AHCS Standards of Education and Training

Details of the AHCS Standards of Education and Training for MSC Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes.

The Academy for Healthcare Science approves education providers for the Practitioner Training Programmes (PTP) and the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programmes (HSST). It does this by delegating the task of accrediting Higher Education Institutions (HEI) offering PTP and HSST programmes to the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS), who undertake the accreditation process against the Academy’s Standards of Education and Training (SETs) below.


The Academy quality assures the accreditation process undertaken by the NSHCS by observing a sample of accreditation visits, sitting on the review panel that reviews accreditation outcomes.


The overarching requirement is that undergraduate degree programmes align with, and are mapped to, these SETs, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Education and Training and the relevant parts of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (QAA) Quality Code.