Building your apprenticeship

Last Updated: 5th November 2020

The things you, as an employer, will need to know to build your apprenticeship.

Selecting the right units for your apprentice

Your healthcare science apprentice must achieve the mandatory Level 2 or Level 4 healthcare science Diploma, or for the Level 6 apprenticeship in healthcare science, the appropriate degree. To help you select the right units for your apprentice, we’ve provided some examples of credit allocations for a Level 4 Diploma. In these examples the selected units exceed the minimum 100 credits needed for the Level 4 Diploma.

It is important to remember that you, as the employer, are in a position to negotiate with the training provider to determine what units you require for your apprentice, and the exact cost of this training and assessment. During your discussions remember that there may need to be compromises between what you want and what the provider can deliver for the agreed cost.

The provider may be unable to deliver all of the requested units, so you will need to agree what they can provide as a proportion above the 100 minimum requested. As the employer, you may accept what can be provided or consider ‘topping-up’ the excess cost of the units needed.

Where can I find a training provider?

When choosing a training provider you may need to carry out a tendering process. As part of this process consider where a provider is located, if apprentices are expected to attend any events at a providers site. An alternative is to access training via blended learning and/or attendance. Visit the government ‘Find apprenticeship training’ website for providers who can deliver the apprenticeship training.

You will need to ensure that your chosen provider is using an Awarding Body that is providing the Diploma qualifications based upon the underpinning curriculum for a given healthcare science specialism. For available qualifications please visit the government ‘Learning Aims Database’ or contact the School for further details.

The National School of Healthcare Science has the intellectual property rights to the curriculum content.

How do I find an independent end-point assessment organisation?

You will find information on independent end-point assessment organisations for the Level 2 and/or Level 4 Diplomas, on the government Register of end-point assessment organisations.

An independent organisation must be involved in the end-point assessment of each apprentice so that all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently. Only organisations on the register of end-point assessment organisations are eligible to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices.

If you have any further queries about end-point assessments, contact the School’s End-point Assessment (EPA) team or check out our EPA section.