What qualifications do you need to be a Medical Laboratory Assistant

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Becky2305
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As the title says. It says GCSE and up to NVQ Level 3 Equivalent (A-Levels?) I already have a degree, but it isn't a science related one, nor do i have any science A-Levels... but I want to change career path and go into this type of field.

I fulfil all the other requirements, but I don't know if a background in science is necessary?
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There might be some funding issues for an apprenticeship if you already have a degree.

As for qualifications, relevant experience or studies may help, but you only need to demonstrate strong interest for the subject and transferable interpersonal skills at entry level.

My suggestion would be to reach out to Cogent Skills if there’s no relevant thread on TSR. They’re the apprenticeship provider for a lot of lab based apprenticeship employers.
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(Original post by Becky2305)
As the title says. It says GCSE and up to NVQ Level 3 Equivalent (A-Levels?) I already have a degree, but it isn't a science related one, nor do i have any science A-Levels... but I want to change career path and go into this type of field.

I fulfil all the other requirements, but I don't know if a background in science is necessary?
According to this website, there aren't any formal entry requirements for medical lab assistants but some hospitals may require certain qualifications. The site also recommends having at least four GCSE's/S grades (A-C/1-3) in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualifications such as a BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science.

For example, this job posting by Covance (a pharmaceutical company) says that no formal education or experience is required as it is an entry-level role for those interested in starting a career in science, particularly those looking to move into the science industry after A-levels or those actively trying to change the industry they're working in (such as yourself).

Some job postings, however, may require you have some understanding of Biomedical Science knowledge such as this one by NHS Education for Scotland.
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