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Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship (BSc Hons Applied Biomedical Science)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Who is it for?

This course offers existing staff in a relevant job role the opportunity to study BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science alongside working full-time. Applicants may already have practical experience but wish to improve their theoretical understanding, want to develop their skills further and obtain an academic qualification, whilst also gaining professional recognition. You are required to hold a position in an IBMS-approved training laboratory in order to apply for this course.

Why do the apprenticeship?

The degree apprenticeship integrates academic and work-based learning through employment and leads to a BSc (Hons) degree qualification that is contextualised for workplace occupational competency as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Biomedical Scientist.

What are the benefits?

Completion of this apprenticeship enables graduates to apply for registration with the HCPC through the IBMS certificate of competence as a Biomedical Scientist.

Other information

The curricula (including the assessment programme) were developed with the input of employers, professional bodies and patients, and are a blend of employer-defined knowledge, skills, behaviours and values that are integrated and assessed (both formatively and summatively) as part of the degree.

Please visit the IBMS website or the apprenticeship standard page for further details on the role of a Biomedical Scientist and the types of key skills, knowledge and behaviours learned during the apprenticeship.

What you’ll study

Students will study the following modules over 4 years:

  • Professional Practice (1)
  • Living Systems
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Genetics and Immunology
  • Human Physiology
  • Biomedical Science in Practice (blended learning)
  • Biomolecular structure and function
  • Clinical and Public Health Microbiology (blended learning)
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry (blended learning)
  • Professional Practice (2)
  • Histopathology (blended learning)
  • Infectious Diseases and their control (blended learning)
  • Research Project
  • Haematology and transfusion practice
  • Professional Practice (3) (to include End-Point Assessment)

How you’re taught

Day Release. Predominantly term time with a very limited requirement to attend on additional days. Apprentices will be expected to undertake online study out of term time to the equivalent of one day a week. This will be accommodated through the workplace to fulfil the apprenticeship requirement of 20% off-the-job study. Further information can be obtained by contacting the course team via the course lead Sheri Scott or workplace tutor Claudia Pearse.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Staff Profiles

Sheri Scott

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Sheri Scott is a senior lecturer in Biomedical Science and course leader for the BSc Applied Biomedical Science.

Beverley Peel

Deputy Head of Department

School of Science & Technology

Find out more about Beverley Peel - Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Biosciences at Nottingham Trent University

Case Studies

Adrian Hadley

Adrian Handley, 36, works for NHS Blood and Transplant while undertaking his degree apprenticeship. Adrian mentions how the apprenticeship will allow him to “join the HCPC register as a Biomedical Scientist” and make a career switch from a senior technical role to a more scientific role. Adrian expresses how teaching staff “are keen to continuously improve to ensure we all get the most benefit from the course”. Keep reading to find out about Adrian’s thoughts and experience.

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Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright, 31, studied at NTU in 2008 prior to his apprenticeship and gained a Criminology degree before changing his career path. To progress further in his career from being an Associate Practitioner to a Registered Biomedical Scientist at the NHS, Matthew needed to have a science degree which seemed impossible to him at the time. Read more to see how a degree apprenticeship provided Matthew with the opportunity to pursue his career aspirations by studying towards a science degree.

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Careers and employability

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Rosalind Franklin Building

The Rosalind Franklin Building provides some of the best laboratory teaching facilities for Bioscience and Chemistry in the UK. The large teaching laboratory space is equipped with modern IT facilities and equipment to ensure that our apprentices get excellent training in practical laboratory techniques and modern analytical methods.

Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Facility

Built at a cost of £2.3 million, this facility supports the School's extensive biomedical research activities.

Natural Sciences Research Facility

The Natural Sciences Research Facility supports and enhances the School's research in physics, biosciences, chemistry, imaging, materials and sport. You will gain a range of laboratory skills throughout your programme both in the Rosalind Franklin building and other laboratories. In particular, you will gain key skills and experience in your final year which will be directly relevant to the different disciplines in a Pathology Department and for a career in biomedical science.

Entry requirements

A Levels - BBB, including Biology; or BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM, including relevant Biology modules; or 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A Levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A Level grade B equivalent in Biology; and GCSEs - English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria but have sufficient relevant experience in the workplace will be considered on an individual basis provided they have undertaken some Level 3 study. IBMS support staff qualifications; healthcare foundation degrees, and healthcare apprenticeships Level 3/4 are also considered for entry. Please contact us to discuss your options.

EU students are eligible, please contact the apprenticeship team for eligibility information.

Unfortunately this course is not available for international students.

Fees and funding

It is an employer’s responsibility to pay tuition fees as part of the apprenticeships training costs. Please refer to our Apprenticeships pages for fees, funding and guidance information.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

Application deadline

Applications for the apprenticeship can be submitted up until the start of the course (to confirm) in September. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Information for your employer

We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

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