Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

On completion of this Healthcare Assistant Practitioner apprenticeship standard, the apprentice will be a competent and job-ready Assistant Practitioner in the health sector. The apprenticeship standard provides a high-level description of the skills, knowledge, values and behaviours required of the Assistant Practitioner apprentice.

Assistant Practitioners work as part of the wider health and social care team and have direct contact with patients, service users or clients providing high quality and compassionate care. Seen as a natural progression route, Assistant Practitioners work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding of factors that influence health and ill-health including anatomy and physiology.

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. Upon successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.

End-Point Assessment Components

  • Multiple Choice and Short Answer Test
  • Observation of Practice
  • Reflective Journal and Interview

Multiple Choice and Short Answer Test

The multiple choice and short answer test covers all knowledge requirements within the standard with 40 multiple choice questions in place followed by 4 short answer questions. Questions within the test will cover all the knowledge aspects of the standard including principles and philosophy of health and social care and the physiology, organisation and function of the human body.

Observation of Practice

The independent assessor spends a minimum of 90 minutes observing the apprentice during the course of their normal work in their normal place of work. The observation of practice is
undertaken to assess higher level skills and behaviours. During the observation of practice, the apprentice must be able to complete a variety of tasks including communicate complex sensitive
information through a variety of methods and manage information, keeping accurate records and ensuring confidentiality.

Reflective Journal and Interview

The reflective journal is completed by the apprentice in the 3 months leading up to the end-point assessment. The apprentice reflects on the development of the following components from the apprenticeship standard: Case Management and Supervision and Teaching.

The final interview takes the form of a professional discussion to enable the apprentice to further showcase their knowledge, skills and behaviours. The assessor selects the areas they wish to explore with the apprentice after reviewing responses to the multiple choice /short answer test, the reflective journal and the outcome of the observation of practice.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner apprenticeship standard, check out our factsheets page or alternatively you can find more information via the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard

Duration: 18-24 months
LARS Number: 102
Standard Number: ST0215
Level: 5
Funding Band: 15 (£12,000)
  • A regulated Level 5 Occupational Competence Qualification
Functional Skills:
  • Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English
  • Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics
Industry Requirements:
  • Care Certificate
  • Reflective Journal


  • Payable at Registration: £300 (25%)*
  • Payable at Gateway: £900 (75%)**

(+£100 surplus if Face to Face Learning Journal/Interview)

Payment Terms: Training Qualifications UK will invoice for payment at the registration phase (25%) and upon the gateway process (75%). Payment terms 30 days.
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*25% registration fee is transferrable to a new registration should an apprentice withdraw from the apprenticeship. Upon receipt apprentices, employers and training providers will gain access to the TQUK EPA management suite, our end-point assessment information packs, mock examinations, study tips, revision guides, training logs and self-assessment forms.

**75% fee paid at gateway in non-refundable as we anticipate that once the apprentice has passed through gateway they will be ready to undertake the end-point assessment elements. If the 75% payable upon gateway is not paid within 30 days of invoice we, as the EPAO, will put a hold on any end-point assessment activities being undertaken and any certification processes.

Training Qualifications UK offers one free re-sit per multiple-choice test where included within a standard. Element assessments re-sits will be charged per assessment and standard

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