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

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  • UCAS code(s): Not set
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: October 2020
  • Course duration: 4 years


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Who is it for?

Our yearly October cohort 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.

We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

What you'll study

Students will study the following modules over 4 years

  • Year One

    • Professional Practice (1)
    • Living Systems
    • Introduction to Biochemistry
    • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Year Two

    • Genetics and Immunology
    • Human Physiology
    • Biomedical Science in Practice (blended learning)
    • Molecular Biology and Protein Structure
    • Clinical and Public Health Microbiology (blended learning)
  • Year Three

    • Pathopharmacology
    • Clinical Biochemistry (blended learning)
    • Professional Practice (2)
    • Histopathology (blended learning)
    • Infectious Diseases and their control (blended learning)
  • Final year

    • Research Project
    • Haematology (blended learning)
    • 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.

COVID-19 planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by COVID-19.

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.

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 part-time course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October. 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.

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.

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

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.

Still need help?

Apprenticeships team
+44 (0)115 848 2589