Higher/Degree Apprenticeship Healthcare Science Practitioner (Clinical Engineering)

BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science - four Clinical Engineering specialisms

Course code
Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
School of Applied Sciences
Typically three years
Block release and one day online; September intake
Programme leader
Dr Mario Orsi

Page last updated 28 May 2024


Study one of four specialist pathways on our Healthcare Science Practitioner (Clinical Engineering) apprenticeship. Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England (HEE), this apprenticeship trains you to be a qualified healthcare scientist.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study for a Healthcare Science Practitioner (Clinical Engineering) apprenticeship?

Thanks to a unique collaboration between UWE Bristol and NHS providers, healthcare science practitioners can now access exciting learning opportunities fully funded via an apprenticeship.

This Level 6 degree apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to 'learn and earn' while undertaking your Practitioner Training Programme (PTP). It has been built in consultation with service providers, the National School of Healthcare Science and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Through the apprenticeship, you'll develop new skills and knowledge that will allow you to progress your career in a specific role with your employer. On successful completion, you'll graduate with one of the following degrees, depending on your specialism:

  • BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering)
  • BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Radiation Engineering)
  • BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Rehabilitation Engineering)
  • BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Renal Technology).

Why UWE Bristol?

We've recently invested £3.2 million in our science laboratories, so you'll have access to the latest industry equipment while attending study blocks with us. Extensive online resources and interactive learning environments will give you access to everything you need to achieve academic success.

Our experienced academic community provides guidance and support throughout, and we'll liaise with you to ensure the course builds on your strengths and expertise in clinical engineering.

Benefits to your employer

You'll continue working in-post for your employer while studying for this qualification, so you'll integrate theory and practice from the start and remain a key asset to your workplace. Learning and work experience complement each other in a live context, and you'll be able to apply your learning directly to your workplace, growing in confidence and competence as a result. Your employer will reap the benefits of your expertise while you develop a new set of skills that will enhance your career.


On successful completion of the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Clinical Engineering) apprenticeship, you'll be a qualified healthcare scientist. The technical, analytical and communication skills you'll gain will benefit both your career and your workplace.

Depending on your specialism, you'll graduate with BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science, with recognition of your specialist pathway in Clinical Engineering: medical engineering, radiation engineering, rehabilitation engineering, or renal technology.

In addition to supporting your development in the workplace, this apprenticeship will help you to understand the career landscape in your sector and plan for your longer-term ambitions. Our award-winning Careers Service is on hand to give you independent advice and guidance at any point in your studies.

Course details


Year one (all pathways) 

You’ll study:

  • Foundations of Engineering Science
  • Foundations of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Introduction to Professional Practice in Healthcare Science
  • Life Science for Clinical Engineering.

Year two (all pathways)

You’ll study:

  • Advanced Clinical Engineering
  • Applied Clinical Engineering
  • Professional Aspects of Healthcare Science
  • Scientific Practice.

Year three

You'll choose a specific clinical engineering pathway from:

  • radiation engineering
  • rehabilitation engineering
  • medical engineering
  • renal technology.

You’ll study:

All pathways
  • Healthcare Science Project
  • Professional Healthcare Science Practice.


Medical Engineering pathway
  • Advanced Medical Engineering
  • Applied Renal and Medical Engineering.
Radiation Engineering pathway
  • Advanced Radiation Engineering
  • Applied Radiation and Rehabilitation Engineering.
Rehabilitation Engineering pathway
  • Advanced Rehabilitation and Renal Engineering
  • Applied Radiation and Rehabilitation Engineering.
Renal Technology pathway
  • Advanced Rehabilitation and Renal Engineering
  • Applied Renal and Medical Engineering.

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

Learning and Teaching

This is a blended learning course, 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 work-based and requires a combination of directed and independent studies alongside hands-on experience.

See our glossary of teaching and learning terms.


Professional accreditation

On completing this apprenticeship successfully, you'll achieve a BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science degree apprenticeship, with recognition of your specialist pathway in Clinical Engineering:

  • radiation engineering
  • rehabilitation engineering
  • medical engineering
  • renal technology.

The course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England.

Study facilities

Throughout your apprenticeship, you'll have access to student support, multi-million pound science laboratories and the latest industry equipment, including our Virtual Linear Accelerator.

You'll also have 24/7 access to IT support, whether you're on campus or at your workplace.

Find out more about our state-of-the-art facilities.


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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 96
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent (we accept Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English).
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in one of the subject requirements shown below.
  • Specific subjects: At least one relevant STEM subject (for example, Physics, Engineering or Mathematics) at 32 points/Grade C or higher.
  • Relevant subjects: Applicants with the following additional qualifications are also welcome to apply.(Please note that the full entry requirements are still required and that those listed below these may form a part of any offer): NVQ Avensys L3 in Engineering Maintenance.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You'll need a minimum of five units in a relevant STEM subject. You may be asked to do more based on the size of your units. Please list the units you're studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us. For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at merit or above in the relevant STEM subjects as indicated above.
  • Baccalaureate IB: At least Grade 5 in a higher-level subject of the relevant STEM subjects as indicated above.
  • Irish Highers: H2 in a relevant STEM subject as indicated above.
  • T Levels: A good pass (A*-C) in Healthcare Science or Science.

Entry requirements

To be an apprentice, you must be employed in a role that is relevant to the skill, trade, or occupation you're being trained for. As part of your commitment to the apprenticeship, you'll have to complete at least six hours per week of off-the-job learning activity within your normal contracted working hours, which is supported by your employer.

We use the UCAS Tariff system to make offers to applicants. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points.

Please note: if you have more than 4 years' extensive and relevant work experience the typical offer may be reduced. For example from 96 to 64 UCAS Tariff Points.

In addition, all applicants are required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check* - applicants are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check with UWE Bristol. Offers of a place will be subject to Disclosure of Criminal Background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.
  • Occupational Health* - you must be in good health and up to date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. Employers will be required to share applicants' Occupational Health Clearance with UWE Bristol before they start their course. 

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Accredited Learning and Accredited Experiential Learning

You may be able to gain accreditation for prior learning from another institution (Accredited Learning) or you may be able to get credit for learning achieved through experience that may not be formally accredited (Accredited Experiential Learning). For more information, please see our Accredited Learning (AL) page.

ESFA eligibility requirements

To study an apprenticeship, you need to:

  • be aged 16 years or over
  • be an EEA citizen (with Right to Work in the UK) and not be in any other kind of full-time education (including being enrolled on any other apprenticeship programme)
  • be employed (for at least the full planned duration of your apprenticeship) in a role that is linked to the appropriate industry for the apprenticeship training
  • receive at least legal minimum wage for apprentices (wages vary depending on experience, employer and level or type of apprenticeship)
  • commit to at least 6 hours per week of apprenticeship training during your normal working hours
  • have support from your employer, including a mentor/line manager. Your employer is also responsible for funding your apprenticeship.

More information about eligibility for apprenticeship funding is available on the GOV.UK website.

How to apply


If you’re interested in applying and have the support from your employer, speak to your line manager and/or HR team in the first instance for approval. Your employer will contact us so we can send you an application link.


If you’re not employed, you can use the following tools to find an apprenticeship vacancy with an employer:

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For further information

For course-specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Leader.

For all other enquiries, please email our Apprenticeship Hub apprenticeships@uwe.ac.uk or call +44 (0)117 32 84888.

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