Students from across the Midlands, North West and Yorkshire attended a study day at Staffordshire University recently as part of their BSc Hons in Healthcare Science. The students, all employed within NHS pathology laboratories, are taking the degree under the Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship framework with course fees being drawn from their Trusts’ Apprenticeship Levy. As well as the integrated apprenticeship End Point Assessment and PTP accreditation from the National School of Healthcare Science, the degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science – this enables students to complete their registration portfolio as part of their degree and be eligible to apply for HCPC registration upon graduation.
Ian Davies, Course Leader for Healthcare Science at Staffordshire University, commented how the introduction of the HCS Level 6 Apprenticeship Standards had opened up further potential for staff development “by utilising the apprenticeship levy, Trusts can sustainably invest in developing their future workforce, either through the development of experienced support staff or through the creation of apprenticeship training posts; as well as the academic knowledge from their degree studies, apprentices combine the experience and exposure that work-based study brings”.
For further information on this blended learning degree programme, please contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org