Taught course

Blood Component Transfusion

Swansea University · College of Human and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from health care practitioners who: hold a relevant professional qualification; work in an area where a clinical need is identified; have at least 3 years post registration experience in their specialist clinical area with frequent exposure to blood component transfusion; may possibly be working as an advanced practitioner as part of a non-medical rota and have identified a gap in practice or the service; are able to attend 12 study days. Before nominating practitioners to undertake the programme, Health Boards must ensure that there is a defined service need. There must be a designated medical mentor who is responsible for supporting the student throughout the work based learning and assessment. Applicants must also have the support of their line manager.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Blood Component Transfusion enables experienced non-medical Healthcare Practitioners (HCPs) to make the clinical decision and provide the written instruction for blood component transfusion to patients within their own clinical specialty, and within their own areas of competence and expertise.

This innovative course prepares appropriate non-medical practitioners to adopt an extended role in making the decision to transfuse and in providing the written instruction for transfusion of blood components thereby;

  • Streamlining the patient pathway
  • Providing a holistic approach
  • Safeguarding the patient, the Healthcare professional and the employer

The course is accredited by Swansea University and delivered in conjunction with the Welsh Blood Service Better Blood Transfusion Team.

Modules typically include:

  • Principles of safe practice in clinical transfusion management
  • Advancing your practice
  • Developing autonomous practice

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

College of Human and Health Science
+44 (0)1792 518531