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Job Description

A Healthcare Scientist Practitioner will analyse samples taken from patient's blood, urine or other bodily fluids to help prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions.  They are often based in a hospital laboratory and will interpret the results of samples to advise clinicians and GPs on the best course of treatment for their patient.

Entry Requirements

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 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.

Required Skills

  • The ability to plan and do research
  • Strong problem-solving abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • An analytical mind
  • Able to lead and motivate others
  • A willingness to keep up to date with new medical research
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self motivation

Starting Salary

£28,050 to £33,000

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