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Healthcare Science Associate

Course Code: APP-CAR

Level: 4
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 24 months
When you'll study: One day a week at the College

About the course

The healthcare science (HCS) associate workforce supports the work of HCS practitioners and clinical scientists in performing high-quality, safe diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring technical and scientific procedures, from conception to end of life. They work within hospitals, general practice and other settings in the healthcare sector and across all areas of HCS. They perform a wide range of routine technical and scientific procedures, with minimal supervision, within one of the divisions in HCS, following specific protocols and in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements. The clinical scientific environment determines the context of the HCS associate work/role.

What you'll learn

An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories: skills, knowledge and
behaviours. For the Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate Apprenticeship, you will cover the
following topics …


You will be compassionate; honest; conscientious and adhere to the standards of GSP, which
sets out for the standards of behaviour/practice/personal conduct that underpin the delivery of
HCS appropriate to the role/work undertaken.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • professional practice and person-centred care
  • personal and professional development
  • health, safety and security
  • quality
  • technical scientific services
  • clinical care
  • audit/service improvement
  • research and innovation
  • leader.

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.

Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your keenness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.

If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills (level 1-2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.


The AHCS will require the Level 4 Diploma in HCS as an underpinning qualification for the HCS Associate Apprenticeship and completion of the end-point assessment.

The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 24 months, however, this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.

What's next?

On completion of the Apprenticeship, individuals will be eligible to join the Academy for HCS (AHCS) accredited Associate Register at Level 4.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.

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