Training, development and registration (blood sciences)

The education and training you undertake will depend on the level at which you are working.

Training and development

Your training depends on your level of entry.

Healthcare science associate or assistant

Once in post, as a healthcare science associate or assistant you’ll work towards relevant healthcare science QCF/NVQs and foundation degrees (or equivalent) while you’re working. These are underpinned by an awards and qualifications framework.


Phlebotomists' training will usually be entirely on the job and include learning to take blood from different patient groups including children and the elderly. The aim of this programme is to provide you with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge in phlebotomy. As a student you’ll undertake various objectives such as:

NHS Practitioner Training Programme

To enter via the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) you’ll need to take a full-time (usually three-year) accredited integrated BSc degree in healthcare science (life sciences) at university. At least 50 weeks of workplace-based training in the NHS is included in these programmes. For the most up-to-date list of accredited BSc healthcare science degrees, please use our course finder. Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

NHS Scientist Training Programme

If you’re a graduate entering the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) you’ll be employed on a fixed-term, salaried training post and will study towards a relevant Master's degree qualification in clinical science (blood sciences).

Programmes are supported by the development of workplace-based assessment tools, assessment of equivalent learning and the development of academic careers.

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

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