Healthcare Assistant Practitioner (L5) | Pearson qualifications

New apprenticeships Healthcare Assistant Practitioner (L5)

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About the role

This apprenticeship has been designed to be taken by anyone wanting to work as a Healthcare Assistant Practitioner. Healthcare Assistant Practitioners work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health.

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We provide a clear learning programme to take apprentices from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

You can use our on-programme offer regardless of whether you are using Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation or not.


The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England (Assistant Practitioner) is referenced against the Higher Apprenticeship Standard for the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner, published by the Institute for Apprenticeships, and can be taken as part of the on-programme element of the standard.

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practise for England

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) started delivering BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England in 2019, shortly after the qualification was launched, and are the first Trust in the UK to deliver this qualification.

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In order to meet the apprenticeship standard apprentices will be required to hold or achieve:

  • Minimum of Level 2 English
  • Minimum of Level 2 maths
  • Complete the 15 standards required by the Care Quality Commission
  • A regulated Level 5 Occupational Competence Qualification

The on-programme pace will be driven by the apprentice as well as by the breadth of experience an employer can offer prior to the minimum of 18months, after which end-point assessment will take place.


As both a vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.


English and maths resources
We have a wide range of resources and useful tools to complement your programme, including assessment tools, podcasts and training events.

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End-point assessment

End-point assessment

As an ESFA-approved Assessment Organisation, we provide a full range of assessment services, resources and support from our experienced EPA team to equip you and your learners with the diverse requirements of the apprenticeship standards.

You can use Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation, regardless of whether you choose to use our on-programme offer or not.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has announced Covid-19 temporary discretions for the three healthcare standards including this one. These agreed temporary discretions relate specifically to the observation assessment. Please see the guidance below:

Specification and resources

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There are three components that make up end-point assessment:

  • Multiple choice and short answer questions test
  • An observation of practise
  • Review of portfolio of evidence and interview

Each component of end-point assessment is graded. Apprentices will also receive a grade for the overall end-point assessment. This will be Pass/Merit/Distinction

Multiple choice test
The multiple choice and short answer test will be designed to cover all the knowledge requirements within the standard. Apprentices will have 90 minutes to answer 40 1 mark questions and 4 short answer questions worth 5 marks each. The questions will cover the following areas:

  • Principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • Physiology, organisation and function of the human body
  • Lifespan developments and healthcare needs from prenatal to end of life/bereavement
  • Research and development in the health and social care sector to inform and improve quality of care
  • Provision and promotion of holistic person centred care and support, duty of care and safeguarding of individuals
  • Importance of the strategic environment in health and social care and the implications for the individuals
  • Importance of current evidence based practice within scope of the role

The test will be graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction based on the number of marks achieved.

Observation of practise
The Independent Assessor will spend a minimum of 90 minutes observing the apprentice during their normal course of work in their normal workplace.

The Independent Assessor will be observing the apprentice:

  • Communicating complex sensitive information through a variety of methods
  • Managing information, keeping accurate records and ensuring confidentiality
  • Using and promoting a range of techniques to prevent the spread of infection including hand hygiene, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and waste management
  • Promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment
  • Identifying and managing risks
  • Demonstrating and promoting what it means in practice to provide person centred care and support
  • Treating people with dignity, respecting individual's diversity, beliefs, culture, values, needs, privacy and preferences
  • Showing respect and empathy for those they work with; having the courage to challenge areas of concern and working to best practice; being adaptable, reliable and consistent
  • Showing discretion and self awareness
  • Promoting effective inter-professional and multidisciplinary team working with peers, colleagues and staff from other agencies
  • Providing appropriate leadership within the scope of the role
  • Undertaking defined clinical or therapeutic interventions appropriately delegated by a Registered Practitioner

The observation can take place in one session or in a number of bitesize observations. It is anticipated, that where possible, the observation will be completed on the same day.

The observation is ungraded above a pass.

Review of portfolio of evidence and interview
The interview will be between the Independent Assessor and the apprentice and will last for a minimum of 30 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to enable the apprentice to further showcase their knowledge, skills and behaviours from across the Standard. The Independent Assessor checks and clarifies any matters arising from the multiple choice/short answer test results, the reflective journal and from the observation of practice.

This element will be graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Our range of EPA resources such as EPA specification, additional resources document and practice knowledge test are designed to enhance learners’ knowledge and/or hone essential skills required.

They are available to our customers who have signed up to Pearson EPA and include information on:

  • Structure
  • Grading
  • Gateway requirements
  • Assessment content
  • Evidence requirement for each component

We have designed a step-by-step guide, with signposts to our key supporting information, resources and services available at every stage of the process.

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Digital credentials

Apprentices who achieve their End-point Assessment for this standard will be invited to claim their Credly digital badge.

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Training and support

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