The Specialist Certificate in Transfusion Science Practice is designed for UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Biomedical Scientists (BMS)* working in transfusion science either in a blood establishment (blood centre) or a hospital transfusion laboratory.


This qualification will provide you with evidence of specialist knowledge** in transfusion science, following HCPC registration at practitioner level, required to demonstrate your specialist and independent practice capabilities. 

It is accredited by The University of Manchester (45 level 7 credits) and endorsed by the International Society of Blood Transfusion.

**The BBTS Specialist Certificate is not a certificate of competence to practice; the assessment of competence remains the responsibility of your employer.

This programme of study will build and consolidate your core knowledge and understanding of transfusion science, while developing your analytical and practical skills required for data interpretation, critical thinking and provision of solutions to differing laboratory situations, commensurate with the level of Specialist Practitioner in Transfusion Science (NHS career framework grade 6 and above).

Minimum eligibility criteria for all applicants

You must:

And preferably have:

Additional information for International Applicants:
This qualification is based on UK practice and guidelines only
Proof of your English language proficiency is required (see later) 
In line with current UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements
Exemptions may apply

English Language Proficiency for International Applicants

Where English is an additional language you must provide either of the following test certificate(s):

TOEFL test scores undertaken in the United Kingdom are not accepted.

Most English language test results are only valid for two years and must be valid on the start date of the course.

Exemption from language proficiency test

You can declare that English is your first language, meaning you don't have to provide certification. This must only be done if it is the main or only language that you use on a day-to-day basis. Having studied English or undertaken higher education that was taught in English is not sufficient to claim that English is your first language.

If you are a citizen of a relevant European State* you do not need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. To be exempt from providing proof of English Language competence you must provide evidence that you are a citizen of a relevant European State. This will usually be a certified copy of your passport or a certified copy of your national identity card.

* The relevant European States are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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