The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science is for learners who are employed as apprentices in the role of healthcare science associate and working towards gaining their apprenticeship. However, it is not just those working towards an apprenticeship who can undertake this qualification, those currently employed as healthcare science associates can complete the qualification to confirm their knowledge, skills and behaviours of the job role. The healthcare science (HCS) associate workforce supports the work of healthcare science Practitioners and Clinical Scientists in performing high-quality, safe diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring technical and scientific procedures from conception to end of life in job roles within hospitals, general practice and other settings in the healthcare sector and across all areas of healthcare science. They perform a wide range of routine technical and scientific procedures, with minimal supervision, within one of the divisions in HCS, following specific protocols and in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements. Activities carried out by healthcare science associates in the specific area/environment in which they work include: supporting the development and maintenance of standards/protocols as required; contributing to the safe, effective and efficient functioning of diagnostic/therapeutic services; supporting junior staff in learning required skills and behaviours; quality controlling the technical processing of biological samples and physiological and other diagnostic tests; managing technical data and writing technical reports.

The Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (QCF) provides recognition of the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in a laboratory. It covers health and safety; effective working relationships; dealing with laboratory specimens/samples and communicating information. It contains two Pathways: Industrial Science and Education Science.