At School or College
Now is a good opportunity to take a look at the different careers in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. There are lots of different career paths which you can take so it is important to focus on getting good grades in science-based subjects.
- Visit the Medical Physics/ Engineering department during an open day at your local hospital
- Consider work experience or volunteering in a hospital or a patient facing role
- Look at the NHS Careers website for further careers inspiration
- Watch our careers videos on YouTube.
Apprenticeships offer structured training with an employer and lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Find out more information about NHS Apprenticeships here.
Many Clinical Technologist training posts are hospital based so you need to find a job first. (If you search in NHS Jobs, or NHS Scotland, for "Clinical Technologist" you may find some available on a trainee basis). Many now require a science degree for this, but some positions may take you on with a relevant Level 4 qualification and support you to reach Level 6.
One of the ways you can start your career in Medical Physics or Clinical Engineering is by gaining a good BSc in Physics or Engineering. Start looking at the UCAS website to identify physics or engineering courses which you might find interesting (and check their entry requirements.)
IPEM is licensed by the Engineering Council to accredit degrees. This means that we have assessed the courses which meet the standards required that will support you with achieving professional registration with the Engineering Council in future.
You could also look at HNC (Higher National Certificate) or HND (Higher National Diploma) courses in Engineering and use these to gain entry to a work-based training scheme in a hospital or in industry.