RSPH Level 3 Diploma Course

 in Anatomical Pathology Technology

Eligibility criteria

Please read the following carefully:


  • The candidate must be currently employed and work as a trainee anatomical pathology technologist in a public or NHS mortuary, - evidence of employment must be submitted with the application. Applicants from this group meeting the criteria will be given first opportunity of being awarded a place on the course. If the candidate is currently undertaking work experience within a public or NHS mortuary, applications will be taken on the understanding that the candidate has a full time honorary contract with their respective department and this can be submitted with the application for consideration – please note, applications from this group will only be considered if the centre has space available to accommodate following applications of those employed directly in the role - we are unable to guarantee a space will be allocated.

  • The candidate will need to identify a work based learning mentor. This could be a senior APT or Mortuary Manager holding a minimum of the RSPH Certificate and Diploma in APT, or a supervising pathologist – note, the candidate may have more than one mentor; i.e. a supervising pathologist and a senior APT.

  • The chosen mentor/s should be open to the learning on this programme and be in a position to regularly coach / mentor and train the candidate through the practical elements of the trainee period and provide evidence in the form of witness statements for the portfolio.

  • The candidate must be willing to participate in feedback sessions regarding the programme to allow NT&HFT to maintain or improve quality of the teaching sessions.

  • The candidate, the mentor and the organisation must commit to fully completing the course.


  • The candidate, the mentor and the organisation must be in a position to provide access to the mortuary department by external assessors to allow them to undertake assessment of practical mortuary skills.


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