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BSc (Honours) Healthcare Science

BSc (Honours) Healthcare Science

Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences degree apprenticeship

Medical professionals conversingDevelop your career in healthcare science by studying for a degree while you work in a relevant role, learning new skills and gaining professional accreditation.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Healthcare Science Practitioner standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay. 

The course normally takes 3 years part-time – including the completion of an endpoint assessment.


1. Course summary

  • Build knowledge in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.
  • Gain the clinical skills and interpersonal skills the profession demands.
  • Work towards degree qualification to prove your skills and advance your career.

The course is suitable for new recruits to the industry and school leavers, as well as for existing staff working in the field who don’t yet have a relevant degree. It's recognised and accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science to allow progress your career and register with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences.

2. How you learn

This apprenticeship has been developed by a group of NHS trusts and services, and higher education providers, allowing you to benefit from a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist education. You’ll also gain the essential components of professional practice you need to be successful in a complex and dynamic modern workplace.

You learn through

  • four one-week study blocks in year 1
  • three one-week study blocks in year 2
  • four shorter blocks in year 3
  • lectures and discussions
  • clinical work
  • workplace seminars
  • research

3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities at our City Campus, run by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

The usual entry requirements include GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English at Grade C, 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 biology modules). We accept AS levels, but we don’t accept general studies
  • 96 UCAS points from three A levels (including 32 points in biology). We don’t accept general studies
  • Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course, (mainly consisting of biology and chemistry related modules), or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 (with at least 15 level 3 credits graded at distinction level)
  • successful completion of level 3 Healthcare Science Assistant apprenticeship

Though we may also consider candidates with different qualifications who have relevant work experience.

5. Modules

Year 1 • professional practice 1 • healthcare science: anatomy and physiology • fundamentals of healthcare science • healthcare science in context • scientific basis of healthcare science: cardiovascular science • scientific basis of healthcare science: respiratory and sleep science
Year 2 • professional practice 2 • research methods • pathology of common cardiac and respiratory conditions • instrumentation signal processing and imaging • cardiac physiology OR respiratory and sleep physiology
Year 3 • professional practice 3 • advanced specialist topics in cardiovascular OR respiratory sleep sciences • applying cardiac physiology in practice OR applying respiratory and sleep sciences in practice • research project

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