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Healthcare Science Practitioner


The Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship has been developed by a trailblazer group of NHS trusts and services, and higher education providers.

This apprenticeship prepares learners for professional careers in healthcare science by providing the underpinning knowledge, clinical skills, and interpersonal skills the profession demands. The course is intended to develop the potential of employees, and utilise and build upon their existing knowledge in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship standard. The apprenticeship includes a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist education, which leads to a BSc (Honours) Healthcare Science (Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) in line with the National School of Healthcare Science Practitioner Training Programme curriculum.

The apprenticeship provides access to development opportunities for applicants who may already have practical experience in employment but wish to develop their skills further and obtain an academic qualification and professional recognition. It is expected that learners will be able to take the knowledge gained at Sheffield Hallam University and make immediate use of it in the workplace.

If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

Course length and entry requirements

The programme is usually delivered over three years. However, every apprentice is different and it will depend on their previous experience.

Participants attend the University on a block- study basis – four one-week blocks in year one and up to three one-week blocks in years two and three. The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars and discussions, clinical work and further learning opportunities, such as seminars in the workplace.

The integrated end-point assessment checks that the employee meets the apprenticeship standard and is ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Eligible candidates will meet the following entry requirements

  • The usual entry requirements are GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics, English language or literature, and a science subject at grade C or grade 4, or above – plus one of the following
    • 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including at least 32 points in biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable chemistry and biology modules)
    • 96 UCAS points from three A levels (including 32 points in biology). The study of chemistry is useful, but not essential. We do not accept general studies.
    • Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate
    • successful completion of level 3 or level 4 Healthcare Science apprenticeship
  • Applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria but have sufficient relevant experience in the workplace will be considered on an individual basis.

Benefits for your business

  • Attract and retain the best talent, whilst supporting the youth employment agenda.
  • Enhance your learning and development strategy by establishing a clear progression route for aspiring and established healthcare science assistant practitioners and apprentices.
  • Invest in developing a workforce that meets modern day demands and keeps up with the rapid advances in science and technology.
  • Generate a return on investment through accelerated development and increased commitment.

See more benefits for your business

Download the programme outline

Download the programme outline (PDF 70KB) to see how apprenticeships can improve your business.

Learn more

Find out more about how higher and degree apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.  

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