As a Healthcare science assistant, you will support healthcare science practitioners, clinical scientists and others in a variety of healthcare science areas within the NHS or private providers, working in laboratories, wards and outpatient departments with clinical staff and equipment. For example, as a healthcare science assistant you might work in:

  • a pathology laboratory, processing samples of blood, cells or tissues
  • a cardiology department, taking readings of a patient's heart
  • respiratory department, measuring a patient's breathing

Professional recognition

On completion of the Healthcare Science Assistant apprenticeship, you are eligible to apply to join the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) accredited register

Progression

After completing the Healthcare Science Assistant apprenticeship, you can progress into a Healthcare Science Assistant job within a number of specialisms. You can also progress onto the Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate apprenticeship.

Programme qualifications and requirements

  • The Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science must be achieved before proceeding to end point assessment, to meet the Healthcare Science Assistant standard.
  • Level 1/2 English and mathematics must be achieved prior to proceeding to end point assessment.
  • A portfolio of evidence must be completed and available for end point assessment

This apprenticeship usually takes 12 months to complete during which you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities. These typically include: • Induction which is specific to your workplace • Study days and training courses • Mentoring/buddy support • Completion of workbooks or a portfolio through which you will gather evidence of your progress • Structured one to one reviews of your progress with your employer and/or Dynamic Training

 We can offer apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • Life Sciences Phlebotomy
  • Life Sciences Anatomical Pathology
  • Life Sciences Pathology: (Microbiology/Blood sciences (haematology & biochemistry/
  • Immunology/Cytology/Histopathology)
  • Life Sciences Reception Team

Assessment gateway

Your employer will  make the decision as to when you are ready to undertake the end point assessment. In order to be put forward for end point assessment, you will need to have achieved the key requirements of your apprenticeship. 

End point assessment

The end point assessment is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation chosen by your employer and comprises of a vocational competence observation, professional practice test and a review of your portfolio of evidence and professional discussion.  All three components must be undertaken and passed in order to achieve and complete your apprenticeship. 

Please click the image above to download the Healthcare science assistant apprenticeship programme outline