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Allied Health, Medical Associates and Nursing

Overview

There are accelerated postgraduate courses for most areas in this sector. Check the qualification routes and funding situations.

Allied Health Professions

Dietetics

  • You will need a postgraduate qualification (up to 2 years, full-time only)
  • You will need to have studied a life science degree with an acceptable level of human physiology and biochemistry
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • From August 2020, dietetics students will be able to access between £5000 and £8000 for each year of study to help support their course. This will not have to be repaid. Find out more
  • Practical placements will be part of the course

Occupational Therapy

  • You will need a postgraduate qualification (generally 2 years, full-time)
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • From August 2020, occupational therapy students will be able to access between £5000 and £8000 for each year of study to help support their course. This will not have to be repaid. Find out more
  • A minimum of 1,000 hours, typically a third of the course, is spent on practice placements

Speech and Language Therapy

  • You will need a postgraduate qualification (2 years, full-time only)
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • From August 2020, speech and language therapy students will be able to access between £5000 and £8000 for each year of study to help support their course. This will not have to be repaid. Find out more
  • Practical elements of the course are very important. They may take place in schools, NHS hospitals or community health clinics

Radiography (Diagnostic and Therapeutic)

  • If you have a relevant first degree, you can apply for an accelerated programme in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography. These courses are usually between 21 months and 2 years long
  • Each institution sets its own entry requirements. It is a good idea to spend some time with a registered diagnostic/therapeutic radiographer to understand what the work is like
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • From August 2020, radiography students will be able to access between £5000 and £8000 for each year of study to help support their course. This will not have to be repaid. Find out more
  • Clinical placements will take place in blocks throughout the course

Medical Associates

Physician Associate

  • Includes a two-year postgraduate course, with students studying 46-48 weeks each year
  • Focuses on general adult medicine and general practice, rather than specialty care
  • Financial arrangements differ between universities. Some support may come from the local Heath Education England office, a bursary may be available for some costs, or you may need a student loan. MSc courses could be eligible for a postgraduate masters loan
  • BSMS MSc Physician Associate Studies offers a Heath Education England training grant of £5,000, plus Sussex alumni may be able to apply for scholarships in Year 1

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Physicians' assistant - anaesthesia

  • You need to secure a position as a trainee within the NHS
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  • You will then take the Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) postgraduate diploma from University of Birmingham
  • Fees will be paid by the NHS trust you are working for

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Nursing

  • Two-year postgraduate courses are available for graduates
  • The four fields of nursing are adult nursing, children's nursing, learning disability nursing and mental health nursing
  • Some degree courses allow you to study in two of the fields. These are known as dual field courses
  • Apply through UCAS for full-time courses, or direct to universities for part-time courses
  • From August 2020, nursing and midwifery students will be able to access between £5000 and £8000 for each year of study to help support their course. This will not have to be repaid.

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