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Course Outline

Electronic Pack
Video tutorials
Workshop days at venue
Essay submission4000 words
Competency booklet
Notional study time600 hours
Credits60 level 4

This 40 week course of self-directed study uses a combination of our electronic distance learning pack, video tutorials and tutor-led classroom sessions. Support from our tutors is available throughout the course. Students may print their pack or download to any Kindle device or app in order to access it offline.

This module aims to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills that underpin the role of the primary health care assistant. It is especially relevant for those working in a primary care environment who wish to expand their role and enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to working as a primary health care assistant.

The content covers the administrative, practical and clinical matters to enable the student to assist health care professionals in their clinical activities

The course forms the core module of our Certificate in Higher Education (Cert. HE) Primary Care but may also be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

Suitable For

People working within a primary care environment for a minimum of 8 hours a week. They must be supported by a named registered nurse mentor. As part of the assessment involves writing an essay, it is important that students have a good ability to write clearly in English.


Teesside University UCAPD Primary Health Care Assistant 60 credits Level 4

Content Includes

  • The evolving role of the Health Care Assistant in Primary Care
  • Core principles and values for person-centred care
  • Accountability and delegation (Legal and ethical issues)
  • Patients’ rights (consent, confidentiality, dignity, equality and diversity, safeguarding)
  • Methods of communication, data protection and record keeping
  • Clinical skills and competencies including relevant national guidelines and policies
  • Health and safety
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Personal development

Dates & Locations

Start Date
26 May 2022
40 weeks
26 May 2022
Classroom session (09:00 - 16:30)
27 May 2022
Classroom session (09:00 - 16:30)
8 September 2022
Classroom session (09:00 - 16:30)
2 March 2023
Essay submission


Competencies completed in practice and signed off by the registered nurse mentor

A 4,000 word essay.

For more details about how the assessment works for University accredited courses, please see our FAQs section here.

Very informative, friendly tutors, made the course enjoyable.

Student, Crow Trees

Always find courses at PCTC very good. Tutors always go above and beyond to make sure you understand.

Student, Crow Trees