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NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare

Health, Public Services and Care, Health

Level 5
Minimum entry age
Credit Value

What does this qualification cover?

The Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an Assistant Practitioner. The qualification also maps to the Assistant Practitioner (Health) Apprenticeship Standard where the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare is a mandated qualification.

The qualification covers a wide range of units which have been categorised around the following six themes:

Theme 1: Principles and philosophy of healthcare
Theme 2: Working with others
Theme 3: Person-centred practice for positive outcomes
Theme 4: Safe ways of working
Theme 5: Clinical activities and interventions
Theme 6: Professional development.

Who is it suitable for?

The qualification is suitable for those currently working in an assistant/practitioner role in an appropriate setting.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but learners will need to be at least 19 years of age. It is also recommended that they hold a Level 3 or above qualification in a related area. We do not set any other entry requirements, but Centres may have their own guidelines.

For Apprenticeships, the latest standards document should be consulted to ensure that all Apprenticeship conditions are achieved and evidenced.

How is this qualification structured?

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 120 credits from all 20 mandatory units.

How is it assessed?

All units will be internally assessed using an Assessment of Learning. A range of methods can be applied which could include: direct observation of practice, professional discussion, work product or a portfolio of evidence.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

The qualification can usually be completed within 18–24 months.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

To be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills, learners will need to be working in an assistant/practitioner role in an appropriate setting to be able to study for the qualification.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the qualification, learners may work as an Assistant Practitioner in a range of areas. These include:

• Cancer Services
• Mental Health
• Social Care
• Learning Disabilities
• Hospice Care
• Physiotherapy
• Genito-Urinary Medicine
• Orthopaedics
• Occupational Therapy.

The qualification could also provide evidence for a personal statement to enable learners to enter Higher Education in a related area.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Upon completion, learners will have acquired the knowledge and skills and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner in healthcare settings.

Learner Overview

This document contains all the information learners need to know if they’re considering taking an Advanced Learner Loan to complete this qualification.

Qualification Specification

This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Key Facts

This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the Centre, learner and employer.

Mapping to Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard

This document details how this qualification maps to the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard and National Occupational Standards.

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