You'll need to complete a 2-year traineeship. Training and education in anatomical pathology combines academic learning with work-based learning.
At first you'll be based in a mortuary and start your training with a short period observing the wide range of mortuary procedures.
This is followed by working under the supervision of senior staff and pathologists. You'll also attend teaching sessions on a level 3 diploma course awarded by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).
To become a trainee you'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and a science - usually biology
- to be sensitive to the issues facing families dealing with bereavement
- an awareness and respect for different religious beliefs surrounding death