You must have the support of your employer for the work-based module Enhancing your healthcare practice (K117). It is also a requirement that you:
- remain in employment while studying towards this certificate
- work in a healthcare setting for a minimum of two days per week
- are involved in the direct delivery of care or providing interventions for patients/clients
- provide confirmation of your employer’s support for your studies
- have a workplace supervisor qualified in the same area of practice to support and assess your work-based learning
- have access to a computer and the internet.
Please note you cannot apply online for this qualification – for more information about how to register, employers and individuals should contact us.
This certificate also forms part of the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice. The Foundation Degree meets the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) as determined by the Sector Skills Council (Skills for Health). It is eligible as a combined pathway within the Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) in England only.
Employers who would be interested in exploring the potential for delivery of this Higher Apprenticeship should contact HSC-NP-Queries@open.ac.uk in the first instance.
How much time do I need?
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner
- Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
- This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Counting previous study
You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification, if you have:
- already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
- other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
Find out more about credit transfer
Preparing for study with an Access module
If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:
- a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
- support from a dedicated team throughout your study
- detailed written feedback.
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