FAQs about the STP entry requirements

These FAQs contain some common questions about the entry requirements for the STP.


Does the NSHCS provide sponsorship to applicants who require a Skilled Worker Visa (currently known as tier 2 and changing from January 2021)?

Should you be successful and receive an offer, Health Education England will provide sponsorship providing you meet the minimum of 70 points under the new Points Based System. Further details on the Points Based System can be found on the Home Office website.

I am from outside of the UK; do I have the right to work in the UK?

Where possible you must establish your right to work in the UK before applying. Please refer to the national guidance from Health Education England and the UK Visas and Immigration Service to check your eligibility. If you require a Tier 2 visa to work and train in the UK please visit the Home Office website for the latest guidance.

Can I check if my degree and experience makes me eligible for the STP?

The NSHCS recruitment team are unable to confirm degree eligibility. All applicants will need to apply to have any degrees or qualifications checked for eligibility, this will happen throughout the shortlisting process. You will find the degree requirements and guidance on relevant degrees at https://nshcs.hee.nhs.uk/programmes/stp/applicants/entry-requirements/

What is a relevant degree?

Due to the extensive variation in degrees available, it is not possible to provide a definitive list of relevant degrees for entry to the STP. You can find a list of commonly accepted degrees in the entry requirements section. Before you apply ensure you review the job description and person specification for the training, and the information about your preferred healthcare science specialism on the Health Careers website.

If I already have a masters’ degree in this field, can I skip the masters component of the STP?

All trainees will be required to complete both training and academic components of the STP, unfortunately it is not an option to skip any academic elements.

If I have already obtained an MSc in a healthcare science specialism, will I be exempt from the MSc component of the STP?

If you wish to apply for the STP you should be prepared to undertake the full academic and work based components of the scheme. However if you would like your existing qualifications to be considered as credit against parts of the academic STP master’s degree, this process of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is determined on a case by case basis within universities. General information about this process is available from any university website.

If I already have significant relevant work experience can I be exempt from elements of the work based learning?

If you wish to apply for the STP you should be prepared to undertake the full work-based components of the scheme.

If I am graduating in this academic year, am I eligible to apply for the training posts?

You are required to have obtained your degree prior to the start date of the training programme. If you have an undergraduate degree classified as 2:2, and are relying on a higher degree in a relevant subject, you must already have been awarded the higher degree before the start date of the STP.

If you apply based on a predicted grade and are not successful in achieving that grade, you will no longer meet the minimum entry criteria for the programme and your offer will be withdrawn. You must notify the School of your final result via email at hcsapplicants@hee.nhs.uk no later than 14 days from receiving the university notification and before the training start date.

What level of English language competency is required?

It is essential that you have the communication skills to enable you to perform the role effectively. You must also be able to demonstrate that you can achieve the standards set for clinical scientists by the Health and Care Professions Council. Please refer to the STP entry requirements for further details.

Is the programme looking to recruit new or more experienced graduates?

The national shortlisting panels will judge which applicants closely match the person specification. The focus is on whether an applicant has the required skills, knowledge and experience and this could have been gained in a number of different ways. Successful applicants might have a variety of relevant qualifications, experience and potential, and in the past the cohort of successful applicants has included both new graduates and those with more experience.

Is there an age limit for the programme?

No, there is not an age limit for applying to the STP.