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NHS practitioner training programme (PTP)


The undergraduate Practitioner Training Programme leads to an approved and accredited BSc honours degree in healthcare science, which leads to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The degrees fall under one of the five themes of healthcare science:

  1. Cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences: cardiac physiology, respiratory and sleep physiology
  2. Clinical engineering: medical engineering, radiation engineering, renal technology, rehabilitation engineering
  3. Medical physics: radiotherapy physics, radiation physics, nuclear medicine
  4. Neurosensory sciences: audiology, neurophysiology, ophthalmic and vision science
  5. Pathology sciences: blood sciences, infection sciences , tissue and cellular diagnostics, genetics

Learning is delivered through an integrated approach, combining academic learning and workplace-based training. This includes 50 weeks of workplace-based training in the NHS over three years, with a broad scientific training in the first two years, followed by specialisation in year 2 or 3.

Entry requirements

Each university sets its own admissions criteria. For further information, please contact the university directly or visit their website. If you would like specific advice regarding your qualifications and/or experience contact the university’s admissions department/the lead tutor.

All applicants will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal records check and health questionnaire as a condition of acceptance.

Mature applicants age 21 and over are considered independently and on merit. Please contact the institution directly for more information.

How to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) administers the application process for the three-year degree programmes.

Student support

Each year the Welsh Government funds a number of healthcare students to undertake this course. The following support is available for those healthcare students who have secured an NHS Wales funded place and committed to working in Wales for two after completing their degree:

  • Funds full costs of tuition fees
  • Provides financial support to eligible students, which includes bursaries, childcare costs, disabled students' allowance etc.

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