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Clinical Coder

Reading medical notes and records, analysing and translating into codes that accurately represent the patient's stay.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £5,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer. This might include level 2 in English, maths and a science subject (preferably science / biology).

What apprentices will learn
  • assess patient records and notes
  • identify and apply medical terms into code
  • allocate diagnosis and procedural codes to patient records
  • extract information from all types of clinical documentation and assess relevant health record content
  • input clinical codes onto Patient Administration Systems

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths on entry will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment (GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C).

Professional registration

None specified.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

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