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Healthcare Science Practitioner (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship - Level 6

Integrated degree

Gain a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science whilst you're on your apprenticeship journey

Career paths

Choose your desired career path in either Blood, Genetic, Cellular or Infection Sciences

Future ready

Qualification allows you to apply to the Health and Care Professions as a Biomedical Scientist upon graduation

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 4 years.
Start date(s):

September start

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Study an engaging Healthcare Science programme with the chance to specialise in either Blood Sciences, Genetic Sciences, Cellular Sciences or Infection Sciences.

Biomedical scientists, as Healthcare Science Practitioners 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 practice autonomously, use scientific and clinical judgement, and deal with ambiguity. Their work impacts directly on safe and effective patient care, and they contribute to the supervision and training of trainee practitioners and the pathology support workforce.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the National School of Healthcare Science, and is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council

in 2018 the programme won the NHS England Chief Scientific Officer's award for Excellence in Education Delivery, together with the Advancing Healthcare Awards, for Inspiring the Future Biomedical Science Workforce

Who is it for?

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.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science in either Blood Sciences, Genetic Sciences, Cellular Sciences or Infection Sciences depending upon the host laboratory.

Course content

There will be a range of units which will run for the length of the course.


Year 1 Modules:

  • Bioscience Concepts and Practice
  • Building Blocks of Life
  • Structure and Function

Year 2 Modules:

  • Biology of Disease
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cell Biology and Immunology
  • Physiological Function
  • Biochemistry and Blood Science
  • Professional Practice for Biomedical Science

Year 3 Modules:

  • Public health
  • Infection Science
  • Clinical Case Study
  • Contemporary issues in Biomedical Science
  • Applied Healthcare Science
  • Professional Practice and Placement

Year 4 Modules:

  • Diagnostic Healthcare Science
  • Research Project
  • Good Scientific and Clinical Practice

Professional accreditation

Council: Health and Care Professional Council

This qualification confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions as a Biomedical Scientist upon graduation.

Entry requirements

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 (the equivalent of IELTS of at least 7.0, with no element below 6.5) and undergo a Disclosure and Barring check.


Levy paying organisations pay from their digital account at a rate of £6,750 per year for 4 years, the programme falls within funding band 15. Non-levy paying organisations will cover 5% of the total cost of the programme at a rate of £675 per year for 4 years.

Delivery and assessment


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.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


A career as a Health Science Practitioner offers a wealth of opportunities, such as career progression and tackling the fields of Blood, Genetic, Cellular and Infection sciences.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship you can apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist working within a clinical pathology laboratory setting.

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.