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Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship (Clinical Photography) BSc (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship (Clinical Photography) BSc (Hons)?

Healthcare scientists are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS. The diagnostic tests that you perform, analyse and interpret will ensure patients have the correct diagnosis, leading to accurate treatment pathways and improvements in quality of life.

Working within the demanding field of Clinical Photography, Healthcare Scientists will use high-quality photographic skills to support the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of a variety of health diseases.

Clinical Photography practitioners specifically work in a fast-paced, challenging and stimulating environment which combines the use of both traditional and innovative technologies in order to provide excellent patient care and clinical support. By studying Clinical Photography at University of Gloucestershire, you will get access to leading expertise, facilities, and technology.

University of Gloucestershire has strong links to the NHS, hospitals and clinicians, which not only shape the curriculum but also ensure the skills you’re learning are fully relevant to the workplace. This course has specifically been developed in partnership with the professional body*.

Study style

Throughout the course you’ll be completing specific performance competencies that are outlined in the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship Standard. The standard outlines the specific requirements to achieve on the Apprenticeship.

You’ll study a variety of healthcare science topics alongside your clinical employment. This provides invaluable experience that use work-based application of the academic course content to develop your clinical and photographic skills and boost your ongoing career prospects.

*The course is currently seeking accreditation with The Institute of Medical Illustrators and the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS). On successful completion of the degree you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science and work within both the NHS and the independent sector.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A level to include Photography or a minimum of one science subject, DMM at BTEC to include 6 units in a Science or Social Science subject, or a Merit in your T-Level in a science or health-related subject.

    • Entry to this course is by interview. Applicants attending interview will need a portfolio of 10-20 photographs which demonstrate their interest in photography. Some of these photographs must be of people.

      Selection for interview is based on the information submitted on the application form. All applicants who meet, or are predicted to meet, the entry requirements will be invited to undertake a structured interview with both an employer and the University. Where possible, both interviews will be combined and will be designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for employment as well as the applicant’s suitability to study on the course, including academic ability and values of a future NHS employee. In addition, an assessment of applicants’ communication skills and their understanding of the profession will be made.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic IELTS at 7.0 with no element below 6.5 in all sections of the test.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a ‘Fitness to Practice’ health declaration, declaring your health status and immunisation records. The cost of this is met by the University and managed by local NHS Trusts occupational health team (Working Well). When offered a place on the programme study you can initiate the screening and vaccinations through Working Well.

Course modules


Commitment to invest

The clinical skills laboratory space has recently been remodeled and fitted with the latest healthcare science equipment. A brand-new city campus is in development which will host Health and Social Care courses starting in early 2024.

Specialist staff

A diverse group of professionals work across UoG Health and Social Care courses. They bring lifelong experience of working in the NHS and Private sectors and contribute to the quality of teaching materials. We’re ranked by OfSted as having outstanding teaching practice.

Wide network of employer partnerships

These allow us to secure opportunities for clinical employment, where needed, across the South West region and beyond.

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To comply with Governmental Apprenticeship requirements, you will be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week over the entirety of your course. The practical experience you gain working in a clinical setting will build your confidence and competence as a Healthcare Science professional.

Where you require support with identifying a clinical employer, we can assist you through our large clinical network.

Your ongoing development is a major focus, not just academically, but also personally and professionally whilst on placement, so all students have access to a personal tutor.

The following professional standards are integrated throughout the course to ensure that you acquire the behaviours expected of a healthcare science employee:

  • Professional practice – relating to patient-centred care, effective communication and partnership working and recognizing the limits of your professional role
  • Clinical practice – which focuses on patient investigations and associated care pathways
  • Scientific practice – including data interpretation and reporting, technical competency, and quality assurance
  • Research, development, and innovation – encouraging research-based forward-thinking and service improvement
  • Clinical leadership – involving your personal development and how you support those around you.

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