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Our easy-going and relaxed two day course is classroom-based and covers a wide range of topics to start you on the path to a career as a Phlebotomist (starting as trainee, usually NHS payband 2). A competency certificate may subsequently be issued by your employer after you have demonstrated your skills on a given number of patients, and may take from 2 to 6 weeks.

A nationally recognised and accredited certificate (awarded by the OCN Credit4Learning) can provide you with a significant step up the “career ladder” – many employers, colleges and universities throughout the UK recognise OCN credits which may count towards other courses.

The course is divided into 14 Modules over two days, starting at 9.30am and finishing at approx. 5pm on both days with tea breaks morning and afternoon and a lunch-break of approx. 45 - 60 minutes.

This course is ideal for you if:

You are seeking a career change and looking for work within the healthcare sector (NHS, Private Clinics, Care Homes or Community).

You are currently unemployed or between jobs.

You are already working within the healthcare sector and wish to increase your skills or a career change.

You need CPD (continual professional development) or requested by your employer as part of your CPD or Induction Programme.

You are taking or planning to take other healthcare courses (ie. a nursing diploma) and would like to add credits to your course.

You are just curious and keen to learn something new!

Topics covered include:

Module 1: Introductions and Course Overview

Module 2: History, Definitions and Roles

Module 3: Work-flow Cycles

Module 4: Professionalism

Module 5: Health and Safety

Module 6: Blood Collection Systems

Module 7: Anatomy and Physiology

Module 8: Blood Composition

Module 9: Using the Equipment

Module 10: Performing the Venepuncture

Module 11: Lab Tests & Bottle Types

Module 12: Analytical Errors

Module 13: Answers to quizzes and multiple choice questions

Module 14: Job Opportunities and Further Information

Including short video presentations, practical sessions and a home study pack.

You can apply for trainee phlebotomist posts working in GP Surgeries, Hospitals (NHS and Private), Clinics, Research labs and charity organisations. The forces (MOD - RAF, Army and Navy) also employ civilian phlebotomists. There is currently a strong demand abroad.

The demand for phlebotomists is forecast to grow by around 22% over the next 5 years as new areas of blood analysis start to increase in demand. These include Forensics (DNA analysis) and Stem Cell Retrieval.

Parental Consent Form, Instalment Payment Options, Funding Information and Guide

and Terms & Conditions can be found on our GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION page.

"The course depth and content was good. Really enjoyed this course"
Christine T - Northampton

"I found the course very useful, helpful, and good fun, and boosted my confidence I really needed"
Debra H - Gloucester

"I didn’t know what to expect ... so booked my place on the course and it was the best thing I ever did. For 2 days training, the teachers put you at ease and are so helpful. The training was brilliant so informative"
Elizabeth M - Glasgow


"… an opening became available almost immediately. I attended the course … and haven’t looked back since. The course was very interesting, very informative and good fun"
Linda D - Norwich

"Please pass my personal thanks to your staff for being such great tutors. I believe it’s the best thing I’ve done this year"
James L - York

"I took your course in Liverpool in July and would just like to let you know that I loved every second of it. I start my new job next Monday at my local NHS Hospital"
Samantha F - Liverpool