Healthcare Science Practitioner (Medical Physics Technology) Apprenticeship

Your staff can now undertake rewarding work-based learning opportunities thanks to our unique collaboration with NHS providers – all funded through the apprenticeship levy.

What is the Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship enables your employees to gain a professionally accredited BSc qualification designed for NHS Clinical Technologists, while remaining a key asset to your workplace.

Combining study with their existing role, they’ll develop the skills and understanding needed to research, develop, test and maintain specialist equipment used to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of conditions. And because their new learning will be directly applicable to the workplace, you’ll continue to benefit from the expertise of your staff, while they’ll develop a new set of skills that will enhance your practice as well as their careers.

Who is the Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship for?

Built in consultation with the National School of Healthcare Science and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, this programme is aimed at healthcare workers who wish to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to excel in the field of medical physics.

It will allow you to train employees to match specific roles within your practice, with options to specialise in radiation physics, nuclear medicine or radiotherapy.

How will your business benefit?

Your employees will continue working in-post while studying for this qualification, so you’ll reap the benefits of their new knowledge and skills from the start. Encouraged to integrate theory and practice, they will be able to apply their learning in the workplace, growing in confidence and competence as a result.

On successful completion of the programme, your employees will qualify as healthcare scientists with specialisms relevant to your place of work.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has invested £3.2 million in its science laboratories, so your best talent will have access to the latest industry equipment while attending study blocks with us.

Our Virtual Linear Accelerator allows learners to experience delivering doses of radiotherapy to tumours in a virtual radiotherapy room environment. Meanwhile, extensive online resources and interactive learning environments give them access to everything they need to develop the skills and knowledge a healthcare scientist’s role demands.

Our experienced academic community provides guidance and support throughout, and we’ll work with you to find specific ways we can build your employee’s strengths and expertise to benefit your organisation.

Course details

Year one modules include the scientific basis of medical physics, the pathophysiology of disease, and anatomy and physiology.

In Year two, modules develop a more advanced and in-depth focus on medical physics, and cover the professional aspects of healthcare science.

In the final year, your employee will undertake a healthcare science project and study professional practice for healthcare science. They will also specialise in a medical physics pathway chosen from:

  • radiation physics
  • nuclear medicine
  • radiotherapy.

For information about the Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship standard, please visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website. For further details about the curricula, visit the National School of Healthcare Science website.

Qualification, professional registration and accreditation

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, your employee will have a BSc(Hons) in Healthcare Science (Medical Physics Technology), with recognition of their specialist pathway in radiation physics, nuclear medicine or radiotherapy.

This degree programme is endorsed by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), and accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) as part of Health Education England.

Duration and delivery

This is a three-year course combining face-to-face, work-based and online learning, with three five-day blocks at UWE Bristol in each year for seminars, laboratory and practical sessions, plus tutorials and assessments.

The rest of the learning is based in the workplace with extensive online interaction, requiring a combination of directed and independent studies alongside hands-on experience.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be employed in a relevant higher apprenticeship role, as defined by the Department for Education and Skills, and be working in a Medical Physics department that can support completion of the Practitioner Training Programme through the work-based portfolio. They should also have GCSE Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, plus A-level Grade C or above in Chemistry or Biology, and a pass in another science subject.

Equivalent qualifications or professional experience may also be accepted.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the course, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance. There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships.  We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.  

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