Further education and skills – guidance

Apprenticeship standard: healthcare science associate

Describes the job role that an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them by the healthcare sector.



This document is relevant to:

  • those looking to apply for an apprenticeship
  • employers wanting to recruit an apprentice
  • training organisations working with employers to make the apprenticeships available

This standard is not yet ready to use.

An apprenticeship standard is only available for delivery when both the standard and assessment plan is approved and a funding band (core government contribution) has been assigned to the standard.

Under our reforms, employer-designed standards will replace frameworks, and will be clear and concise. From 2017 to 2018 as many apprenticeship starts as possible will be on the new standards.

Employers involved in creating this standard

If you’d like to get involved and contribute to the development of the healthcare science associate standard, please read the guidance for trailblazers, and email the Trailblazer contact: sheard49@gmail.com.

The standard for a healthcare science associate was developed by:

  • NHS England
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas’s
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Imperial NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospital
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • London Women’s Clinic
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northern General Hospital
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Pennine Acute Trust
  • Public Health England (Bristol Royal Infirmary)
  • Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital
  • Royal Hallamshire Hospital
  • Royal Marsden Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Surrey Pathology Department
  • University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Viapath
  • Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust