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Healthcare science assistant

Carrying out routine technical and scientific procedures and support within hospitals, doctor surgeries and other healthcare settings for a wide range of people.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

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

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • healthcare science (HCS) principles and practices
  • understanding of person-centred care
  • carrying out routine HCS duties such as basic life support
  • infection prevention and control, including handling hazardous materials
  • working under supervision within a team to agreed operating standards
  • health and safety law, policies and practices relevant to healthcare
  • level 2 diploma in healthcare science (currently under development)

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
  • take the test for 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 register.

End Point Assessment
View a list of end point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
NOCN 0300 999 1177
Pearson Education Limited +44 (0) 7879 602674
HEE National School of Healthcare Science 0121 695 2529
More Information

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