How to become a biomedical scientist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a biomedical science degree. It needs to be accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBS) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Laboratory work experience
To work as a biomedical scientist, you must register with the HCPC. To register you'll need to have completed work experience in an accredited laboratory.
Some degree courses include work placements. If your chosen course does not include accredited work experience, you'll need to find a laboratory placement. You could do this during a sandwich year or after you have finished your degree.
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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
You could get into this role by doing a healthcare science practitioner degree apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship typically takes 36 months to complete.
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
You may be able to get into biomedical science as an NHS trainee.
You'll need at least 2 A levels in science subjects or an equivalent qualification, like a Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science.
Places are sponsored by NHS employers and you'll study for an accredited degree while you work.
Another way to get into this career is to complete the NHS Practitioner Training Programme.
On this programme you'll gain an IBS accredited degree in healthcare science, known as life science.
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
When you apply for NHS jobs and apprenticeships, you'll be expected to have an understanding of how NHS values apply in your work.
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