Assistant Practitioners will have completed (or be working towards) a Level 5 qualification, or a SCQF level 8 qualification in Scotland.
Examples of Level 5 or SCQF 8 qualifications include:
(For more info about different qualification levels, see below)
In addition to the above qualification, you must also:
In the UK, most qualifications taken through work, school, college or university will fit into 1 of 9 levels, or 12 in Scotland.
The higher the level, the harder the qualification. The levels are based on the standards of knowledge, skill and competence needed for each qualification.
Qualifications at the same level can be very different in terms of content and the length of time they take to complete.
To learn more about the different qualification levels:
Duties and responsibilities will vary slightly depending on the role, sector or industry, but a general outline of the role can be found here.
Assistant Practitioners may go on to complete a level 6 qualification such as a Nursing degree (e.g. BSc Hons or BA Degree) which would lead to nursing registration.
Nursing degrees are usually 3 years (full time) but it may be possible for Assistant Practitioners to apply for some accreditation of their prior learning.
For more information about this, enquire at your local university or The Open University.
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