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Healthcare science associate

Working in hospitals, primary care and other healthcare settings, carrying out routine technical and scientific procedures. Supporting healthcare science (HCS) practitioners and clinical scientists.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


4 (equivalent to certificate of higher education)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • providing high-quality, technical scientific services
  • professional practice, clinical care and person-centred care
  • technical, physiological and other diagnostic testing and investigations
  • managing quality, and researching and delivering service improvement
  • maintaining a safe, healthy and secure working environment
  • leadership and team management, mentoring and training
  • contribute to the development and maintenance of standards and protocols, and safety of diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • understanding of good scientific practice
  • level 4 diploma in healthcare science

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

Apprentices will be able to apply to join the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) accredited associate register at level 4.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
HEE National School of Healthcare Science 0121 695 2529
NOCN 0300 999 1177
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.