Training, development and registration (biomedical science)

Biomedical scientists must be registered with the HCPC to work in the UK.

Training routes

To practice as a biomedical scientist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work in the UK. You first need to successfully complete an HCPC-approved programme. You are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. There are three routes to gain this registration:

NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP)

NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) - a number of universities run BSc (Hons) healthcare science degrees in life sciences with options to specialise in blood sciences, infection sciences or cellular sciences. If you graduate from these accredited degrees, you can apply to register as a biomedical scientist with the HCPC. You must check with each university running BSc healthcare science degrees in the life sciences, to confirm this is the case.

For the most up to date list of accredited BSc healthcare science degrees please use our course finder.

Accredited degree in biomedical science

With an honours degree in biomedical science from one of the UK education centres accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and approved by the HCPC, you can gain employment with the NHS as a trainee biomedical scientist. While working, you need to follow a period of in service training in a laboratory setting, during which you're required to complete a portfolio that evidences your acquisition of competence. At the end of this period, your application is externally verified by the IBMS for the award of a Certificate of Competence as evidence that you have met the HCPC standard of proficiency. This can be used to support your application for admittance to the HCPC register in order to practice as a biomedical scientist.

If you have graduated with a non IBMS-accredited degree, you should contact the IBMS to have your degree assessed.

A-levels/equivalent qualification

with A-levels in life sciences and/or equivalent as a trainee biomedical scientist, however this is only possible if your employer is willing to offer financial support and the time off to study for the degree on a part-time basis, then the training would be completed as above.

Find out more about the entry requirements, skills and interests required to enter a career in biomedical science.

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