Healthcare Professions Support HTQ Level 5

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    Septmeber 2024


Embark on a fulfilling career as an Assistant Practitioner, an indispensable component of the vibrant health and social care team. Engage directly with patients, service users, or clients, providing top-notch, compassionate care. Elevated above healthcare support workers, Assistant Practitioners possess a profound understanding of factors influencing health, encompassing anatomy and physiology. This role is meticulously crafted to meet individual service needs, a culmination of localised employer initiatives.

Upon completing this qualification, you'll not only acquire fundamental skills but also gain the knowledge and values essential to thrive as an Assistant Practitioner. Immerse yourself in diverse work activities, from comprehensive patient assessments to orchestrating care and mastering advanced clinical skills like catheterisation, wound care, and discharge planning. The opportunities are extensive – whether in cancer services, physiotherapy, mental health, social care, or diverse hybrid roles breaking free from traditional occupational boundaries.

As an Assistant Practitioner, you'll consistently cultivate additional skills and knowledge, adapting to your employer's specifications and the distinctive requirements of your clinical or professional sphere. Unleash your potential and leave a lasting impact in the ever-evolving realm of health and social care.

Discover your capabilities through Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) – globally acknowledged qualifications spanning levels 4 and 5, equivalent to the initial two years of a degree. Taking your qualifications to new heights, the incorporation of the Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) quality mark signifies your extra development in collaboration with employers, aligning seamlessly with Occupational Standards.

What will I do?

Year 1.

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
  • Principles of Health Education
  • Effective Healthcare Practice Using Maths
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2.

  • Innovation and Improvement through Participatory Action Research
  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice
  • Planning Care in Practice
  • Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Long-term Health Conditions
  • Team and Individual Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching Others
  • End of Life Care Planning and Support
  • Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Practice

You will also be required to complete 450 hours of work placement activities across the 2 years in a health and/or social care role providing direct care and support to service users. During this placement, you will require a supervisor in the setting who will direct and oversee your development, providing evidence for your portfolio. Therefore, it is advised that you are either employed or volunteering in this areas upon application.

In order to study the Healthcare Assistant HTQ you will need to have at least one of the below:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject)
  • A T-level in Health
  • A-levels which demonstrate strong performance and subject related knowledge. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grade profile of grade 4 or above in key subjects such as Maths and English
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Related work experience

It is strongly recommended that you are employed or volunteering in a work placement to meet the requirement of 450 hours across the 2 years of the qualification. This must be in a health and/or social care role providing direct care to service users. You will need a supervisor in your setting who can oversee your continued development and provide evidence for your portfolio.

The Healthcare Assistant HTQ will take you 2 years to complete. Starting in September 2024, you will attend out Boston Campus (Rochford) studying two-days per week. Delivery will blend face to face and online/self-directed delivery.

The Healthcare Assistant HTQ will cost: Β£7100.
Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information. You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in College can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Line on 01205 313218.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

There are a diverse range of assessment methods incorporated into this HTQ course, designed to enhance your learning experience. These assessments encompass:

  • Hands-on practical evaluations
  • Compilation of comprehensive portfolios showcasing your evidence
  • Proficiency in data analysis
  • Engaging case studies
  • Crafting articulate written reports
  • Dynamic assignments
  • Captivating presentations
  • Integration of work-based evidence, accompanied by employer verification statements

This HTQ enables students to specialise in particular career paths and offers progression routes towards degree-level studies.

Potential careers in this field include:

  • Healthcare support worker
  • Assistant or nursing roles in various specializations such as adult and community nursing, clinical support, midwifery support, and rehabilitation services

Due to the nature of the work placements and the industry this course is connected to, you will need to purchase and enhanced DBS check.

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