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Healthcare Science Assistant & Healthcare Science Associate Standard Consultation 2021


Apprenticeship Standard for Level 2 Healthcare Science Assistant and Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate

Background: Apprenticeship Standards describe the high-level knowledge, skills and behaviours required to carry out a defined occupation. They are developed by employer led Trailblazer groups and are available for a range of different occupations from level 2 through to 7. The apprenticeship Standard for Healthcare Science Assistant is at Level 2 and Healthcare Science Associate is at Level 4. 

Rationale for refreshing the standard for this occupation: The Healthcare Science Assistant and Associate apprenticeship standards have been in use for several years.  In the meantime the format of the standards and the requirements set by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) have evolved. The Trailblazer group has reconvened to refresh the standards and bring them in line with current requirements.

Structure of the standard: Trailblazers must develop standards that comply with the criteria set out by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in their 'How To' Guide. The criteria mean that the standard must:

1. Be completed in line with their template 
2. Describe an occupation which is defined and distinct (with minimum overlap with other apprenticeship standards)
3. Use high level descriptors rather than providing a detailed curriculum.

Unlike the current apprenticeship standard, the new format includes duties to which all the knowledge, skills and behaviour statements are mapped. 

Full details of apprenticeships commonly used in the health sector can be found on HASO.

Download: Please download the Level 2 Healthcare Science Assistant standard here
 and the Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate standard here before you start so that you can refer to it whilst you are completing the survey.

How long will it take to complete the survey?
It should take in the region of 20 to 25 minutes.

What is the deadline for responding to the online survey?
The deadline for the consultation is 12pm, Wednesday 26th January.

Thank you for taking part.