our partner institute in Dudley. The course will be taught by the same experienced lecturers at both venues.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS Tariff Points

From a minimum of 1 A level and a maximum of 3 A Levels


Equivalent Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC National Diploma or Access to Higher Education Diploma.


GCSE grade C/4 or level 2 equivalent in Maths and English (Language or Literature). Please see below for acceptable alternatives.

Acceptable alternative Maths qualifications

  • Functional Skills Level 2 Maths
  • Essential Skills Level 2 (Wales) Maths
  • NARIC approved GCSE C/4 or above International qualification
  • University of Worcester GCSE Equivalency Exam in Maths

Acceptable alternative English qualifications

  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS level 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component), other equivalent English qualifications will be considered (see UW Language Requirements and Support)
  • NARIC approved GSCE C/4 or above International qualification
  • University of Worcester GCSE Equivalency Exam in English
  • Essential Skills Level 2 (Wales) English

It is desirable that applicants have evidence of study undertaken within the last 5 years. Students are required to demonstrate health and character sufficient to ensure safe and effective practice. This includes a satisfactory enhanced DBS and occupational health assessment.

Additional information

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.


The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff. If you do not meet the minimum entry requirements outlined above, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

Disability information

If you are worried that your disability or physical/mental health problem will affect your nursing application, please refer to our disability concerns document for more information.

Register your interest

Enter your details below and we will keep you up to date with useful information about studying at the University of Worcester.

Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

For Apprentices: Allied Health Pathway options will be available based on the pathway you will be completing.

*Subject to approval

Year 1 - Modules

  • Person Centred Care
  • Becoming a Health and Care Professional
  • Skills for Interprofessional Working
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Promoting Health and Well-Being
  • Work based Learning for Students

Year 2 - Modules

  • Research and Evidence-based Practice
  • Innovation and Leadership in Health and Care
  • Care and Support for Complex Needs
  • Individual Project in the Workplace
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment


Students will be taught the knowledge content of the programme through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures and are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group work.

Seminars, case studies, scenarios and problem-based learning will facilitate development of inquiry into real world situations, developing your skills, knowledge and practice. Online resources will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the material presented in class and practical workshops. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are available and encouraged, in order to support you throughout the course.

Contact time

FdSc Assistant Practitioner will attend one day a week during the academic year and undertake weekly online sessions.

Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures and seminars (face to face and online)
  • Workshops (face to face and online)
  • Group work (problem and enquiry-based learning)
  • Work-based learning Placement for students (face to face, online and self-directed)

Online contact hours will be structured around:

  • Group tutorials based upon focussed activities.
  • Assessment workshops
  • Problem-based learning
  • Skills development workshops

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake between 15 to 18 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, independent self-study will involve reading journal articles and books, watching selected videos, working through example problems, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing assignments and presentations.  Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


Possible pattern:

  • 2 years full-time


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners and work-based learning tutors all with industry experience. Allied Health Professional staff and practitioners will also provide input for the professional pathways.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and (as at August 2023) 83% per cent of lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. This may differ for students studying at partner colleges. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles. For students studying at partner colleges, information on teaching staff will be made available at induction.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written essays and reports, group and individual presentations, open book examinations, assessed skills simulations, placement portfolio, assessment of direct practice and a dissertation or work-based project.



Student employability

The Course will enhance student employability in a variety of ways. Sound work-based practice and values will be established and strengthened during the the two year FdSc/Apprenticeship. This includes the ability to meet deadlines, to prepare well, and to communicate effectively within a professional context. Fundamental to this is the consistent analysis, within the course’s design and delivery, of the workplace and classroom. Thus, students enhance their employability by using and developing a range of different skills in different contexts, and by bringing learning from one context to the other.

Student employability remains a high priority which reflects both university aspirations and the vocationally focused nature of the course. The University’s dedicated Career and Employability Services ensures that students can receive support and guidance relevant to their own particular situation and employment ambitions.

Graduate destinations

Graduates are expected to seek employment working in statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations. Examples of the types of paid employment in health and social care contexts include:

  • Care services
  • Advice and guidance services
  • Police and probation
  • Advocacy and rights-based services
  • Preventative health, care and welfare services
  • Housing support services
  • Health care provision

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

How to apply