BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science - three Medical Physics Technology specialisms Healthcare Science Practitioner (Medical Physics Technology)

Course code
ST0413B
Level
Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
School
School of Applied Sciences
Duration
Typically three years
Delivery
Block release and one day online; September intake
Programme leader
Pippa Dunbar

Page last updated 5 September 2023

Introduction

Study one of three specialist pathways on our Healthcare Science Practitioner (Medical Physics Technology) 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 (Medical Physics Technology) 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 is aimed at healthcare workers who wish to develop in the field of medical physics and specialise in radiation physics, nuclear medicine or radiotherapy physics. The teaching content has been built in consultation with the National School of Healthcare Science and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

If you're currently employed as a healthcare worker, you'll develop the skills and behaviours required to excel in the field of medical physics. Combining study with your existing role, you'll gain the technical knowledge needed to research, develop, test and maintain specialist equipment used to prevent, diagnose and treat many conditions.

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. Our Virtual Linear Accelerator allows you to experience delivering doses of radiotherapy to tumours in a virtual radiotherapy room environment.

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. Extensive online resources and interactive learning environments will give you access to everything you need to develop the skills and knowledge a healthcare scientist's role demands.

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.

Careers

This apprenticeship enables you to gain a professionally accredited BSc(Hons) qualification designed for NHS Clinical Technologists. On successful completion of the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Medical Physics Technology) apprenticeship, you'll be a qualified healthcare scientist.

Depending on your specialism, you'll graduate with BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science with recognition of your specialist pathway in Medical Physics Technology:

  • nuclear medicine
  • radiation physics
  • radiotherapy physics.

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

Content

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, you'll undertake a healthcare science project and study professional practice for healthcare science. You'll also specialise in a medical physics pathway chosen from:

  • radiation physics
  • nuclear medicine
  • radiotherapy physics.

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 three-year course combining face-to-face, work-based and online learning. You'll complete three five-day blocks at UWE Bristol in each year for seminars, laboratory and practical sessions, plus tutorials and assessments.

The rest of your learning will be based in your workplace with extensive online interaction, requiring a combination of directed and independent study alongside hands-on experience.

See our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you'll gain a BSc(Hons) in Healthcare Science with recognition of your specialist pathway in Medical Physics Technology:

  • radiation physics
  • nuclear medicine
  • radiotherapy physics.

This degree is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) 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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Entry

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 above.
  • 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 are 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 subjects shown above.
  • Baccalaureate IB: At least Grade 5 in a higher level subject in one of the subjects shown above.
  • Irish Highers: H2 in a subject shown 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: that if you have more than 4 years' extensive and relevant work experience the typical offer may be reduced, e.g. 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 applicant's 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

Prospective apprentices should usually apply for an apprenticeship through an employer. If you're interested in any of our apprenticeships, speak to your employer in the first instance.

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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