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Clinical scientist

Alternative titles for this job include Healthcare scientist

Clinical scientists research and develop techniques and equipment to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness.

Average salary (a year)

£33,706 Starter

to

£65,262 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become a clinical scientist

You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.

University

You'll need a first or upper second class honours (2:1) degree in a subject related to the specialist area you want to work in. For example:

  • life sciences like biology, genetics or biochemistry
  • biomedical science
  • medical physics

Practitioner Training Programme

Alternatively, you could apply for the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) to get a degree in healthcare science.

Scientific Training Programme

Once you have your degree, you could apply for the NHS Scientific Training Programme (STP). This programme will train you to become a qualified clinical scientist with a master’s degree.

There are 2 different ways to apply for the Scientific Training Programme depending on your current circumstances.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

You might be able to start by doing a higher or degree apprenticeship.

You could do a:

  • healthcare science associate higher apprenticeship
  • healthcare practitioner degree apprenticeship
  • clinical science degree apprenticeship

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

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Further information

You can find out more about how to become a clinical scientist from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • science skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

There are 4 main areas of clinical science. You could work in clinical bioinformatics, life sciences, physical sciences and biomedical engineering or physiological sciences

Depending on your area you could:

  • research, develop and test methods of diagnosing and treatment
  • collect and analyse complex data to help develop treatments
  • assess different parts of the body to diagnose abnormalities
  • advise medical staff of how to use products and equipment
  • investigate the causes of illness or death
  • study cells or diagnose and analyse blood disorders

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, in a laboratory or at a university.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Retrieval Assistant Apprentice

  • Wage: £18,397.00 Annually
  • Location: National Blood Service, 6 Lingard Ave, London

Courses In England

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

  • Provider: LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2023
  • Location: Loughborough

Level 3 BTEC National in Applied Science - Biomedical

  • Provider: SOUTH THAMES COLLEGES GROUP
  • Start date: 12 September 2023
  • Location: Kingston on Thames

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