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Level 4 Healthcare Science Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship has been designed to be taken by anyone wanting to work as a Healthcare Science Associate within a Clinical Engineering Department.  Apprentices working in a Clinical Engineering department will learn fundamental techniques to service, maintain, fault find and calibrate medical equipment.  The Apprentice Associate will also develop technical report writing skills in the management of technical data.  The Level 4 Healthcare Science Apprenticeship will last a minimum of 24 months and will provide an overarching insight into Clinical Engineering.

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 4 Healthcare Science Apprenticeship is the perfect start to a career in Clinical Engineering.


What is included in the Level 4 Healthcare Science Diploma?

Professional Practice and Person-centred Care

  • Maintain the highest standards of person centred care, treating every person with compassion, dignity and respect
  • Convey information to agreed protocols to the public, patients, carers, colleagues, including giving and receiving feedback
  • Use technology to present information orally 

Personal and Professional Development

  • Critically reflect on your technical/non-technical practice

Health, Safety and Security

  • Maintain a safe and healthy working environment
  • Train junior staff in relevant health, safety/security practices, including infection control and participate in risk assessments


  • Lead quality management technical audit processes as required

Technical Scientific Services

  • Perform a range of equipment management skills, e.g. fault-finding/preventative maintenance/calibration/repair
  • Participate in drafting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Recognise problems and seek technical solutions to them
  • Analyse/interpret/record/present accurately Healthcare Science (HCS) technical data
  • Supervise/teach/assess practical skills to junior team members

Audit/Service Improvement

  • Participate in audit and/or service improvement programmes
  • Communicate the outcome of audit, service improvement

Reasearch & Innovation

  • Undertake appropriate audit/research/innovation activities which support quality improvement in your area of work


  • Plan/assess the work of a team and individuals within it
  • Lead where appropriate and work effectively within the HCS team


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

Assessment Gateway

  • Achievement of Level 2 English and Level 2 Mathematics qualifications
  • Achievement of the Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science;
  • Evidence, usually recorded, for example in a log or portfolio and signed off by the employer or nominated training provider demonstrating that the apprentice has achieved the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the Standard;
  • Evidence that the apprentice has developed an insight into their personal and professional development as shown by the reflective self-assessment following the Multi Source Feedback exercises

End Point Assessment

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

Added Benefits

  NUS Apprentice Card                 


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

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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

Course Duration:

24 Months

Course Fees:

    Funded by the Apprenticeship Levy


Work based/distance learning

Upcoming Dates:


  • 1 February
  • 13 September



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