Studying healthcare science

This page provides an overview of what to consider if you are thinking about a career in healthcare science, what you can expect during training and your next steps, once qualified.

Healthcare science staff help prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions. They may work directly with patients or in a supporting role. Healthcare science covers a range of jobs in four broad areas:

Applying to train in healthcare science

There are a number of routes into a career in healthcare science. These include:

Take a look at our diagram which sets out the different healthcare science career and training pathways.

Find out more about healthcare science apprenticeships on the National School of Healthcare Science website

NHS Practitioner Training Programme

The PTP leads to an approved and accredited degree in in one of five themes of healthcare science:

Use our course finder to search for approved healthcare science degree courses

Applications for first degrees are made through UCAS.

Search for degree apprenticeship vacancies in healthcare science on the NHS Jobs website and the Government's Find an apprenticeship website

Find out more about the PTP on the National School for Healthcare Science website.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for healthcare science degree courses vary because each university sets its own entry criteria. You are likely to need two or three A-levels (or equivalent level three qualifications) including one or two science subjects or maths, plus supporting GCSEs. Contact universities directly to find out whether qualifications equivalent to A-levels and GCSEs are acceptable. Our course finder lists accredited degrees in healthcare science.

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