Apprenticeships - Apprenticeship Standard 099 - Level 2 Healthcare Science Assistant

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 59369
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Not Set
Course type Full Time


The healthcare science assistant (HCSA)in the sterile services area perform a wide range of routine technical procedures, with minimal supervision, in the decontamination service area; following specific protocols and procedures in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements.

An example of activities undertaken by HCS Assistants within Sterile Services is the various technical aspects of decontamination of equipment and instruments required to enable a safe high-quality procedure for the patient. Procedures such as an operation in the operating theatre or observation of internal organs using telescopes. During the course there are work placements in areas that include interaction with patients and Health Care Scientists. The HCSA can observe the procedures first hand to have a complete understanding of the importance of their role within the Health Care setting.


What you will study 

The qualification will offer underpinning knowledge and occupational competence for the role of a healthcare science assistant. This includes knowledge and understanding of:

1 Skills for Lifelong Learning

2 Professional Practice and Person-Centred Care

3 Legal and Ethical Contact of Practice

4 Health, Safety and Security in the Healthcare Science Environment

5 Technical Scientific Services

6 Effective Communication in Healthcare and Teamwork

7. Reflection and Continuing Personal and Professional Development

Further units from work specific competencies

How will it be delivered?

How you will be assessed 

A portfolio of evidence including competency-based observations and witness testimonies.

End Point Assessment designed to ensure that the apprentice has the opportunity to demonstrate in a variety of ways that they have achieved the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Standard

• Element 1- Vocational Competence Observation (VCO) – 30

mins (10 mins per task) plus 15 minutes for discussion and recording

• Element 2 – Professional Practice Test (PPT) – 60 mins for apprentice to undertake the test under exam conditions; 20 minutes for discussion; 15 mins for all responses to be assessed and recorded

• Element 3 - Professional discussion (PD) informed by the evidence presented – 30 minutes plus 15 minutes

to complete assessment record

Reflective self-assessment showing evidence that the apprentice has developed an insight into their personal and professional development.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required before learners register for this qualification, however knowledge within the field is assumed.

Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment. They must also sit the level 2 test for both English and Maths.

Your next steps...

Further Study

Opportunity to study towards the Health Care Science Associate Level 4 Qualification.

Career Opportunities 

On completion of the HCSA Apprenticeship individuals will be eligible to apply to join the Academy for HCS (AHCS) accredited register.