Routes in


To become an apprentice as an AHP you must be:  

  • Aged 18 or over – so if you are looking for a second career it’s never too late.  
  • Not already in full-time education 
  • Employed by a Cambridgeshire or Peterborough organisation (part-time and full time) 
  • Live in England 


What is an apprenticeship?  

Our AHP apprenticeships are structured training programmes that will give you the chance to gain valuable experience, whilst having paid employment. You will build up the knowledge and skills required to become a registered AHP with a approved degree.  


How are they funded?  

Apprenticeships are funded by your employer and contributions from the government which means that you will get paid as well have your tuition fees paid for.  


Benefits of applying for an apprenticeship:  

  • You will develop your knowledge & skills
  • Build a career pathway
  • Gain a qualification at the end of your course
  • Be paid whilst you learn
  • You will also have the benefits of being employed in health and care which include paid holidays (annual leave), support from colleagues and dedicated apprenticeship teams.  


Entry-level jobs

If you are not already a registered practitioner the best way to get into health and care roles or a AHP apprenticeship would be through a entry-level job. With these jobs you usually do not need qualifications to apply for these roles.

On successful employment you then can gain valuable experience, insight, and knowledge by undertaking training that can help you gain appropriate qualifications and points to undertake an accredited course, apprenticeship or degree.


Although there are no set entry requirements for these roles. Employers expect good numeracy and literacy and some experience or qualifications in health or social care. Employers will ask for GCSEs in English and MathsScience may also be useful. Employers may ask for an NVQ, BTEC or equivalent qualification in health and social care or healthcare. 

Employers often ask for relevant work experience. Even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, either in paid employment or voluntary work. If you’re applying for a role in the NHS you’ll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work.  

Maths & English  

Don’t worry if you don’t have Maths and English, once in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough employment some employers offer these courses for free. Once gaining Maths and English with experience in your roles you can apply for an apprenticeship pathway.   

Examples of entry-level posts

Occupational therapy support workers help people who struggle with day-to-day activities to live a full and independent life. 

Assistant practitioners are experienced staff working in support roles, alongside qualified healthcare professionals. To train as an assistant practitioner, you have to be working in the NHS, often in a clinical support role such as healthcare assistant, dietetic assistant or maternity support worker. 

Dietetic assistants are vital in helping people with their diet and nutrition. They help people by advising them on how their food choices can lead to more fulfilling and healthier lives. 

Physiotherapy assistants make a difference to the lives of our patients every day by helping them recover from a range of illnesses and conditions. It is also a route to becoming a physiotherapist.  

Radiography assistants and imaging support workers are crucial cogs in the diagnosis and treatment of NHS patients.