Entry requirements, skills and interests (haematology)

There are three routes into haematology, or you could be a biomedical scientist specialising in this area of healthcare science.

Entry requirements

There are three main entry points into haematology within healthcare science:

With A-levels or level-3 equivalent qualifications

You’ll typically need at least two or three A-levels including science subjects and a good spread of GCSEs at A-C grade to apply for the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) by taking an accredited BSc degree in healthcare science (blood sciences). Alternative or equivalent qualifications may be accepted by some universities, but you are advised to check with each university (or visit their website) before making an application.

With a relevant degree

You can apply for a place on the graduate-entry NHS Scientist Training Programme for which you must have a 1st or 2.1 either in an undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master’s degree in a pure or applied science subject relevant to the specialism for which you are applying.

If you have a 2.2 honours degree or better in any subject, you will also be considered if you have a higher degree* that is relevant to the specialism for which you are applying.

(*Higher degree as defined on page 17 of The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies Please note this does not include postgraduate diplomas or postgraduate certificates.)

Because of the extensive variation in degrees available it isn’t possible to provide a definitive list of relevant degrees for entry to the STP. For STP positions in the life sciences (which include heamatology), the most commonly accepted degrees will be in biomedical sciences, biology, microbiology, genetics or biochemistry.

For all candidates, evidence of research experience (e.g. in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of scientific and academic capability) is considered desirable.

You need to be sure that you’ve reviewed the job description and person specification for the training (on the National School of Healthcare Science’s website), and the information on this page. You then need to be sure to match the skills and knowledge required to the content of your degree and the specialism you wish to apply for.

For full details of entry requirements for the STP, including qualifications, scientific skills, transferable skills and physical requirements, please see the person specification on the National School of Healthcare Science’s website.

As an experienced clinical scientist

With experience as a registered clinical scientist you could apply for Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST).

You could also be a biomedical scientist, specialising in haematology. Read more about biomedical science.

It can be advantageous to have gained some experience of working in a relevant environment before applying for a place on a course or job vacancy. You should always check with the course provider/employer to see what sort of experience is preferred or required.

Find out more about the training you’ll receive and registration for a career in haematology.

Make a comment or report a problem with this page

Help us improve Health Careers