About the Practitioner Training Programme

Last Updated: 3rd November 2020

The Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) is a three-year undergraduate training scheme that includes work-based and academic learning.

What will I do on the programme?

The programmes involves broad scientific training in the first two years with an increased focus on a chosen specialism during year three. Whilst on the programme you will complete a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science. We accredit the degrees and additionally, Life Sciences is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

Graphic about the structure of the Practitioner Training Programme

Graphic about the structure of the Practitioner Training Programme

What subjects are available on the Practitioner Training Programme?

Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences

  • Cardiac Physiology
  • Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

Clinical Engineering

  • Medical Engineering
  • Radiation Engineering
  • Renal Technology
  • Rehabilitation Engineering

Life Sciences

  • Blood Science
  • Infection Science
  • Cellular Science
  • Genetics

Medical Physics Technology

  • Radiotherapy Physics
  • Radiation Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine

Neurosensory Sciences

  • Audiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Ophthalmic and Vision Science

What am I eligible for after graduation?

Once you have graduated from the programme you will be a qualified Healthcare Science Practitioner and you will be eligible to apply for professional registration:

  • Physiological and physical science graduates will be eligible to apply for Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Accredited Voluntary Registration via the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). Additionally, some HEI’s are accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), where you will be eligible for voluntary registration.
  • Life science graduates as well as being eligible to apply for voluntary AHCS registration (as above), will be eligible to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Biomedical Scientists.

By successfully completing an accredited healthcare science degree, you will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and behaviours in applied scientific techniques within a discipline or related disciplines, to work in a range of healthcare settings as a Healthcare Science Practitioner (or Biomedical Scientist). You will have a clearly defined role in the delivery of investigations and interventions for patients and technical reporting of quality assured tests on patients, patient samples and medical equipment. In a number of disciplines Healthcare Science Practitioners provide therapeutic interventions, some of which may be specialist.