Healthcare Science (HCS) Level 4 Apprenticeship / Clinical Engineering

This two-year long programme provides apprentices with structured work-based training in Clinical Engineering. During the course, apprentices will earn a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma as part of their apprenticeship.

Training structure

While training in the workplace apprentices will not only have the opportunity to attend Dudley College of Technology webinars but also attend in person the Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology for specialist medical equipment course/s. Training this way provides both the knowledge and skills to work within a Medical Engineering environment.

Assessment & Qualification

Apprentices will complete an End Point Assessment through Health Education England (HEE) and the National School of healthcare Science (NSHCS) they will then attain the standard of Healthcare Science Associate.

On the job learning

Apprentices will perform tasks such as medical device maintenance/calibration (including electro-medical); managing technical data and writing technical reports. The apprentice will learn fundamental techniques to fault find, service and maintain a range of complex medical devices.

An opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification

This Apprenticeship provides opportunities for new trainees or those already working within the Clinical Engineering (or Medical Engineering) sector to gain formal qualifications, develop existing skills and knowledge in Healthcare Science and developing new technical and professional skills.

What is included in the Level 4 Healthcare Science Diploma?

10 Core Mandatory Units for Healthcare Science Associates:


Skills for Lifelong Learning


Professional Practice and Person Centred Care


Legal and Ethical Context of Practice


Health, Safety and Security in the Healthcare Science Environment


Technical Scientific Services


Effective Communication in Healthcare


Audit, Research, Development and Innovation


Leadership and Teamwork


Teaching, Learning and Assessing Practical Skills


Continuing Personal and Professional Development

In addition to 8 Specialised Units selected for Clinical Engineering:


Scientific Basis of Engineering: Electrical and Basic Electronics


Scientific Basis of Engineering: Basic Mechanics


Clinical Engineering Workshop Skills


Acceptance Testing of New Medical Equipment


Planned Preventative Maintenance


Diagnosing and Rectifying Equipment Faults


Decommissioning and Disposal of Medical Equipment


Medical Engineering in Practice

Continual Assessment

Throughout their apprenticeship, apprentices can expect regular review meetings with a dedicated assessor who has extensive Clinical Engineering experience. They will discuss learning, progress and opportunities. Their assessor will help them bring together a portfolio of evidence that will include case studies, professional documentation/discussion, witness testimony, assignments, reflection and many more types of evidence toward their diploma and apprenticeship standard. This is all collated in our Smart Assessor online learning platform.

Progression through Gateway

Once an apprentice has achieved their Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science; Level 2 English and Level 2 Mathematics qualifications (where required) and the skills, knowledge & behaviours set out in the Standard for a Healthcare Science Associate they will progress to End Point Assessment (EPA)

End Point Assessment

Here we will prepare the apprentice to finish their Apprenticeship, they will complete the following through external assessment:

  • Vocational Competence Observation
  • Professional Practice Test
  • Professional discussion informed by the evidence presented

This is where they will demonstrate that they meet the full standard of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.

Added Benefits

The level 4 Healthcare Science Diploma is cited in the Healthcare Science Associate Standard as the main qualification in the Healthcare Science Associate Apprenticeship.

Professional Recognition

On completion of the apprenticeship, individuals will be eligible to join the Academy for HCS’s (AHCS) accredited Associate Register at Level 4

What Next?

Successful learners can progress on to higher level apprenticeships, develop into senior roles at work or go on to attend undergraduate programmes at university.