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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
HEE National School of Healthcare Science 0121 695 2529
More Information

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