Paraplanner Apprenticeship Level 4 Guide

In the world of finance there is now an increased demand for paraplanners. So, if you have an interest in finance then this may be the perfect apprenticeship for you considering the need for more paraplanners. In this article, I will be going over the duties of a paraplanner, the qualifications and finally post-apprenticeship opportunities.

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Duties of a Paraplanner Apprenticeship

As a paraplanner apprentice, you will be making sure everything is going smoothly and not just grabbing coffee. The main role of the paraplanner is to assist your financial advisor in different areas, such as researching, analysing and any financial reports. You will also have to check out client portfolios and schedule any client meetings that may arise.

The Qualifications Needed for Paraplanner Apprenticeship

To be able to start the apprenticeship there are a few different things you will need to bear in mind. The first is that you will be required to complete the Certificate in Paraplanning from the Professional Bodies. This will be either the Chartered Insurance Institute or the FPSB UK / The Institute of Financial Planning.

The CII Certificate will include four exams:
• Financial Service Regulation & Ethics (R01)
• Investment Principles & Risk (R02)
• Personal Taxation (R03)
• Paraplanning (J09)

Meanwhile, the FPSB UK’s Certificate will include the following:
• Principles of Financial Planning
• Personal Taxation Paper

You will also have to ensure you have a level 2 English and Maths before the End Point Assessment. However, people with education must have a level 3 as it’s a requirement.

Post-Apprenticeship Opportunities

Once you have finished the apprenticeship, there are many options available to you! A decent portion of apprentices actually become a full time paraplanner while some attempt to complete the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in which they level up their professional standard. You branch out and work in retirement planning or investment management. Some people even go ahead and get a finance degree.


The paraplanner apprenticeship is where you learn the ropes and get firsthand experience with a financial advisor. By doing this apprenticeship you will gain valuable experience which can propel your career!

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Embarking on a Noble Journey: The Path to Becoming a Level 6 Therapeutic Radiographer Apprentice

The transition to a career in health care is very complex, and not only does it give you professional opportunity but also the chance to make an impact on people’s lives. In this digital apprenticeship, you will have the opporuntity to acquire a multitude of skills. One of the best apprenticeships you can undertake, you will not only further your career, but be playing a vital part in the healthcare industry. The role of a therapeutic radiologist offers an unusual combination of scientific, skill and human qualities to those who are passionate about both technology and compassionate care. We’re going to look at the intriguing world of therapeutic radiographer training in this blog post, and we are going to take a close look at exciting aspects of these noble professions. You’re daily duties will typically consist of the following:

  • External beam radiotherapy, a method for delivering a beam, or several beams, of high energy X-rays to cancer cells
  • Brachytherapy, a form of radiotherapy where a sealed radiation source, eg in a needle or tube, is placed inside or next to cancer cells
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy/radiosurgery which delivers multiple beams of focused radiation
  • Proton therapy, a type of particle therapy that uses a beam of protons to deliver a radiation dose to cancer cells
  • Superficial skin radiotherapy, which uses X-rays or electrons to deliver a radiation dose to cancer cells.

Being a Therapeutic Radiographer is a nobel profession to undertake. It will entail forming many intimate relationships with those in your care, requiring you to maintain a level of professionailsm and empathy throughout. Here are a few pointers to bare in mind of how to best conduct yourself:

  • Practise safely and effectively within the scope of practice and within the legal and ethical boundaries of the profession.
  • Look after own health and wellbeing, seeking appropriate support where necessary.
  • Practise as an autonomous professional, exercising professional judgement.
  • Practise in a non-discriminatory and inclusive manner recognising the impact of culture, equality and diversity.
  • Communicate effectively, maintaining confidentiality and records appropriately.
  • Work appropriately with others.

Required Qualifications

English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other mandatory qualifications

BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography or (where the apprentice already holds a level 6 honours degree) a pre-registration MSc in Therapeutic Radiography approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Duration (months):


Skills You Will Develop

  • Identify the limits of own practice and when to seek advice or refer to another professional or service.
  • Recognise the need to manage own workload and resources safely and effectively, including managing the emotional burden that comes with working in a pressured environment.
  • Keep own skills and knowledge up to date. Z
  • Maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct.

What Will You Achieve

Within 36 months you will achieve the Level 6 Diploma in Therapeutic Radiography.


Embarking on a Therapeutic Radiographer apprenticeship is not just a career choice; it’s a commitment to excellence, compassion, and the pursuit of knowledge. You’ve got yourself on a beautiful journey that will change the life of those who need it most, as you try to balance technology and humanity. Be ready to embark on a journey combining innovativeness, empathy and the possibility of being an important role model in health care.

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Level 4 Healthcare Associate Apprenticeships: Start your journey today

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What is the day to day of a Level 4 Healthcare Associate Apprenticeships?

Are you a compassionate; honest; conscientious person in the pursuit of starting to develop your career and skills? In the ever-evolving field of health care you will gain experience in a variety of settings these include; working in hospitals, primary care units and other healthcare settings. In these settings, you will be able to demonstrate your skills and caring nature to help support all colleagues and patients. Level 4 Healthcare Associate Apprenticeships play a vital role in performing high-quality, safe diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring of scientific procedures.

Day-to-day of a Level 4 Healthcare Associate:

  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team within the limits of their competence.
  • Confidence to reach out for help and support whenever required.
  • Understand the requirements of Good Scientific Practice.
  • Adhere to employers’ policies and protocols to guarantee safety within the working environment.
  • Work effectively within a team acting as a role model to junior staff members.
  • Support the development and maintenance of standards.
  • Focus on key areas such as, safety of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
  • Supporting junior staff to help with quality control of biological samples and physiological tests.
  • Performing routine investigations and the managing of biological data.

Entry requirements for Level 4 Healthcare Associate Apprenticeships Scheme:

You are required to have completed Level 3 Diploma in HCS as an underpinning qualification for the HCS Associate Apprenticeship.

You will be required to have a level 2 in English and Maths prior to taking your end-point-assessment. This can be completed after starting the Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate programme.

What you will achieve:

Within 24 months you will achieve the Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science Associate Programme. On successful completion you will be eligible to join the Academy for HCS’s accredited Associate Register. Once achieving this qualification you will be able to apply for roles falling into the Band 4 category going from assistant to associate level.

Skills you will develop:

  • Maintain the highest standards of Professional Practice and Person-centred Care
  • Reflect on your Personal and Progression Development
  • Maintain standards of Health, Safety and Security
  • Lead quality management
  • Technical scientific Services
  • Take responsibility for delivering high quality client care
  • Partake in audit and service improvements
  • Undertake research and innovation and support quality improvements.
  • Demonstration of leadership skills, focusing on leading teams and individuals.
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Assessment Criteria for Healthcare Associate Apprenticeship:

The assessment criteria is broken down into three phase, to complete the final EPA you must be ready to gateway. As a result, you must have your level 2 English and Maths and Level Healthcare Diploma, a completed portfolio and evidence of continued professional development. Once this is complete you are ready to complete the final 3 elements of assessment listed below:

Element 1: Vocational Competence Observation (VCO) 30 mins (10 mins per task) plus 15 minutes for discussion and recording.

Element 2: Professional Practice Test (PPT) 40 mins for apprentice to undertake the test under exam conditions; 20 minutes for discussion; 15 mins for all responses to be assessed and recorded.

Element 3: Professional discussion (PD) informed by the evidence presented 30 minutes plus 15 minutes to complete assessment record.

If you have any questions or require more information regarding the assessment criteria visit the link here.


The Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate Apprenticeship programmes offers a rewarding pathway into a healthcare career. The apprenticeship provides you with the opportunity to learn and develop your skills and study whilst working in a safe and supportive environment, as well as gaining real hands on experience. With the opportunity to earn whilst you learn and make industry connection which will help develop your future career, it is an unmissable opportunity. As the healthcare industry continues to develop and grow, you will be apart of influencing and managing positive change. As a result you will be able to implement positive impact on society by supporting through audits and quality control measures.

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