The steps below will guide you through the application process to the programme. These steps are applicable for both direct entry and in-service applications, which are both made via Oriel the online application portal.


Give yourself plenty of time to complete the aptitude tests and submit your application form before the deadline. We cannot guarantee that all queries will be answered, during the final 48 hours before the application deadline.

Further guidance is available in the ‘Applicant Recruitment Guidance’.

Application steps

Step 1 - Register on Oriel

  • Create your Oriel user account via the ‘not a registered user’ option. You can create your account as early as you like but you will only be able to apply once the vacancy goes live.
  • Next go to the ‘proceed to applicant registration’ option and fill in some personal details. These details will automatically populate parts of your form and save you some time when it comes to submitting your application.

Technical requirements needed to access Oriel

We recommend that you use Internet Explorer to access Oriel and that you don’t have Oriel open in more than one tab within a browser. Doing so may cause data changes to be made when a save occurs in one of the tabs.

Browser product Version
Blackberry >=6
Apple Safari >=7
Google Chrome >=30
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, 10*
Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile 11
Microsoft Edge all
Mozilla Firefox 24-26*

Step 2 - Search for a vacancy

  • Login to Oriel
  • Click on the vacancies tab and under ‘specialty’ select Healthcare Science. Next, under ‘Training programme’, select Scientist Training Programme. This search criteria will bring up vacancies for both direct entry and in-service applicants. Please ensure your select the correct type of vacancy to apply to.
  • If you are applying to an in-service post your employer will send you a code, which you will need to complete your application form.
  • Direct entry applicants do not require a code for their application.

Step 3 - Check the opening and closing dates

  • The application opening and closing dates will be published when the STP opens for the 2020 intake.

Step 4 - Complete your application for your chosen specialism

  • Direct entry applicants may apply to a maximum of two specialisms. The availability of posts may change during the application period, so make sure you check the School website on a regular basis for any updates. On your application if any of the questions refer to your chosen specialism and you have chosen more than one, use the space to answer for both specialisms.
  • In-service applicants do not have to choose a specialism as you are only eligible to apply for the post that is being sponsored by your current employer. On Oriel you will need to confirm details of your employer and provide evidence that they have given permission for you to apply to the programme. You will also have to email copies of your academic qualifications to before the closing date. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the ‘fitness to practise’ questions you will need to send supporting information to before the closing date.
  • In the supporting information, you will have to complete a set of questions which demonstrate your suitability,  understanding and motivation for applying to the programme.
  • When you have submitted your application you will be sent details on how to access and complete the online aptitude tests via Oriel. If your test link does not appear straight away, the system’s data refresh may not have taken place and you will need to check back again in a couple of hours.

The Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)

This scheme is a commitment to guarantee an interview to any applicant with a disability who meets the minimum entry criteria for the STP (as defined in the Equality Act 2010). If you are a disabled applicant wishing to apply under the GIS, please make sure to tick the ‘yes’ box on the online application form which refers to the scheme. You will also need to obtain a letter from a medical professional confirming your disability and email a copy to

Step 5 - Practice the online aptitude tests

  • The online aptitude tests assess your numerical and logical reasoning abilities. Take advantage of some practice tests that are available at You can sit these practice tests as many times as you like, to give yourself the best chance of doing well in the final test.
  • Before commencing your final aptitude test exit the practice section and check that you are in the correct section before starting your final test for submission.

What if I need extra time to complete the tests?

If there are extenuating circumstances you can apply for extra time to complete the aptitude tests. You will need to send evidence to support your request to at least 3 working days before the aptitude tests deadline date. We will review your request and notify you if extra time has been granted.

Step 6 - Complete the final aptitude tests before the closing date

  • Check the relevant test deadline dates for direct entry posts and in-service posts.
  • The online tests are available via the ‘my applications’ tab in Oriel. This will appear once your application has been submitted.
  • Before you begin the tests, make sure you have a good internet connection and close any browser tabs, windows and applications that you do not need. Do not click on the back button or refresh the page during the tests as this will cause no marks to be awarded.
  • You will first complete an untimed practice session. Once you leave this session your final tests will begin. There are time limits for each question and the tests must be completed in one sitting. You cannot stop part way through or go back to the beginning.
  • Once you have completed your tests check that it shows ‘completed’ before logging out.
  • If you don’t complete the tests before the deadline date, your application will be rejected.

Next steps

If your test score is within the required threshold for the programme, your application will be put forward for shortlisting. However, if your score is below the threshold then you will be notified that your application will not be taken any further.


Shortlisting for interview is carried out by a panel of appropriately qualified professionals who will represent employers, professional bodies and higher education institutes. The panel shortlist against agreed criteria that is based on the skills, knowledge and values that are required for the training scheme. Scores will be ranked and the individuals with the highest scores will be invited to interview.

In-service applicants will go straight through to interview, as you are already employed in a post that will become your training post.

Direct entry applicants will receive one of three emails via Oriel:

  • Interview – this means your application has been ranked high enough to receive an invite to interview You must confirm your attendance to interview by logging in to your Oriel account, clicking on the interviews tab and either accepting or rejecting the invitation. No travel costs will be reimbursed when you attend an interview.
  • Shortlisted reserve – this means you are on the reserve list and could be called for interview if any of the shortlisted candidates withdraw. This could be at short notice so you must be prepared to attend when asked. You will receive an email asking you to log into Oriel and choose your preferred location/employer for the specialism(s) for which you have applied.
  • Shortlist unsuccessful – this means that you have not been shortlisted and your application will not be taken any further.