Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The course is very science-based and demands the following prerequisites before potential students can be enrolled; 


Academic Requirements


- Level 3 (‘A’ Levels or recognised equivalent) in Biology or Human Biology and Chemistry, or ION Science Access Course. Applicants with AS levels in Chemistry and Biology are considered but may be required to sit an Entry Examination to demonstrate the required level of knowledge or complete our Science Access Course or components thereof.


- Level 2 (GCSE or recognised equivalent) in Mathematics and English


For those who have not completed these prerequisites, our Science Access courses fulfill this requirement. Once the necessary Science Access courses are completed, students are eligible to be enrolled in the Diploma programme. 


English Language Requirements


Non-native speakers of English need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language (equivalent to IELTS grade 6.0 in all elements) to enroll on the course.
If you do not hold a relevant international English language qualification, we may arrange for you to take an oral and written assessment at ION. 


Non-Academic Requirements


All applicants need to demonstrate appropriate motivation and commitment to studying, as well as a level of interpersonal skills.


In order to be able to successfully complete the course, applicants need to have access to Broadband Internet, an email account, be ICT literate, and able to word process.
We cannot accept candidates with medical conditions that would prevent them from being capable of, or fit for clinical practice. 


For details of our admissions policy and full procedural statement please click here.

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