• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: February 2022

Course Overview

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.

What will this course cover?

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:

Attendance and Personal Study

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

Course Details

At Bucks 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.

Learning style

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.

Flexible learning

You'll benefit from flexible learning at Bucks 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.

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 and they can also contact the Programme Lead Jennifer Hanley via jennifer.hanley@bucks.ac.uk who will be happy to help.

Course Modules

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

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £6,900 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

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

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.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

At Bucks we'll develop your skills, techniques and personal qualities. As an Assistant Practitioner you will have skills in leadership and management alongside a strong understanding of 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.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.