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Our apprenticeship courses

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Diagnostic radiography 

Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving, continually developing profession which integrates patient-care with digital technology.
Our apprenticeship programme is a mixture of work-based learning modules and specialist learning, delivered to the nationally recognised Level 6 Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprenticeship standard, leading to a BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer.

Launching soon


This programme is subject to all necessary approvals. 
The Medical Doctor Degree Apprenticeship is an exciting new development designed to offer NHS organisations the opportunity to grow their future medical workforce. The University of Plymouth is proud to be one of just three institutions nationwide piloting the programme, which is designed to give skilled and bright individuals, who may be unable to attend university full time, a new route to train as a doctor. 
Supported by Health Education England, the four-year programme is aimed at graduates currently employed as health care professionals in Trusts or healthcare providers, promoting career development. This approach will give healthcare provider organisations space to create and retain a workforce which mirrors more closely the population they serve, and fill posts in currently under-served areas.
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - Teaching and Learning
A Medical Doctor Degree Apprentice will be employed as an apprentice by a healthcare provider organisation. They will study flexibly alongside work, so they can put newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice immediately. Medical Apprentices will train at the same high standards as those taking traditional educational routes. As employees, apprentices will be paid a salary by the organisation they work for; earning while learning. After graduation, Medical Apprentices will be able to follow the standard Foundation Programme path towards becoming a highly-skilled clinician in any field of medicine they wish.

Physician Associate

Subject to all final approvals
The MSc Physician Associate Studies apprenticeship will ensure parity of robust training standards with traditional programmes and include both the same mandatory degree qualification as well as the same occupational competence and outcome. Apprentices will also be subject to the same Physician Associate National Examination as a requirement to practice. 
This 2.5 year program will be delivered via blended learning. During the apprenticeship, the learner will be fully engaged in clinical and medical learning. The PA apprentice will be employed in a healthcare environment, working in an appropriate role that will allow them to develop the skills, knowledge, and behaviour of a competent Physician Associate. To further enhance their learning, apprentices will also experience a variety of placements, outside of their own clinical workplace, within primary and secondary care. 
In addition to their 'on-the-job' clinical learning, and 'off-the-job' asynchronous and synchronous teaching, created and delivered by academic and clinical staff, apprentices will also be required to spend approximately 4 weeks per year (in 4 x 1-week blocks) at the University of Plymouth, for intensive clinical skills training and assessment, augmenting their workplace-based continuous clinical training and allowing apprentices to be assessed to the same robust standards as those training to become a Physician Associate via the alternative full-time university route.  
The entry criteria for the apprenticeship align with those for our standard entry two year MSc Physician Associate Studies i.e. a suitable healthcare or bioscience undergraduate degree plus the additional prerequisite of Level 2 Maths and English at the commencement of the program as a key Government requirement. It is hoped that the programme will begin in September 2024.
Physician associates clinical skills