New BTEC introductory vocational qualifications for healthcare science now available


27 / 3 / 2015 1pm

Two new BTEC introductory vocational qualifications are now available to help facilitate entry for those interested in a career in healthcare science. These mark the beginning of the Bands 2-4 framework implementation, with work continuing to develop curricula, learning materials and related apprenticeships.

Developed by Pearson, who specialise in learning in education, using core training modules developed as part of Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC), the qualifications have now been approved by The Office of Qualifications and Regulations (Ofqual) and now feature on the Ofqual register. The qualifications are also supported by Cojent, the Sector Skills Council for the science industries.

What this means for employers

Training providers who are registered by Pearson as an approved centre to deliver the new qualifications will now be able to work with employers to deliver the training. Both qualifications are ideal for people who are new to healthcare science and who would like to pursue a career in the areas of biological (life) science, physiological science and physics and bioengineering specialisms.

The two courses available are:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Healthcare Science - aimed at healthcare science assistants
  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Healthcare Science - aimed at healthcare science associates

Individuals who complete the introductory qualifications will have the opportunity to progress to the relevant knowledge-based and workforce-based components of the MSC Framework Bands 2-4.

Further information

For further information, please download this information sheet or visit

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