Biomedical Science (Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship)
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (pathology lab based) degree was developed through consultation with pathology laboratory employers, and is co-delivered, meeting the requirements for a Healthcare Science Practitioner (Biomedical Scientist) apprenticeship through completion of an approved Biomedical Science degree.
The apprenticeship route integrates traditional academic learning on a degree programme with work-based learning through employment in an approved pathology laboratory.
The degree apprenticeship route will enable you to work and study for your degree at the same time, meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your apprenticeship programme tuition fees, and you will be earning a salary at the same time.
- Develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist or for a career in medical laboratory research
- Learn from research-active tutors involved with science projects across molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology and cell biology
This if for you if...
You want to develop your understanding of human disease processes
You have a strong interest in how modern research underpins the development of new therapies to improve future healthcare
All about the course
To undertake this programme, you will already be employed in a pathology laboratory (which holds Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) pre-registration training approval), perhaps as a medical laboratory assistant or similar role, and aspire to have a career as a Biomedical Scientist. The University of Salford apprenticeship degree programme is designed to work in partnership with pathology laboratories so that you can complete your studies whilst continuing in your normal job.
You will need to attend University for the equivalent of about one day per week across three trimesters per year and apprentices will be expected to undertake significant additional learning online. It is suggested that a further 10% allowance be given by the employer for work towards completion of the IBMS registration portfolio.
Apprentices will take between two to four different core and specialist modules at any one time, with more modules being taken concurrently in first year. In addition, work based modules are taken at each level.
There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The University and employer work closely with each other to:
- Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace
- To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you
Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future.
Molecules to Microbes
This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.
In the first trimester, this module is intended to provide a systems-led approach to understand basic human anatomy, embryology and the structure function relationships therein. In the second trimester, this is further explored at a microscopic level through studying the histology of human tissues.
This practical based module will allow the development of key laboratory skills in the context of working as a biomedical scientist. Hands on practical lab experience and skills assessment are supported by tutorials, virtual laboratory simulation, topical discussion and reflection, in relation to the HCPC standards of proficiency.
In this module you will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically throughout your degree, as well as an appreciation of personal development planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.
You will look at the multi-disciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.
Clinical and Molecular Genetics
Clinical and Molecular Genetics will enable students to gain practical skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics, through linked laboratory and computer sessions. The lecture programme is delivered by three academics, each an expert in their specific area of clinical and molecular genetics. Topics covered include, current molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, the control of bacterial and eukaryotic gene expression and the effect of mutations on gene expression and how this can lead to human genetic diseases.
You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical and biochemical testing and their relevance to clinical diagnostics. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques used in clinical chemistry laboratory.
Haematology and Transfusion
Biomedical scientists collect and analyse blood samples for the diagnosis of diseases or ensure blood for patient transfusion is available and safe. In this module you will investigate the formation, composition, function and diseases of blood and how it is identified, separated and stored for donation.
This module will provide students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the wide range and inter-related nature of disease and major diagnostic approaches. Students will use a range of primary and secondary information sources and group-based discussions to develop a transferable understanding of pathophysiology. This module is delivered into different programme pathways including campus based full-time and part-time studies, and work-based part-time studies, eg apprenticeship. The precise mode of delivery, and support for module content and its assessment will depend on the pathway being taken. Your learning will be supported by lectures, workshops and online material, alongside guided independent reading. On completion you will be sufficiently informed about the multidisciplinary aspect of laboratory investigations in achieving a complete diagnosis, across a range of diseases from different physiological systems.
Translational Research Skills
This module will help you to develop a range of subject-specific and generic research skills appropriate to the biomedical science discipline. These include ethics, governance, audit, experimental techniques and design, statistical analysis of data, literature searching and critical evaluation and scientific communication. Additionally, you will be introduced to the portfolio as a learning resource and shown how to relate this to professional practice.
Human Systems Physiology
Physiology is the science of life. During the Human Systems Physiology module, you will explore the function of each major organ system. You will discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlay this function, and how organ systems are integrated and regulated to maintain homeostasis, while allowing the human body to adapt to changing metabolic and environmental demands. Laboratory classes use cutting-edge equipment that allow you to see “physiology in action” and develop competence in the techniques used by physiologists to advance the field.
Medical and Public Health Microbiology
In this module you will be introduced to medical and public health microbiology, practical skills, methods of isolation, identification and typing of bacteria from various sources.
Biomedical scientists collect and analyse samples of tissue for the diagnosis of diseases. In this module you will investigate the features and changes that occur in cells and tissues, which can be used as markers of disease and gain understanding of the techniques used to obtain, prepare and examine them.
Applied Biomedical Science
This module will help you develop an understanding of important analytical and diagnostic methods used in a clinical setting and on completion you will be able to critically compare different analytical methods and explain the principles of therapeutic drug monitoring applied to selected diseases.
Immunology is the study of the immune system. It is now a well-developed basic science, which is useful for the diagnosis and management of a great number and variety of human diseases. This module is designed to give an in-depth view of the basic components of the immune system and how these influence human diseases. Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding immune mechanisms in defense against human diseases and how these mechanisms can be dysregulated. Understanding the immune system leads to better clinical diagnostic and monitoring possibilities. Towards the end of the module you will also be given an overview of how the immune system can protect the body from developing cancers.
You will then select a 20 credit research project module plus an optional module from the list below:
Advances in Pathophysiology
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of selected human physiological systems including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the methodology used to monitor and assess cardiovascular and respiratory function.
Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease BSc Hons
This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.
Cancer: Bench to Bedside
Students will learn the critical biological capabilities that enable tumour cancer initiation, maintenance and progression, and how some of these hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. The module contains an overview of the basic biology of cancer and applicable therapeutic strategies, with attention paid to relevant current technologies and future directions in cancer biology. Lectures will be complemented with tutorials where students will be involved in critical reading of scientific papers, while learning to evaluate scientific data and familiarise themselves with a variety of modern techniques.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment.
You will be assigned a specific academic tutor and will benefit from a workplace mentor and training programme. This team will meet you regularly and will support your studies and completion of the IBMS registration portfolio. Each module will be assessed by coursework and/or end of module examination. Apprentices will also complete an EPA as part of their final work based module (EPA includes independent verification of the IBMS registration portfolio, a project-related oral presentation and a practical based assessment).
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.
Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.
During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.
As a Biomedicine student, you will learn in our advanced, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. This specialist, purpose-built facility ensures that you benefit from using the latest technologies to support your learning, and keep pace with cutting-edge scientific innovation and discovery.
What you need to know
This programme is currently being put forward for accreditation by the IBMS.
The programme structure will be delivered on a part-time, day release basis over a three year period, subject to agreement by your employer and the University.
We are looking for students who have a clear wish to become a biomedical scientist and who are motivated enough to undertake the degree and associated portfolio work to become a registered member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. Vacancies for apprenticeship are advertised on the Government’s apprenticeship website.
Please be aware of the application deadline below. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.
September 2023 Intake – Application deadline is Friday 28th July 2023
English language and maths at grade C or 4 or above.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
104-112 points including A2 biology or equivalent
104-112 points including A2 biology or equivalent. A pass in the practical element of science A Levels must be achieved
BTEC National Diploma
DMM- must include four good science modules
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Possible entry to year three
Possible entry to year three
104-112 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects
Irish Leaving Certificate
104-112 points from Higher Level including a science subject
Salford Alternative Entry System (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
The cost of the full degree apprenticeship programme is £27,000. The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.
The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.
The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.
There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 5%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.
The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Health Care Science Practitioner standard has been allocated the following funding band:
Funding band: 15
Funding band maximum: £27,000