Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

for Employers

A practice-focused route to qualification as a Healthcare Scientist. The programme combines workplace development with the theory and professional skills to get ahead in a career in Physiological or Life Sciences.

Participants will build the knowledge, clinical training and skills required as they prepare to team up with other health professionals in the important work of diagnosing and treating disease.

Specialist pathways are available to align apprentices' learning with the requirements of their role. Within the Physiological Science programme are cardiac physiology, neurophysiology and respiratory and sleep physiology specialisms. On the Life Science programme blood sciences, cellular sciences, genetic sciences or infection sciences are available.

Delivery Model

Apprentices will join a community of other like-minded students attending University regularly, and studying on average 3 days per week in Year 1 and 2, and 2 days per week in year 3. Programme delivery is during University term time, typically 24 weeks per year.

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The exact pattern of attendance will vary depending on the pathway chosen and also, which specialism they follow.

The programme is delivered by Manchester Met Academic Practitioners and colleagues managing biomedical laboratories and physiological science departments in the NHS and private sector.

Programme Content

The programme has been designed to ensure the educational requirements of registration as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in the apprentices’ chosen specialism are achieved. Fundamental biological science forms the foundation for the development of an in-depth understanding of physiological or life science concepts. 

Knowledge, clinical training and skills required for professional practice are attained across all three years. Laboratory and clinical work forms a vital component of the programme, giving apprentices a technical understanding of the skills required for scientific analysis.

While the majority of learning is undertaken during University seminars, lectures and lab sessions, the application of this new knowledge within the workplace is a vital component of the programme. Participants will be supported by a workplace mentor and a university tutor, who will extend apprentices' learning environment and ensure they are exposed to all areas of healthcare science practice relevant to the selected specialism.

In addition, an employer liaison tutor will be assigned to support the apprentice to align their University and work-based learning.

Physiological Science

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Physiological Systems
  • Professional Practice, Research Skills and Physiological Measurements
  • Scientific Basis of Physiological Sciences
  • Disease Processes and Statistics
  • Professional Practice, Signal Processing and Instrumentation
  • Specialist Studies 1 and 2
  • Applying Specialist Studies to Practice 1 and 2
  • Professional and Evidence-based Practice
  • Project

Life Science

  • Biomedical Science
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Physiological Systems
  • Skills for Healthcare Science
  • Blood Science
  • Cellular Science
  • Infection Science
  • Techniques and Applications in Biomedical Science
  • Professional and Evidence-based Practice
  • Project

Additional core life science units depending on the route chosen:

  • Biomedical Cell Biology
  • Immunology and Immunological Disorders
  • Haematology and Transfusion
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Genetic Science

Final Degree Award

At the end of the three years, successful apprentices receive a BSc Healthcare Science and the Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship.

Completion of the Life Science route leads to eligibility to register with the HCPC as a biomedical scientist.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 120 points at A2 (Grades BBB), including A-Level grade C in biology or human biology or acceptable alternatives. 

Applicants must have Maths and English GCSE grade A*-C, or equivalent, or commit to completing Functional Skills Level 2 in addition to the programme.

All successful candidates will be subject to all appropriate checks required by their employer.


Employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy and any funds paid out can be used to fund participation in apprenticeship programmes. Employers with a payroll below £3 million are eligible for funding, which will cover at least 95% of the cost of apprenticeship programmes.

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