BTEC Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Level 2 | Decontamination & Sterilisation

This apprenticeship has been designed to be taken by anyone wanting to work as a Healthcare Science Assistant within a Decontamination and Sterilisation Department.  Apprentices working in a Decontamination and Sterilisation department will learn foundation techniques to carry out low-risk, routine, technical and scientific procedures.  The Level 2 Healthcare Science Apprenticeship will last a minimum of 12 months and will provide an excellent insight into aspects of healthcare science.

The Apprenticeship provides opportunities for those already working within the Clinical Engineering (or Medical Engineering) sector to gain formal qualifications for roles they currently hold, enhancing existing skills and knowledge in Healthcare Science and developing new technical and professional skills.  The Level 2 Healthcare Science Apprenticeship is the perfect start to a career in Clinical Engineering.

What is included in the Level 2 Healthcare Science Diploma?

Professional Practice

  • Demonstrate how to maintain the highest standards of person centred care, treating every person with compassion, dignity and respect
  • Demonstrate how to communicate basic information effectively verbally and in writing to patients, carers and colleagues
  • Work effectively as part of the Healthcare Science (HCS) Team 

Personal and Professional

  • Reflect on your practice; and keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date


  • Respond constructively to the outcome of appraisal, feedback and performance review

Health, Safety and Security

  • Demonstrate how to work safely in the HCS work place following safety, and risk management guidelines, taking appropriate action in response to incidents or emergencies
  • Show how to move/position individuals, equipment etc. safely
  • Apply a range of techniques for infection prevention and control


  • Demonstrate how to follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to your HCS practice

Technical Scientific Services

  • Provide general non-technical/technical information, advice and guidance to users of HCS services
  • Demonstrate how to follow specified HCS protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs)

Clinical Care

  •  Protect patient/carers confidentiality when required
Unit NumberUnitsLevelCreditGuided Learning
1Healthcare Science Service 2320
2Employee Rights, Responsibilities and Personal Development in Healthcare Science 2320
3Working in Partnership in Healthcare Science 2326
4Investigating, Treating and Managing Human Disease and Disorder 2217
5Working Safety in the Healthcare Science Environment 2320
13Introduction to Decontamination Science3220
14Basic Workplace Procedures and Practice8265
15Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management2220
12Causes and Spread of Infection2220
11Causes of Disease and Maintaining Health4240
96Receiving, Cleaning and Disinfection of Reusable Medical Devices4221
97Inspection, Function Testing, Assembly and Packaging within a Controlled (Clean) Environment3219


Regular, on-programme assessment in the workplace of the apprentice’s development performance and competency to ensure full and sufficient evidence towards apprentice readiness to undertake the End Point Assessment.

Assessment Gateway

  • Achievement of Level 1 English and Level 1 Mathematics qualifications and test taken for Level 2 English and Mathematics prior to taking the end point assessment (not required to pass at Level 2);
  • Achievement of the Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science;
  • Satisfactory evidence, usually recorded in a portfolio, demonstrating that the apprentice has achieved the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the Standard;
  • Some evidence that the apprentice has developed an insight into their personal and professional development

End Point Assessment

  • Element 1 – Vocational Competence Observation
  • Element 2 – Professional Practice Test
  • Element 3 – Professional discussion informed by the evidence presented

Added Benefits

The Level 2 Healthcare Science Diploma is cited in the Healthcare Science Assistant Standard as the main qualification in the Healthcare Science Associate Apprenticeship.