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Biomedical scientist

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Biomedical scientists screen patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat disease.

Average salary (a year)

£24,907 Starter

to

£44,503 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

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How to become a biomedical scientist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, or train through the NHS Practitioner Training Programme and complete a degree in healthcare science.

Your course will include work placements so you can get industry experience and evidence to complete a training portfolio. You'll need this to register to work.

You can also be sponsored to do a biomedical science degree through the armed forces. You can find more information on student biomedical roles from:

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this role via a Healthcare science practitioner degree apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship is typically completed in 36 months.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

Work

You may be able to get into biomedical science as a trainee.

You'll need at least 2 A level sciences or equivalent, like a Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science. Places are sponsored by employers, like the NHS, and are advertised as trainee biomedical scientist jobs. You'll study for an accredited degree while you work.

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Registration

Further information

You can find more advice about becoming a biomedical scientist from the Institute of Biomedical Science and Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • analytical thinking skills
  • concentration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Depending on your chosen area, you may:

  • test for diseases like Legionnaires' disease and food poisoning
  • screen and test for infectious diseases like rubella or hepatitis
  • analyse blood for disease and monitor organ function
  • support the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
  • screen for blood abnormalities and diseases, like anaemia and leukaemia
  • process and analyse tissue samples from operations and autopsies
  • use specialist procedures like cell culture to detect cancer
  • routinely test fluid and tissue samples like cervical smear tests
  • update paperwork or computerised systems with data and test results

Working environment

You could work at a university, at a research facility or in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into research, training and education, product development and commerce.

In the NHS, you could work as a team leader, specialist, manager or professional manager with further training and qualifications.

There are opportunities to work as a biomedical scientist in the armed forces. You can find out more from:

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Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

BTEC Extended Diploma in Biomedical Science

  • Provider: SELBY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: SELBY

Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science (Biomedical / Physical Science Pathways Available)

  • Provider: WIGAN AND LEIGH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Leigh

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