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Applying for an apprenticeship

Eligibility and entry requirements

You will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria to be considered for this role, which ensures you will be able to enrol onto the degree programme and meet the government requirements for apprenticeship funding.

You will need to hold one of the following:

  • A levels – BBC to ABB (112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points) to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the IB, to include a minimum of IB Grade 4 in two higher level science subjects
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM in Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course
  • Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

In addition to the above, it is a requirement that all applicants can demonstrate competency at a Level 2 standard in English and Maths. This will be assessed during the application process, as part of the initial assessment stage.

Please note - You cannot already hold a degree in biomedical science (unfortunately this course cannot be used as a top route for those holding a non accredited biomedical science degree).

How do I apply?

For more details such as the job description and staff term and conditions, please refer to our online advert: 

View the Apprenticeship specification

If you’re still not convinced, here are just a few reasons to apply:

  • It’s a paid job - An apprenticeship is a paid job where you benefit from structured training whilst gaining valuable workplace experience, getting you started in an exciting professional career.
  • University fees are paid for – studying for a degree will cost you around £9,250 per year in tuition fees. As your employer, we cover the tuition fees for the whole degree meaning you will graduate without the usual student debts!
  • You get high quality training – we are experienced in delivering excellent pathology training. You will be paired up with a training officer who will support you the whole way through your degree and in your workplace training.
  • You will graduate with your HCPC registration – this sets you up to immediately start working as a biomedical scientist. Most other graduates will still need to find an employer to support them through the registration portfolio and competition between graduates for this opportunity is fierce.

Why do an apprenticeship with Sonic Healthcare UK?

If you are interested in completing a biomedical science degree, this allows you to achieve that goal whilst earning a salary, covering your tuition fees and getting valuable experience in your chosen profession.

You have one-to-one support from a training officer who will be with you all along the way helping you through the training and degree.

It’s a win-win!

Staff benefits include:

  • Annual performance related salary review with a starting a salary of £24,000
  • Discounted gym membership – we have a corporate gym membership scheme with Better Gyms
  • Cash healthcare plan – cash back on a variety of healthcare costs including dentist and opticians
  • Sick Pay Entitlement – 5 paid days in the first year of employment, 20 days thereafter
  • Employee Assistance Programme – supporting staff wellbeing
  • Season Ticket Loan Scheme – interest free loan for the cost of annual travel ticket
  • Perkbox – Access to additional staff perks and benefits such as high street discounts
  • Company Pension Scheme – company and staff contributions which increase with years of service
  • Competitive annual leave allowance - 28 days annual leave