Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science Pathology Laboratory Based Degree apprenticeship (Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprentice Standard ST0413)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Part-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024

Introduction

In a nutshell

*Please note that we are no longer recruiting to the Healthcare Science Practitioner Standard but we will be recruiting for the new Biomedical Scientist standard ST1413 following IBMS Accreditation: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/biomedical-scientist-v1-1 *

Those currently studying the Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprentice Standard 'ST0413' will continue with this apprenticeship until graduating from the programme.

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science Pathology Laboratory Based degree apprenticeship programme was developed through consultation with pathology laboratory employers and is co-delivered, meeting the requirements for the apprenticeship through completion of an IBMS accredited Biomedical Science degree. The programme has been designed to produce graduates that are skilled, knowledgeable and employment ready as a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist. Through careful mapping of the programme against all QAA subject benchmark statements, close liaison with the IBMS and a heavy focus on the development of employability, we ensure that our apprentices are ready for life post-graduation.

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.

You will:

  • Develop the lab skills needed to become a HCPC registered 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, haematology and cell biology

Course accreditations

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This if for you if...

1.

You want to develop your understanding of human disease processes

2.

You have a strong interest in how modern research underpins the development of new therapies to improve future healthcare

3.

You wish to pursue a career as a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist, and beyond

Course details

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 study between two to four different core and specialist modules at any one time, with more modules being taken concurrently in first year. To ensure high quality apprenticeship provision, work-based modules are taken at each level and throughout the whole year.  This ensures apprentices have consistent workplace and university support throughout their journey.

There are three distinct components to the degree apprenticeship:

  1. The academic degree programme leading to the IBMS accredited honours degree in Biomedical Science
  2. The work-based development of apprenticeship Knowledge Skills and Behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.  This aspect contributes to both completion of the IBMS registration portfolio and the integrated End Point Assessment.
  3. High quality apprenticeship provision including individual learning plans and care of apprentice wellbeing and awareness of support services to drawn on during their studies.

The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the honours degree programme and high quality apprenticeship provision. The employer is responsible for guiding the IBMS registration portfolio work and for supporting preparation for the End Point Assessment. The University and employer work closely with each other to assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace, and, ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you.

Year one

Genetics

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.

Human Anatomy

The module aims to introduce aspects of Human Anatomy/Embryology and enable the appreciation of structure-function relationships at the level of the cell, tissue, organ, system and organism. The lectures in the first trimester will introduce Gross Anatomy and Embryology using a system-based approach and the second trimester will detail the Histology at cellular and tissue level. The collective systems led approach will provide a good understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic structure-function aspects of the human body.

Biomedical Skills

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.

Professional Practice

This work-based module delivered both at university and in the workplace. Regular tutorials and workshops will support your development of critical study skills for your degree including scientific writing, numeracy and effective data handling. This module also provides apprentices an introduction to the professional conduct and fundamental academic skills required for life at university and beyond. Apprentices will complete the module with an understanding of academic writing, professional standards, regulatory bodies, ethical dilemmas, and independent and collaborative learning which will contribute towards the IBMS registration training portfolio.

Cell biology

Cell biology

This module provides a broad knowledge base in cell biology that acts as a foundation for content covered in other areas of the programme. The syllabus primarily focuses on mammalian cell biology and includes key content on the structure, function, cell cycle and techniques used in visualising healthy and diseased cells. The content also focuses on cellular processes and mechanism that occur during growth and death, you will learn about cell signalling and finally the metabolic processes that occur at a cellular level that are essential for life.

Year two

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.

Medical Biochemistry

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 about biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques used in clinical chemistry laboratory. This module is a combination of lectures and practical sessions.

Haematology and Transfusion

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 is a combination of lectures, flipped-learning and practical sessions.

Pathophysiology

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. 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.

Human 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.  

Laboratory Investigation of Disease 1

This critical work based learning module is delivered both at university and in the workplace.   Regular tutorials and workshops will support your development of both professional practice in Biomedical Science and research skills.  Workplace learning builds on your first year work (Professional Practice) towards developing your IBMS registration training portfolio. These include ethics, governance, audit, experimental techniques and design, statistical analysis of data, literature searching and critical evaluation and scientific communication. This module is taught primarily by small group tutorials, but also includes some lectures and workshops.

Year three

Medical and Public Health Microbiology

In this module you will learn about the pathogenic mechanisms of a range of microorganisms. You will learn about public health microbiology (epidemiology and control of infectious diseases) and practice of techniques used for screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of a range of infectious diseases, involving a range of methods to detect and identify microorganisms, prevention and control of infection. This module is very broad, giving you insight into vaccination, environmental and vector control, antimicrobial chemotherapy and antimicrobial resistance for a range of microorganisms.

Cellular Pathology

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. This module is taught by a combination of lectures and practical sessions.

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. This module is a combination of lectures and practical sessions and brings together key concepts from the different clinical specialisms.

Clinical Immunology

Immunology is the study of the immune system. Clinical Immunology 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, their mechanism of action and how they influence human disease.  Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding our well-orchestrated immune defence mechanisms and the causes and consequences of abnormal immune function. You will also gain an understanding of selected immunological techniques. Such techniques, along with our ever-growing understanding of the human immune system, lead to better detection, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment possibilities that define the field of Clinical Immunology.

Laboratory Investigation of Disease 2

This module includes support and resources for a workplace-based capstone research project. Undertaking research and applying outcomes from research is important to improve the diagnosis of diseases. In this module you will plan, carry out and report on an independent piece of research. This will be a substantial undertaking carried out across the final academic year of the degree. It will involve the generation of novel data, which may derive from experiments or other sources, its analysis and interpretation. This module is delivered through a combination of practical work, workshops, and small group tutorials which will also contribute towards the completion of the IBMS registration training portfolio and preparation for the verification of the portfolio.

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?

Teaching

Apprentices will need to attend University for the equivalent of approx. 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 2-4 different core and specialist modules at any one time, with more modules being taken concurrently in the 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.

Assessment

Apprentices will be assigned a specific academic tutor and will benefit from a workplace mentor and training programme. This team will meet regularly and will support the apprentice’s studies and completion of the IBMS registration portfolio.

Modules are assessed by coursework and/or end-of-module examination.  Apprentices will also complete an EPA which is integrated into their final work-based module and scaffolded by various methods of support from day one.  

The EPA consists of a readiness for practice written test, a professional discussion, and a verbal presentation of project research work.  Prior to the EPA, the IBMS registration portfolio must be completed and verified in the workplace.  The integrated nature of the programme ensures graduates are eligible to register with the HCPC and fit for practice as a band 5 Biomedical Scientist.

Feedback

To support your development, you will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is also available upon request from the module leader.

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Facilities

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.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for students who have a clear wish to become biomedical scientists and who are motivated enough to undertake the degree and associated portfolio work to become registered members of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but it is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

To apply for a 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. If you are not in employment, you can search for employers participating in the degree apprenticeship scheme using the UK Government's national apprenticeship website.

DELIVERY

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. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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 2024 Intake – The application deadline is July 2024

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

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

A level

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

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year three

Scottish Highers

104-112 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-112 points from Higher Level including a science subject

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

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.

Apprenticeship Funding

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

Find out more about Apprenticeship funding

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Not in Employment

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must first be employed with a company willing to enrol you on the apprenticeship programme.

The government national apprenticeship website has further information on this. The website also advertises vacancies for apprentices.

Unfortunately, the University does not hold details of employer vacancies.

In Employment

Speak with the apprentice lead in your organisation in the first instance as they will provide the funding and will make initial contact with the Apprenticeship Services Unit. Your employer will need to confirm that they'll fund and support your enrolment with the University.

If you are currently in employment with a company that is willing to support you through an apprenticeship, then they will need to contact us in the first instance to express their interest in the apprenticeship programme and this will trigger the application process.

For general apprenticeship enquiries email apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk phone: +44 (0)161 295 3063 or complete the contact us form

Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025