Physician Associate (Level 7)




Physician Associate

Training Provider

University of Central Lancashire

48 months
Most Suitable For
Those wanting to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a Physician Associate.
Level 7 Physician Associate Degree Apprenticeship Award and a Master's Degree (MSc) in Physician Associate
Programme Cost

£17,000. For non-levy paying employers only 5% (£850) contribution required to be paid, or potential for full 100% levy transfer (£0).

Additional Funding
For all Employers:
• If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here.
• The following are available for apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2023 – 31 July 2024 (full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules):
  1. £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 to 18 years’ old, OR aged 19 to 24 years’ old and has an education health and care (EHC) plan/been in the care of their local authority.
  2. Gov will fund 100% of the tuition fee if employer supports a young apprentice AND has fewer than 50 employees.
Start Date
This course is awaiting validation. The university are aiming to offer intakes from September 2024 (information events and applications will be available in 2024)
Teaching Delivery
Key Learning Requirements
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), which are detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. These are achieved by;
1) Programme Teaching; TBC
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up
3) Learning in the workplace; shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned work based projects, day-to-day development within your current role duties/work activities, reflections with mentor, relevant training sessions.
4) Placements; External placements are required for this programme. Within the University planner, time mapped for placements are fixed. External placements are to be facilitated by the employer, the university will discuss this with the employer at application stage.
This programme has fixed module delivery (you are unable to choose the modules studied). A list of modules is available on the course webpage or course materials.
Placements are required.
Apprentices will be assessed throughout the programme by assignments, observations/evaluations and End Point Assessment.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
This information is subject to change following course validation.
• Employed 30 hours or more per week for the duration of the apprenticeship. The apprenticeship duration may be extended to support staff who work less than this (will be looked at on individual basis)
• English and Maths at GCSE grade C/4/Functional Skills Level 2/Equivalent or above are required at application stage due to the nature and level of the programme. An initial diagnostic assessment will also be completed by the Training Provider at application stage. If the candidate does not have the required certificates for either Maths and/or English, please contact the Training Hub Apprenticeship Team for options.
• An honours degree in a bioscience or health related subject. Other and non-standard qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Must be an NMC Registered Nurse/Midwife or HPC Registered AHP.
• All applications must be accompanied by a reference.
• All applicants must provide a satisfactory enhanced DBS check or international equivalent.
• All successful applicants will need to undergo occupational health screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to enrolment
Full requirements and details are found on the course webpage/information.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship
• Qualified Physician Associate or Doctor to mentor the apprentice, who is a qualified mentor/ trainer.
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
Higher Procurement - National Physician Associate (an awarded provider for North West)
Application Timescale
It takes on average 2 – 3 months to complete all application stages for this programme.
If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• Physician Associate Training and Resources; Visit our profession webpage for more information on the role in Primary Care, plus training, support and resources for qualified professionals (some training is available for trainees). 
• Placement Support; Once on programme, the Placement Manager will try to facilitate placement arrangements, but placements are not guaranteed.
Social Care Employees:
Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCSC Training Hub such as training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
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Programme Resources

How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023