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Training and development
Once you are registered and working as a biomedical scientist, you can specialise in an area by taking advanced IBMS accredited courses and qualifications. Taking these would increase your career prospects and could lead to different levels of IBMS membership.
- Specialist, Higher Specialist, and Advanced Specialist Diplomas
- MSc degree courses
- professional doctorates.
To become a registered biomedical scientist, you will need:
- an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited BSc (Hons) degree
- at least one year’s experience at an approved laboratory. During this time you will work towards the completion of the Registration Training Portfolio for the Certificate of Competency awarded by IBMS
- registration as a biomedical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Once you have completed an IBMS accredited degree, you may be able to apply for a trainee biomedical scientist post in the NHS. This would allow you to gain laboratory experience and complete the rest of the training needed to register with the HCPC. For more information about the NHS scientist training program see the NHS Careers website.
Some universities run integrated degree courses such as a BSc in Applied Biomedical Science or a BSc in Healthcare Science (Blood Sciences, Infection Sciences, Cellular Sciences). These courses include clinical laboratory placements and the IBMS Certificate of Competence. At the end of one of these courses, you can apply directly for registration with the HCPC. Check the HCPC website for a list of approved course providers.
Health and Care Professions Council
To do a biomedical science degree, you will usually need five GCSEs (A-C) including maths and English, plus three A levels, preferably including biology and chemistry. Check with course providers for exact entry requirements as these may vary and other qualifications may be accepted.
For more information on each stage of pre-registration training, see the IBMS website.
Institute of Biomedical Science
You may be able to get into biomedical science as a trainee. You would usually need at least two A levels in science or a related subject. Places are sponsored by employers such as the NHS and are advertised as trainee biomedical scientist positions. You would work and study towards an accredited degree.
These opportunities are usually only offered in an area where a need for trained biomedical scientists is identified by the NHS trust/Clinical Commissioning Group. Check the NHS Jobs website for vacancies.