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Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship (Vascular Science) BSc (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship (Vascular Science) BSc (Hons)?

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

Working within the demanding field of Vascular Science, Healthcare Scientists support the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of diseases of the blood vessels. Vascular Science 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. Enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are a vital part of the role.

By studying Vascular Science at University of Gloucestershire, you’ll get access to leading expertise, facilities, and technology. We’ll enable you to gain the knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences that will nurture a rewarding career in Vascular healthcare services. More importantly, once qualified, you’ll have the opportunity to work within an expanding field that positively impacts patients’ lives.

University of Gloucestershire has strong links to the NHS, hospitals and clinicians, which not only shape our 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 and national Vascular Scientist Leads.

Throughout the course you will 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.

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

Study style

This course is predominantly delivered as a distanced, blended learning programme with periodic face to face teaching being scheduled throughout the year. This model allows you the flexibility to plan your learning around your lifestyle and ensures 24/7 access to our on-line teaching materials.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to cater for your individual learning needs. Methods include: self-directed learning, discussion and debate forums, simulation exercises, portfolio building, group work, scientific practicals, seminar presentations, scientific enquiry, active learning sets, reflection-on and in-practice, and context/problem-based learning.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels with one subject preferably in a science, 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 for this course is by interview. 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 that is at International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.0 with no elements below 6.5

    • 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


Possible careers

Career opportunities are predominantly within the National Health Service but also can be secured within private sector organisations. Realistic NHS starting salary for a Healthcare Scientist is £24,214, with typical career earnings rising to £43,772.

The course is seeking accreditation with The Society for Vascular Technology 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.

Find out more about career opportunities in Healthcare Science.

Industry links

University of Gloucestershire aims to support the development of a sustainable local workforce to meet the staffing needs of the county’s health employers and beyond. In addition, the Healthcare Science degree is closely linked with the workforce planning requirements for NHS Gloucestershire. We subsequently have close working relationships with local health, social care, charities and education providers, NHS and Private, across the South West Region, supporting a range of employment and placement opportunities and contribute to the quality of our academic content.

Integrated placements

Ensures that clinical experiences are gained from the outset.

Specialist staff

We’ve been ranked by Ofsted as having outstanding teaching practice thanks to the diverse group of professionals who’ll teach you. They have lifelong experience working in the NHS and private sectors and who contribute to the quality of the teaching materials.

Commitment to invest

We’ve recently remodeled our clinical skills laboratory spaces and fitted them with the latest healthcare science equipment. We’re also in the process of building a brand-new city-based campus in the heart of Gloucester to host our Health and Social Care courses.

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To comply with Governmental Apprenticeship requirements, you will be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week for 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 to work, we can support you through our large clinical network.

The following professional standards are threaded 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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