Healthcare Science Practitioner (Physiological Sciences) degree apprenticeship

The programme provides a broad knowledge base in healthcare sciences, with options to specialise in cardiac, respiratory and sleep, or neurophysiology.


The apprenticeship is an ‘earn and learn’ opportunity to secure the next generation of healthcare scientists and enhance their specialisms.

Thanks to UWE Bristol’s unique collaboration with NHS providers, you will have access to placement and in-post training options, and take on valuable work-based learning, supported by the latest equipment and online study resources - fully funded through the apprenticeship levy.

Course details

This is a three academic-year apprenticeship with placement or in-post options.

It encourages self-directed learning alongside lectures, workshops, tutorials and practical work. Placements are supported by superbly equipped modern lecture theatres and laboratories, and candidates accumulate over 40 weeks of work-based experience and training, which can be flexible according to the job needs.

Year one modules include an introduction to physiological sciences, the scientific basis of life and anatomy and physiology.

In year two, modules develop a focus on the chosen specialism from:

  • cardiac physiology
  • respiratory and sleep physiology
  • neurophysiology.

and cover the professional aspects of healthcare science.

In the final year, you will undertake a healthcare science project and study professional practice for healthcare science. You’ll also gain more advanced and in-depth training in the chosen specialism.

For information about the apprenticeship standard, please visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website. For further details about the curricula, visit the National School of Healthcare Science website.


On completing this apprenticeship successfully, you will have a BSc(Hons) in Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences), with recognition of their specialist pathway in cardiac physiology, respiratory and sleep physiology, or neurophysiology.

The course is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be employed in a relevant higher apprenticeship role, as defined by the Department for Education, and be working in a physiological sciences department that can support completion of the Practitioner Training Programme through the work-based portfolio. They should also have GCSE Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, plus A-level Grade C or above in Chemistry or Biology, and a pass in another science subject.

Equivalent qualifications or professional experience may also be accepted.

How to apply

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance.

There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships. We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.

Benefits for businesses

This apprenticeship benefits employers who want to ‘grow their own’ talent to match specific roles, or to encourage career development that benefits their practice directly.

Successful graduates will be qualified healthcare scientists with specialisms relevant to, and informed by, your practice. They’ll have expertise in physiological measurement techniques, diagnosis and clinical problem solving. Their accompanying knowledge, analytical and communication skills will also be highly valuable.

The course is designed to help you maximise the benefits of the apprenticeship levy, by providing a fully-funded university qualification that benefits you from the outset, and throughout your employees’ learning.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol recently invested £3.2 million in its science laboratories, so you will have access to the latest industry equipment, extensive online resources and interactive learning environments while attending study blocks with us, developing the skills and knowledge the healthcare scientist’s role demands.

Our experienced academic community provides guidance and support throughout, and we’ll liaise with your employer to build your strengths and expertise as a healthcare scientist.

We’ve developed this course in consultation with NHS trusts across the UK, and the National School of Healthcare Science.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Physiological Sciences) Degree Apprenticeship, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

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