This Foundation Degree is for adult learners already working within the NHS in a clinical support worker role, with at least one year clinical experience in acute, mental health or other clinical support worker roles. It offers the opportunity to develop your clinical and professional skills and to understand the theory underpinning your practice.
Throughout the course both clinical and academic teaching across modules have equal weighting. The course is designed to support you in your learning as a reflective practitioner therefore you will be able to apply your learning directly to your work.
You’ll be taught by friendly and supportive staff with experience in working with adult learners who also have substantial professional experience within the sector. From your initial enquiry and throughout your studies with us you’ll benefit from our student support service, which provides advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events.
Three core strands run throughout the foundation degree:
- Professional working – developing your understanding of the context and nature of work as an assistant practitioner and of your professional skills in the role.
- Clinical practice – developing clinical skills and competencies in a range of settings relevant to your role.
- Clinical knowledge – understanding core concepts in human biology that underpin healthcare practice, with the opportunity for additional specialism in mental health issues.
The professional working and clinical practice strands are delivered via compulsory modules at both levels. For the clinical knowledge strand all students undertake a compulsory biology module at level 1 and then choose either further study of biology or a mental health module at level 2. The academic content is supported with clinical placements where you can develop and apply your knowledge and understanding.
You will also study 20 credits of discovery modules. These can be chosen from a range of subject areas across the University and will provide you with the opportunity to broaden learning or focus on an area of particular interest.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|LLLC1400||Biological Knowledge for Assistant Practitioners 1||30|
|LLLC1410||Healthcare Practice for Assistant Practitioners 1||60|
|LLLC1420||Clinical and Reflective Practice for Assistant Practitioners 1||30|
|ODLM1000||Studying in a digital age||5|
|LLLC2271||Healthcare Practice for Assistant Practitioners 2||60|
|Clinical and Reflective Practice for Assistant Practitioners 2|
|LLLC2270||Biological Knowledge for Assistant Practitioners 2||20|
|LLLC2272||Mental Healthcare and Assistant Practitioners||20|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.
Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, group presentations and examinations. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: 5 GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above which must include English and maths (or equivalent).
NVQ 3 or Level 3 Diploma in a health-related topic
Additional entry criteria
- This course is only open to NHS employees working in the area covered by Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber.
- Applicants should currently be working in, or about to start work in, an appropriate area of clinical practice and have written support from their manager.
- DBS (criminal record) and Occupational Health clearance must be in place before you start the programme.
Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information #contact the LLC Admissions Team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre. Application is via your line manager in the first instance.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: Not applicable
Fees are currently met by your NHS employer.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.
A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. Graduates of this course will have a solid platform for career development and further study. The course has been developed to meet workforce development needs identified by Healthcare trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region. As a Foundation Degree graduate you would be able to assume responsibility to deliver delegated elements of protocol-based health and social care and undertake clinical work in areas previously only within the remit of registered healthcare providers.
On successful completion of this course you will be able to apply for a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner role or progress to a further year of study at the University to achieve a relevant BA honours degree. There is also the option for students to progress to the second year of a nursing degree, on successful completion of the Foundation Degree.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
- explore their career options
- develop or enhance their employability skills
- gain work or voluntary experience
- prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
- find and apply for jobs