BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science / Ophthalmic and Vision Science
AHPO is a Pearson-approved training centre. We provide education and training for the BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science that is awarded by Pearson. The Diploma is for staff working at the level of a Healthcare Science Associate. We are offering the qualification in Ophthalmic and Vision Science (OVS) only. It is part of the Level 4 Healthcare Science apprenticeship programme, but is also available for any ophthalmic staff who want to undertake the qualification as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The main difference between the BTEC Diploma for apprenticeship or CPD is the source of funding. Apprenticeships may be available to currently employed as well as new staff. This is something you need to discuss with your employer.
The BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science has 10 mandatory units and 122 optional units. Each specialism within Healthcare Science can select optional units appropriate for the training of their staff. Thus the Ophthalmic and Vision Science Diploma has 10 mandatory units and 12 optional units that are listed here You can download the full Pearson specification for the BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science here
AHPO teaches the knowledge-based units in the Diploma by distance learning only. Course materials are delivered in a series of eBooks on an iPad that is included with the course. Course work is presented and assessed in an ePortfolio, and competence units are assessed in the workplace. AHPO assigns you an assessor, and your employer assigns you a workplace mentor. AHPO also provides face-to-face teaching at AHPO workshops.
Applicants should have Level 2 at Maths and English, and preferably A-levels or equivalent, or relevant work experience. The Diploma should be completed in 24 months. For further information on how to apply for the Level 4 Apprenticeship / BTEC Diploma click on either of the links below.
If you are studying for the Level 4 BTEC Diploma as part of your CPD click below
If you are studying for the Level 4 BTEC Diploma as an apprenticeship click below
Level 5 AHPO Diploma in Healthcare Science / Ophthalmic and Vision Science
The level 5 Diploma is a qualification designed to meet the learning needs of ophthalmic associates who have completed the level 4 BTEC Diploma in Healthcare Science - ophthalmic and vision science route and who wish to extend their knowledge and skills. Please refer to our handbook for more information.