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.
Modules will be delivered using a blended learning format which we have developed to provide maximum flexibility for learners to study around the operational requirements of their job roles. Most of the teaching will be delivered asynchronously via the virtual learning environment (Canvas).
This material will consist of recorded lectures by subject experts, slide packs prepared by University staff, and directed materials for self-study including targeted reading from websites, textbooks, and journal articles. Learning will be arranged into two-week blocks and each will feature around:
Learners can complete this work at any time but will be supported by a scheduled one-hour live online tutorial every two weeks to explain the correct answers to the quiz. This session will also allow the apprentices to discuss the material with other learners and ask any questions.
Practical scientific and analytical skills will be delivered through on campus teaching blocks comprising of workshops and laboratory oractocal classes. These will run in blocks, with one in the first year of the programme, and two blocks in the second year.
There are a range of assessment types used that will allow learners to be taught, develop and evidence the range of knowledge, skills and behaviours required in the apprenticeship standard. These include a professional portfolio of work-based learning, MCQ exam, patient information leaflet, and plaboratory report.
Gain the fundamental and professional skills required of a healthcare scientist. Work with real patients and develop an understanding of the patient journey and aspects of their care. Undertake investigations in your own self-awareness and equip yourself with tools for personal development to promote employability, while developing your knowledge and understanding in the field of healthcare science relevant for today's NHS.
Develop the clinical skills required of a healthcare scientist associate by working in an NHS environment relevant to your discipline. You will begin to develop professional knowledge, technical skills and attitudes, values and behaviours required for good scientific practice. You will also become aware of the importance of quality assurance, teamwork, communication and multi-disciplinary working to meet service need and provide high quality patient-centred care.
Develop your understanding of the key biological process which underpin life. You will learn how molecular composition dictates the biological function of organic molecules. You will examine the relationship of cell organelles and their functions with the human genome and how the genetic code is expressed resulting in changes in cell signalling, division, differentiation and death. From this you will develop a basic understanding of the main human physiological systems, and how they interact on a holistic level in order to maintain normal body function. Changes in these systems in response to disease and infection will be introduced, as will an understanding of how the patient’s reaction to illness can be measured by a healthcare scientist
Further your development of clinical skills required of a healthcare scientist associate. You will work in an NHS environment relevant to your discipline to develop more advanced professional knowledge and technical required by the NHS. You will deepen your understanding of importance of quality assurance, teamwork, communication, and multi-disciplinary working to meet service need and provide high quality patient-centred care.
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The programme is work based and, as such, is subject to the apprentice being employed by an organisation throughout the duration of the programme. The employer must confirm apprentices comply with the apprentice eligibility criteria including funding requirements.
Larger organisations can use their apprenticeship levy and government top-up to pay tuition and professional fees of higher apprenticeships. For smaller employers, the government pays 95%, with the remainder co-invested by the business.
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On-campus workshops and laboratory practical classes will be delivered in three blocks of four days across the programme; one in year 1 and two in year 2. The programme team recommends that learners from outside the north-east region may need to seek nearby hotel accommodation for nine nights with an approximate cost of £450.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course maps to the key skills, knowledge and behaviours of the Healthcare Science Associate level 4 apprenticeship standard. There is an opportunity to progress studies to a level 6 Healthcare Science Practice Degree Apprenticeship, entering onto the second year of study. Completion of the Level 6 degree apprenticeship can lead to band 5 roles as a Healthcare Science Practitioner or Biomedical Scientist.