Biomedical scientists carry out a range of scientific tests to help diagnose and treat diseases.

What does a biomedical scientist do?

Biomedical scientists test samples, biopsies, and fluids taken from patients to assist doctors and medical staff in the diagnosis of illnesses and diseases. 

What do I need to do to become a biomedical scientist?

To work as a biomedical scientist, you will need a BSc (Hons) degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will also need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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. Certain level 3 qualifications may be acceptable such as the diploma in applied science. Check with individual course providers. 


Related skills

  • Analytics
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Numeracy
  • Patience
  • Technical ability

Academic route

  • A levels, preferably including biology and chemistry

Vocational route

  • Level 3 qualifications, e.g. diploma in applied science

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Essential qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) degree accredited by the IBMS
  • Registration with the HCPC

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You’ll be working in a laboratory, using a variety of technical equipment, so good analytical skills are important.  

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