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Degree Apprenticeship

Healthcare Science (Vascular Science)

Upon successful completion, learners gain a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Vascular Science), and are able to apply for professional registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science.

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About the Healthcare Science (Vascular Science) Degree Apprenticeship

This programme is the first of its kind and has been specifically developed in partnership with the Society of Vascular Technology to support the growing need for technically skilled Vascular Science Practitioners.

It provides vascular technicians with the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in their chosen career pathway for the first time. This programme is ideal for employers who are looking to nurture their existing talent, as well as those looking to train new entrants into the profession.

On this programme, learners of all ages and levels of experience have the chance to develop as confident and resilient practitioners that are conscientious, adaptable and safe to practise.

Teaching is delivered over 3 years through a combination of distance learning and in-practice development of clinical skills.

Modules are delivered through a combination of online lectures, action learning sets, clinical skills sessions, seminars and class-based discussions. Clinical skills are initially taught in blocks on campus using our specialist facilities, and then they are reinforced back in the workplace using mentor-led competency assessments.

Clinical skills blocks are always scheduled in advance and avoid peak clinical periods to help with planning around work and personal commitments. Learners attend approximately five study blocks in year 1, and four blocks in years 2 and 3.

Upon completion, learners are able to apply for registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).

Working in partnership with:

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

Tracy Longden-Thurgood

Meet the lecturer

Tracy Longden-Thurgood, Subject Leader

Tracy is qualified in both healthcare and strategic HR and specialises in learning and development. She holds an MSc in Biomedical Science, a PGCE, and an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and Development.

She now leads University of Gloucestershire’s Healthcare Science programmes, as well as being responsible for external quality assurance of the Diabetic Health Screening Diploma from Gloucestershire Hospitals Accredited Centre.

She is also a member of the Health Care Professions Council (Biomedical Science).


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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

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