Phlebotomy training

A unique phlebotomy training programme focused on teaching the fundamentals of venepuncture, and putting this knowledge into practise

Full accreditation and the right balance of theory and hands-on practice in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course includes:

  • A one day theory course with a certificate of attendance
  • Enhanced police (DBS) check
  • Full occupational health clearance including any necessary appointments or immunisations
  • A local induction training course day session at St Thomas' Hospital
  • Up to 90 clinical practice hours bleeding live patients in a major NHS London hospital, done within the Synnovis phlebotomy department and completed within a 12-week period
  • Practical, written assessments and associated accreditation by the Open College Network
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  • BSP-SOP-011 - Phlebotomy Adult Training Course Terms and Conditions_0.pdf

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Our courses are run in our training facilities based in the heart of London, with live blood experience based in Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College NHS Foundation Trust Hospitals.

Our phlebotomy courses are consistent with the NHS Skills for Health Occupational Standards - National Occupational Standard for Obtaining Venous Blood Samples, National Patient Saftey Agency (NPSA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. 

Our adult phlebotomy training course is accredited by OCN Credit for Learning. Students undertaking this course can gain a Level 3 certificate with 10 unit credits. In order to achieve this accreditation, we have to conform to various conditions and ensure that we fully support all learners, taking into consideration the different needs of each individual.

Our phlebotomy trainers have many years of experience in practicing and training other phlebotomists. They will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to become a competent phlebotomist for routine adult patients. 


Achieving a Certificate of Competence is usually gained within 8-12 weeks. In order to achieve this we run the course in two parts. 

Part one

Part 1 is a day of theory and dry laboratory experience currently held on a Friday, where our experienced trainers will cover all the essential knowledge in phlebotomy that you will require. You will have an opportunity to practise blood taking from training arms.

Part two

Part 2 of the course provides students with a local induction held on a Saturday morning, followed by being booked onto our live patient bleed experience, where you will be supervised (using direct and indirect methods) by our trainers in one our NHS facilities, performing venepuncture on real patients.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake a maximum of 90 hours clinical practice, which is more than any other comparable phlebotomy course currently offers.

On successful completion of both parts 1 and 2, you will undertake a written and practical test. On passing these tests you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance / Competence. Our courses are open to both novices and experienced healthcare professionals. 

As well as mixing a comprehensive theory programme with an unrivalled number of clinical practice hours, our courses are relaxed and good fun. We have expert trainers and a bright, airy and modern facility in central London with good transport links.

But don't just take our word for it, our courses receives praise from the trainee phlebotomists that go on them. We ask students to complete an evaluation form following their training, and this is what they say:

Clear material, well laid out, good flow, atmosphere for relaxed and encouraged questions
Sarah Munday, March 2021
Training team was absolutely amazing, professional and approachable.
Manuela Atzeni, April 2021
I like the environment of study, trainers who explain to us very clearly and properly. They are very helpful.
Anonymous, April 2021
Practical side of this course is most beneficial for me. I've enjoyed every bit of this course.
Sona Kohutova, June 2021
The staff were very welcoming and took time to make sure every student understood the explanation. Very good explanations, excellent practise.
Reine Tchouana, November 2020

I would like to say thank you on behalf of the whole undergraduate team.

Based on verbal feedback from students, the training again has been of very high standards and they found it very useful.

Thank you for all you support (in or out of the training area).

Julia, Undergraduate Education Manager, October 2017
What an incredible learning journey I am experiencing. I have loved all the the placements, I've met some lovely people and had continuous support from your amazing staff! Thank you! 
Valerie Drain, October 2017

I never had the opportunity to thank you for all the support and help that I received from you and St Thomas' Hospital. Having the opportunity to undergo the training, despite the obstacles that I initially had when trying to begin my practical training, is something that I will always be grateful for. During my training everyone was so kind, helpful and wanted the best for me, I felt that genuinely and I’m honestly so grateful for them all (especially Paul and Dorothy who really influenced a lot of my progress as a phlebotomist).

Sharon, November 2017
Course was well presented. Good explanation. Easy to understand.
Konan Kouakou, November 2020
It has been an amazing experience - time passed so quickly, loved every minute of it!! Thank you, thank you all!  
Ana, January 2018
Please would you pass on my thanks to everyone at St Thomas' for their guidance and teaching throughout the course. Also for the support I received when I faltered a little part way through the course. Special thank you to Seymour, Dan (patience of a saint), Raaesa, Gus (at King's) and last but not least the lovely Jane who was a calm and kind teacher when I was just starting out.
Rachel, February 2018
I found you an excellent tutor and passionate about your field.
Anne. June 2018

On finding out that they had passed their final assessment: I am delighted to know. It's made my year!! Many thanks to everyone on the team who were so patient and helpful.

Tunde Atandare , February 2019

Seymour, Paul and other staff who supported and encouraged me to gain my certificate. Thank you very much to you all. I'm very grateful.

Sabitri Pal, February 2019
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Course availability and online booking

Course dateLocationCostPlaces remaining
5th January 2024London£1000.00 + VATFully booked
23rd February 2024London£1000.00 + VATFully booked
1st March 2024London£1000.00 + VATFully booked
19th April 2024London£1000.00 + VATFully booked
10th May 2024London£1000.00 + VATFully booked
14th June 2024London£1000.00 + VATFully booked
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Last updated: 03/10/2022