Healthcare Science Assistant

Job Description:

Healthcare science assistants support healthcare professionals.

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

What you will do:

As part of your day-to-day duties, you might:

  • label, sort and store specimens
  • help with tissue and fluid sample analysis
  • put together chemical solutions
  • load and operate machines
  • use a computer to input and analyse data
  • dispose of hazardous waste
  • sterilise equipment
  • maintain stock levels


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • knowledge of biology
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

To become a Healthcare Science Assistant, you typically don’t need specific subjects, but having a strong educational foundation and certain skills can be beneficial for this role, which involves providing support in various healthcare science fields. Here are some relevant subjects and skills:

  1. English Language: Effective communication skills, including written communication, are essential for documenting patient information and communicating with healthcare professionals.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for tasks like measuring and recording vital signs, medication dosages, and other numerical data.
  3. Science: Depending on the specific area of healthcare science, subjects like biology, chemistry, or physics may be beneficial for understanding scientific principles and terminology.
  4. Information Technology (IT): Proficiency in using computers and relevant software is valuable for data entry, record-keeping, and operating medical equipment.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly


You could take a college course to help improve your chances of finding work. Courses include:

  • Certificate or Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
  • Level in Healthcare Science


You can do an intermediate healthcare science assistant apprenticeship. You could also do a healthcare science associate higher apprenticeship if you have the relevant qualifications.


You may have an advantage if you’ve worked or volunteered in a health or social care role.

You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local health department for further advice.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. You’ll usually need:

  • good literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  • an understanding of medical terminology
  • some experience of working in a healthcare or lab setting

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 40-42 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends on a rota.

You could work in an office, in a laboratory or at a GP practice. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could apply for a post as a healthcare science associate.

With a degree you could work towards becoming a healthcare scientist or biomedical scientist.

You could also train to become a cardiological technician, cardiographer, cervical cytology screener or phlebotomist.