Our First Phlebotomy Diploma Course Qualification

On the 17th April, we at Phlebotomy Training Services we’re overjoyed to present Jarlath Burke a Diploma in Phlebotomy, the the first for our newly established Diploma course.

Jarlath Burke working in close collaboration with all of the team at PTS has gone above and beyond with his training to now be able to excel within in his chosen field in the exciting world of healthcare.

Congratulations  Jay



So what is the Diploma in Phlebotomy and how can it too change your life and help you move or grow in health care?


Let’s start at the beginning.


What exactly is phlebotomy?


Phlebotomists are healthcare professionals trained in the art of drawing blood samples. They play a crucial role in various healthcare settings, ensuring accurate sample collection for diagnoses, treatments, and monitoring purposes.

Phlebotomists rarely get the praise and limelight that they deserve.

Phlebotomists are so much more. They are the crucial link between the patient and the laboratory, the ones on the front line that take the blood to test for illnesses, and to monitor existing conditions

They work across all of healthcare from Doctor’s surgeries, A&E departments, medical and surgical wards, dentists, IVF treatment centres, private clinics, beauty salons and many other places.

Without Phlebotomists the healthcare would struggle with one of the most important frontline roles.


Why is a Diploma in Phlebotomy Important?


Phlebotomy training is slightly peculiar as there is no prescribed route for training


You can become “qualified after a 2 hour online course, a 1 or 2 day course or a 2 year diploma.


We recommend the 2 day course to everyone who wants to start a career in Phlebotomy, it’s the best way to begin getting the qualifications you need to get started in a career. and while some phlebotomy positions may offer further on-the-job training, earning a Diploma in Phlebotomy equips you with a broader range of knowledge and skills, making you a more competitive candidate in the job market. Although there’s a shortage of phlebotomists in the healthcare sector, competition for those top jobs is fierce and having a Diploma such as the one we offer is undoubtedly the best way to get it.


Here’s how a diploma empowers you:


Strong Foundation: Our Diploma in Phlebotomy provides a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and blood collection techniques. You’ll delve into topics like venepuncture, safe blood handling, infection control, and communication skills – all essential for success in this field.


Enhanced Skills: The programme hones your practical phlebotomy skills through supervised practice sessions. You’ll learn to handle various equipment, perform venepuncture procedures confidently, and ensure patient comfort throughout the process.


Career Flexibility: A Diploma opens doors to top jobs in diverse healthcare settings like hospitals, clinics, research labs dental practices and a host of other places.


Professional Recognition: Earning a recognised Diploma demonstrates your commitment to the profession and enhances your credibility with potential employers. It signifies your proficiency in phlebotomy practices and adherence to industry standards.


What is inside the Diploma in Phlebotomy? 

The NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Phlebotomy equips you with the knowledge and practical skills to become a proficient phlebotomist. It’s a comprehensive program designed to prepare you for success in various healthcare settings.



Here’s the qualification structure.


  • The NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Phlebotomy is a 37 credit qualification with a TQT of 370 hours including 279 GLH. Learners must achieve 31 credits from the ten mandatory components and six credits from the optional units.



Here’s a breakdown of the key elements you’ll encounter:

Mandatory Units:

These core units form the foundation of your phlebotomy expertise. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge in areas like:

  • Applying Phlebotomy Skills and Techniques
  • Caring for Patients During the Phlebotomy Procedure
  • Obtain and Test Capillary Blood Samples
  • Obtaining Blood from Hands and Feet
  • Reflective Practice
  • Science and Anatomy
  • The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Understanding Laboratory Techniques and Blood Analysis
  • Understanding Phlebotomy Skills and Techniques
  • Understanding Record Keeping for the Care Worker


Optional Units:

The diploma program also offers a variety of optional units that allow you to tailor your learning to your specific interests and career goals. Each unit is given points as per the mandatory units, you must achieve at least 6 points of the optional units.

These might include:

  • Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management
  • Causes and Spread of Infection
  • Paediatric Phlebotomy
  • Phlebotomy Skills: Cannulation
  • Select and wear Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for Work in Healthcare Settings
  • Support Individuals Who are Distressed


How long does it take to complete.

Total Qualification Time (TQT):

The program is designed to be completed within a specific timeframe, balancing theoretical knowledge and practical skill development. The TQT for the diploma is typically around 370 hours, which includes both guided learning hours under the supervision of instructors and independent study time. Through consultation with users, the TQT has been agreed upon by considering the total number of learning hours required for the average learner to achieve this qualification.


TQT is split into two areas:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH):


  • Learning activity under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, tutor, or other appropriate provider of education or training.
  • Includes the activity of being assessed if the assessment takes place under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, tutor, or other appropriate provider of education or training.


Examples of GLH activities include:

  • Classroom-based learning supervised by a teacher.
  • Work-based learning supervised by a teacher.
  • Live webinar or telephone tutorial with a teacher in real-time.
  • E-learning supervised by a teacher in real-time.
  • All forms of assessment which take place under the immediate guidance or supervision of an appropriate provider of training.
  • Exam time.


Other Learning Hours (OLH):

An estimate of the number of hours a learner will spend, as directed by (but not under the immediate guidance or supervision of) a lecturer, supervisor, tutor, or other appropriate provider of education or training, including:

  • Preparatory work
  • Self-study
  • Or any other form of education or training, including assessment.


Examples of OLH activities include:

  • Independent and unsupervised research/learning
  • Unsupervised compilation of a portfolio of work experience
  • Unsupervised e-learning
  • Unsupervised e-assessment
  • Unsupervised coursework
  • Watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar


Assessment and Evidence:

Your learning will be assessed through a variety of methods to ensure you’ve mastered the required knowledge and skills. This may involve written exams, practical demonstrations, case studies, and maintaining a professional portfolio showcasing your experience.


By successfully completing the NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Phlebotomy, you’ll be well-equipped to launch a fulfilling career in this dynamic healthcare field. The program equips you not only with the technical skills but also with the empathy and professionalism needed to excel as a phlebotomist.



Now that you’ve peeked inside the Diploma in Phlebotomy, are you ready to unlock a world of opportunity?

This isn’t just about needles and tubes (though mastering those is vital in the diploma). It’s about becoming a silent hero in the healthcare world. You’ll be the one providing the key ingredient for diagnoses, treatments, and life-saving breakthroughs. You’re the launchpad for medical miracles!

Imagine the satisfaction of knowing your skills play a vital role in improving patient lives. Each blood draw you perform is a stepping stone towards better health outcomes.

Are you currently in a healthcare role looking to expand your horizons and increase your earning potential? A Phlebotomy Diploma can be your golden ticket! The demand for skilled phlebotomists is on the rise, and with this additional qualification, you can command a higher salary and explore diverse career settings.


Don’t let this chance slip through your fingers! Contact us today to learn more about the NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Phlebotomy and take the first step towards an amazing career transformation. We’ll show you how to turn your passion for healthcare into a phlebotomy success story!



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