This apprenticeship has been developed through employer consultation, ensuring that the design and delivery meets the needs of employers and apprentices. Delivered using a blended learning format that offers the flexibility for learners to study around occupational requirements.
The successful completion of this two-year apprenticeship will lead to the award of a Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science. Delivered as part of the level 4 apprenticeship standard for Healthcare Science Associates this apprenticeship will provide the development of skills and knowledge required of a band 4 Healthcare Science Associate.
The successful completion of this programme also provide the opportunity to progress studies onto the level 6 Healthcare Science Practice Degree Apprenticeship, supporting professional development into a band 5 Healthcare Science Practitioner or Biomedical Scientist role.
The Healthcare Science (HCS) Associate workforce supports the work of colleagues in performing high quality, safe diagnostic, therapeutic, technical investigations and scientific procedures to support patient care.
Healthcare scientists can work directly in patient care and other indirect roles, either providing information for, or being part of multi professional teams. This programme is embedded in clinical practice and promotes the development of competency in the relevant role specific specialisms. This programme is currently designed for Pathology laboratory staff working in life science specialist areas.