|Start date||September 2019|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
|Attendance||Full-time degree apprenticeship via blended learning|
|Fees||See the Fees and funding tab|
|Course leader||Lesley Davies|
This BSc apprenticeship will be delivered across each academic year in designated periods of placement learning and study blocks. This model allows the apprentice to gain the advantages of the University resources and support processes, become integrated as a Middlesex University student, and develop a sense of belonging and cohort identity. Placement periods are assessed within their own area of employment according to the National School of Healthcare Science programme requirements.
The modules are delivered through attendance at University, independent study days and a range of planned placement experiences. As students they will be employed within local Trusts or Healthcare organisations as Cardiac Physiologist Degree Apprentices (CPDAs). In order to meet the National School of Healthcare Science requirements, the apprentice will complete planned practice placements within their place of work.
The apprentice will have access to My Learning at module and programme level, and all resources provided within it. These resources allow them to undertake the required pre and post sessional work within each module.
Whilst in practice, the apprentice's learning and assessment are supported and assessed by an identified mentor, who have prepared for the role by the University, for learning and assessment in practice. A range of practice learning experiences are planned in line with National School of Healthcare Science requirements.
This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.
The apprentice will have the opportunity to gain professional status and upon successful completion of their degree apprenticeship they will have gained:
This degree will give the apprentice knowledge of cardiac physiology and the many forms of patient testing and treatments. We are focused on improving healthcare for future generations through leading on pioneering research that saves lives and the apprentice will be encouraged to become an independent learner by leading on their own research projects in an area of specialist interest.
Throughout their studies they will develop their skills in state-of-the-art laboratories with professional standard equipment.
In this module, the apprentice will begin developing and understanding the clinical skills, knowledge and professional attitude required for a career as a NHS Practitioner as well as gaining insights into roles and responsibilities.
This module will serve as an introduction to the scientific basis of general healthcare, aiming to provide solid foundation upon which the apprentice can build.
This module will aim to develop the apprentice's basic knowledge and understanding of healthcare related sciences.
This module will serve as a basic introduction and understanding of cardiovascular and respiratory measurements and sleep sciences. The apprentice will develop their understanding in the recognition of abnormal results.
This module will develop the apprentice's in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
This module aims to provide the apprentice with the knowledge and understanding required for the development of analysis and reporting skills for research projects. It will also encourage continued development of clinical skills and professionalism.
This module will provide the apprentice with the understanding of principles, properties and techniques of diagnostic instruments used for physiological measurements in a clinical setting.
Within this module, the apprentice will focus on the study of cardiovascular and respiratory disease processes and conditions. They will also focus on pathologies, epidemiology, public health and psychosocial aspects of each disease.
This module will explore the advanced interpretation and analysis of the ECG and causative pathologies as well as the recognition of abnormal results. The apprentice will also gain an understanding of non-invasive diagnostic investigations.
This module will advance the apprentice's professional skills such as leadership as well as their understanding of clinical incidents and medical alerts.
This module will take the form of an independent study of a cardiac based scientific research project.
This module will deepen the apprentice's understanding of diagnostic provocative electrophysiology, including pathophysiology, pharmacology, and diagnosis of related cardiac disease.
This module will further the apprentice's understanding of diagnostic and therapeutic angiographic procedures and results.
This is a professional programme and the apprentice will be taught via a work-integrated blended learning approach which will comprise the following:
The apprentice will be required to submit a range of evidence of work-integrated learning for assessment that reflect aspects of practice as a Senior Leader. This can include learning journals, portfolios, role playing, work-based projects, reports, professional development plans and a business transformation project.
All apprenticeships in England are required to include an End-point Assessment (EPA) to test that apprentices have demonstrated all the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for full occupational competence as specified in the nationally approved Apprenticeship Standard. For degree apprenticeships, the EPA can either be integrated within the degree or separate to the degree programme.
The specific requirements for EPA for BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology apprenticeship is detailed in the nationally approved End-point Assessment Plan and this can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.
Evidence of the ability to successfully engage with reflective work-based learning based on pre-entry assessment
There is no cost to do a higher or degree apprenticeship for the apprentice/student. They will earn at least the minimum wage for apprentices but many companies pay more than this, particularly for higher and degree apprenticeships.
They could potentially earn upwards of £300* per week plus the employer and the government is required to pay the tuition fees, meaning the apprentice won't need a tuition fee loan.
*Information and statistics from GOV.UK
On completion of the programme, the apprentice could be eligible to apply for band 5 physiological science posts in the NHS. They could also further their studies on an NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) to become a physiological scientist, working in the NHS at Band 7 or higher.