Entry requirements, skills and interests (neurophysiology)
You can enter neurophysiology with A-levels (or equivalent level-3 qualifications) or after a relevant science degree.
There are two entry points into neurophysiology:
You’ll need two or three A2 or A-levels* including science subjects and a good spread of GCSEs at A-C grade to enter as a healthcare science practitioner through the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) by taking an accredited BSc degree in healthcare science (neurophysiology).
(*alternative or equivalent qualifications may be accepted by some universities, but you’re advised to check with each university (or visit their website) before making an application)
Use our course finder to get a list of universities running accredited degrees in healthcare science.
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 physiological sciences (which include neurophysiology), the most commonly accepted degrees will be in physiology, pure or applied physics, engineering, biology, human biology or sports science (if there is sufficient science content).
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.
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 or employer to see what sort of experience is preferred or required.
To work in neurophysiology, you’ll need:
- a mature, calm, confident but sympathetic approach to achieve the best outcome for each patient as many patients may be anxious about the procedures and will need reassurance from you
- an interest in science and technology, a good academic background and an ability to update and test your knowledge against experience
- to be confident with technology, systems and processes
- good communication skills to be able to liaise with the healthcare team and also to advise and reassure patients
- meticulous attention to detail to produce highly accurate work even when under pressure
- good interpersonal skills as you may have direct contact with patients and you must respect their privacy, be sympathetic and have a friendly and professional attitude towards them
- to be able to work as part of a team.
If you work in a role with responsibility for resources (such as staff, budgets or equipment) you'll need excellent leadership skills and be able to use your initiative within the remit of your job role.
If you're applying for a healthcare science role or training position either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.
The NHS values form a key part of the NHS Constitution.