Healthcare Science

Key information

Award BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science
Accreditation  National School of Healthcare Science
Duration 3-7 years
Study hours 30 hours

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Our Healthcare Science Degree Apprenticeship programme – run under the Department of Health’s framework of the Modernising Scientific Careers programme and accredited by the National School for Healthcare Science – will prepare apprentices for an exciting career in fields such as cancer care, radiotherapy or nuclear medicine.

By the end of this course, apprentices will be able to:

Download the programme specification (PDF)

Further information

How to apply

To apply for the apprenticeship, the employer and the individual must submit a joint application form. Please contact us at apprenticeships@cumbria.ac.uk for the application form and further guidance

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Where will the training be delivered?

The student attends using a variant of the block delivery pattern. The number and frequency of the attendee visits reduces at the programme progresses.

At least 20% of the apprentice’s time will be spent undertaking off the job training. The majority of this will be via attendance at the University but some of this time will be via work based education e.g. instruction on equipment within their work environment or visiting other clinical departments in order to fulfil the professional body curriculum requirements.

Entry requirements

Government funding rules require that an apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK, must be in employment, paid at least the legal minimum wage and have a written and signed agreement for the apprenticeship with their employer. The minimum duration periods for an apprenticeship set in each Apprenticeship Standard, is based on an apprentice working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Where the apprentice works fewer than 30 hours, the minimum duration of the apprenticeship must be increased on a pro-rata basis. Funding for the apprenticeship is provided through the Employment and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is paid in the following way:

  • Levy paying employers with sufficient funds in their digital account – 100% funding
  • Non Levy payers -90% ESFA funding, 10% Employer co-funding. Non-levy paying companies will be asked to pay their 10% of the full cost of the apprenticeship at the start of the programme.

All Degree Apprentices must be interviewed, assessed and offered a position by an employer before being admitted to the degree. Although the University may receive direct applications and filter these applications before passing them to prospective employers, some apprentices may apply directly to an employer. Either way, after acceptance by an employer, the University of Cumbria will require a formal application, which it will assess according to the programme entry criteria.

Employer selection criteria

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for appointing apprentices. These will normally match the university selection criteria.

University selection criteria

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4/C and above, including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from maximum of 3 A-levels, to include A-level in a Science subject or Psychology with minimum of 40 points. Alternatively, 120 points from 2 A-levels and maximum of 2 A/S qualifications from 4 separate subjects to include 40 points in an A-level Science subject or Psychology.
  • Applicants who are able to demonstrate some level 3 study, but not the breadth (e.g. 2 A Levels) may be considered providing they can demonstrate relevant life skills and preparation for the programme. This would include at least one year of experience working in an acute clinical setting with associated mandatory training. Students may be asked to undertake additional level 3 study or are set work to demonstrate they have the ability to undertake the programme.

Teaching and Assessment

The student attends using a variant of the block delivery pattern. The number and frequency of the attendee visits reduces at the programme progresses.

At least 20% of the apprentice’s time will be spent undertaking off the job training. The majority of this will be via attendance at the University but some of this time will be via work based education e.g. instruction on equipment within their work environment or visiting other clinical departments in order to fulfil the professional body curriculum requirements.

Teaching and learning methods will include: discourse, discussion, debate, small group work, seminar presentations, reflection-on and in-practice, context-based learning (also referred to as problem-based learning), and flexible, distributed learning (FDL) using Blackboard. Each module will facilitate the further development of literacy and I.T. skills, as well as the development of other key lifelong learning skills, and both tutors and students will monitor and evaluate this development via personal academic tutor meetings and the use of formative assessment methods.

Development of clinical skills through simulation will be used where possible. Simulation provides safe learning opportunities in basic as well as potentially complex situations and also helps students acquire important skills before going into a placement environment. Simulation will also be facilitated using various methods including role play and workshops.

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If you have any questions about our apprenticeship programme, get in touch.

Email: apprenticeships@cumbria.ac.uk
Phone (Employers): 01228 888 740
Phone (Apprentices): 0845 606 1144

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