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FDSc Assistant Practitioner (Adult)

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge / Aylesbury
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: February 2022
Whether you see yourself working in a residential or nursing homes, with voluntary organisations, special schools or GP surgeries,  we can help you develop your skills, techniques and personal qualities, giving you the potential to progress your career.
You will gain skills in leadership and management alongside how to deliver safe and effective care. By the end of the course you will have a strong understanding of the importance of efficiently treating individuals within hospital and community settings. Ultimately you'll be motivated to contribute to improving quality of professional care and support within the UK.
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Why study this subject?

Becoming an Assistant Practitioner means you have skills and experience in a particular area of clinical practice. Although you will not be a registered practitioner, you will have advanced skills and opportunities to continue your training.

Students on this course have a varied degree of experience yet share the ambition to provide high quality care.

This course attracts students eager for a career in settings such as:

  • Nursing homes
  • Residential homes
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Day centres
  • Drop-in centres
  • Special Schools
  • GP surgeries.

Your skills will help the NHS and independent sector meet demands for high quality care. As an Assistant Practitioner you can choose from a wide range of pathways, relevant to your area of work.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At Buckinghamshire New University we have a history of excellence in healthcare education. Our wide range of courses gives students the opportunity to specialise in different areas of interest. We also have close links with our practice partners (local healthcare institutions) and are constantly involved with healthcare research.

You'll study with peers from a range of professional backgrounds. Sharing your experiences and expertise with your peers will enhance your learning and allow you to discuss patient care from a range of perspectives.

What will I study?

This course covers a wide range of areas alongside developing your skills for professional practice, leadership and management.

In year one subjects include: biological basis for health, well-being of people, and understanding reflective practice.

In year two you will study: organisational skills and behaviours, public health, research methods and safe and effective practice.

Students also choose from the following pathways:

You will be expected to attend one day every other week at university, and allocate 15 hours a week for self-directed study.

How will I be taught and assessed?

You'll benefit from flexible learning at Buckinghamshire New University. This course is part-time allowing you to fit your studies around current employment. You'll be able to apply your knowledge to your work immediately and see how your developing skills can make a difference to the lives of others.

Assessment includes a variety of essays, exams and presentations as well as the practice assessment document. You will be taught by experienced Senior Lecturers all of whom have extensive healthcare related backgrounds. We also have teachers for academic writing and maths skills and support is available for students who require reasonable adjustments.

You will also be required to demonstrate your knowledge of clinical skills in your workplace setting. Please find out what is involved before applying for the course.

Useful Information

FDSc Assistant Practitioner Programme Specification.pdf

FDSc Assistant Practitioner FAQs.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

You will also need to be employed as an Assistant Practitioner (or equivalent, for example healthcare support worker) for a minimum of 18 hours per week and to have the support of your employer. (If you join as an apprentice student you will need to be working a minimum of 30 hours a week and be sponsored by your employer).

We welcome mature candidates who may not have the necessary academic qualifications, but have relevant work experience and are able to demonstrate the ability to study at this level.

For non-Apprentices, your employer will need to provide email confirmation to the Admissions team of supporting your application, including confirmation that you work a minimum of 18 hours per week with them and also state that they will provide a mentor to support your learning in your workplace for the duration of the two year programme. Only once this confirmation has been received will you be invited for interview. If your employer has any questions regarding this confirmation, they can refer to the FAQ sheet on this webpage or contact us.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Biological Basis for Health

Wellbeing of People

Understanding Reflective Practice and Enquiry-based Learning

Investigating Work-based Learning and Self-Review

Year 2 Modules

Organisational Skills and Behaviours

Safe and Effective Care

Research Methods for Health and Social Care

Public Health

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£5,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


After this course you can choose to progress to our Professional Practice programme which will develop your skills and expand your knowledge further.

This qualification will boost your CV and make you stand out to potential employers. You are likely to find your advanced and transferable skills will open doors to opportunities to progress in your career in healthcare.

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