Healthcare Science Assistant

Apprenticeship , Level 2
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What Our Students Say

“The tutors here, they are really interactive and they’re always there, even outside of lessons whenever you need something, we don’t go around calling everyone Sir or Miss, second names – we use first names for everything and there’s a more relaxed and friendly communication between the tutors and the students.”


I think I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve had to make new friendships, especially because I didn’t know anyone coming in – but after the first few weeks I think I’ve adapted to it really well.


“When I first came I didn’t know anybody at the college but because it’s people you’re surrounded by and people with similar interests to you, you do make friends quickly and you make really close friendships with people because you’re listening to the same things and you’re going through the same things, and you can help each other as well.”


Did you know!

  • Salaries typically range from £18,500 to £22,000, depending on the student’s qualifications at entry.
  • The working week is usually 37 hours and as with any role within the NHS will include shifts and on-call duties.
  • There are over 50,000 healthcare scientists working in the NHS and public health services with almost 50 different science specialisms.

Course Information


The apprenticeship is aligned to professional recognition within the NHS and
other healthcare providers. Apprentices will be assessed at several stages
during their apprenticeship, this includes:

  • A vocational competence observation
  • A professional practice test
  • A professional discussion
  • This apprenticeship will also include the completion of a L2 Diploma in
    Healthcare Science and completion of all of these elements will lead to the
    graded apprenticeship award
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Who is this course for?

You will be compassionate; honest; conscientious and committed and will consistently adhere to the standards of Good Scientific Practice which sets out for the profession and the public the standards of behaviour and practice that must be achieved and maintained in the delivery of work activities, the provision of care and personal conduct of the healthcare science workforce appropriate to the role undertaken.

Entry requirements

You will need to successfully complete a baseline assessment in English and Maths.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

This apprenticeship can either lead straight into a Healthcare Science Assistant role or progression onto the Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate apprenticeship.

Assessment types

  • A vocational competence observation
  • A professional practice test
  • A professional discussion

Course details

Duration: 18 months and 3 months for EPA
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 78576-01

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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