This apprenticeship has been designed to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to apply for registration as a biomedical scientist working within a clinical pathology laboratory setting.
Biomedical scientists, as Healthcare Science Practitioners (HCSPs) are responsible for the analysis of a wide range of diagnostic tests that contribute to the clinical assessment of patients for the presence of disease, the monitoring of health and the effectiveness of treatments. Within the clinical laboratory setting they are required to use judgement, deal with ambiguity and supervise the training of trainee practitioners and the Healthcare science support workforce.
Healthcare Science Practitioners work in a range of different settings including hospitals, primary care, public health and private sector hospitals.
The typical entry requirement is a UCAS tariff of 112 points although applicants with non-standard qualifications and laboratory experience can apply and will be assessed individually
As a route leading to statutory registration apprentices must demonstrate a good command of reading, writing and spoken English (equivalent of IELTS of at least 7.0, with no element below 6.5) and undergo a Disclose and Barring check.
On successful completion of the course apprentices will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science in either Blood Sciences, Genetic Sciences, Cellular Sciences or Infection Sciences depending upon the host laboratory.
The apprenticeship typically runs for four years.
Programmes begin in September of each year.
The programme is delivered using a variety of methods, primarily a blend of on-line and workplace learning together with study days based within the Science Centre at our Stoke-on-Trent campus.
Weekly on-line learning materials, discussion boards and collaborative activities will be provided together with integrated work-based activities.
There are frequent online interactions between the tutor, teaching staff and fellow students supported by on-campus study days in which apprentices will undertake laboratory practicals, tutorials and collaborative sessions.
There are nine study days per year for the first two years, dropping to six in year three and three during the final year.
A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used across the modules including portfolio course work, workplace competency assessments, assignments and exams.
Apprentices achieve the BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science that includes an integrated End Point Assessment to complete the apprenticeship. In addition, apprentices work towards completing the Institute of Biomedical Science Registration Portfolio which confers eligibility to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist.
Levy paying organisations pay from their digital accountat a rate of £6,750 per year for 4 years, the programme falls within funding band 15. Non-levy paying organisations will cover 10% of the total cost of the programme at a rate of £675 per year for 4 years.
There will be a range of units which will run for the length of the course.
|Year 1 Scientific Basis||Bioscience Concepts and Practice||Building Blocks of Life||Structure and Function|
|Year 2 Techniques and Methods||Biology of Disease||Molecular Genetics||Cell Biology and Immunology||Physiological Function||Biochemistry and Blood Science||Professional Practice for Biomedical Science|
|Year 3 Techniques and Methods||Public Health||Infection Science||Clinical Case Study||Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Science||Applied Healthcare Science||Professional Practice and Placement|
|Year 4 Application to practice||Diagnostic Healthcare Science||Research Project||Good Scientific and Clinical Practice|