Derby / 23-24 Apr

(51 customer reviews)


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  • 2-day course delivered in Derby;
  • Level 3 Award;
  • Accredited by a nationally recognised awarding body;
  • Certificates granted sooner than any other provider;
  • Delivered by experienced trainers and phlebotomists;
  • Leads onto Live Bloods and Advanced courses
  • Please note: VAT is applicable on this item when added to your basket

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Level 3 Award: Introduction to Phlebotomy Practices & Techniques

This 2-day course is delivered in Derby, and teaches you all you need to be able to perform the venepuncture procedure and set you on the right course to becoming a professional phlebotomist.
It is one of the only courses in the country accredited by a nationally recognised awarding body, the NCFE, which ensures the quality of the teaching and assessment, making it a valuable asset on your CV.

Who Is It For?

This 2 day course is designed for complete beginners with no healthcare/medical experience required but it is also suitable for experienced clinicians, who have never received formal training, looking to reaffirm their knowledge and skills.

What Will I Learn?

The course teaches three units over 30 hours, including 15 hours (2-days) of classroom training, and roughly 15 hours of home study:

Unit 1: Understanding the Role of the Phlebotomist;
Unit 2: Understanding Phlebotomy Practices and Techniques;
Unit 3: Applying Basic Phlebotomy Practices and Techniques

These units, and the contents of the course have been developed in line with the CH132 National Occupational Standard for Obtaining Venous Blood Samples, (written by ‘Skills for Health’ for the NHS).

Day 1:

Day 1 is about the theory of phlebotomy. You will cover:

  • The roles and legal responsibilities of the phlebotomist;
  • Health and safety in the phlebotomy working environment;
  • The importance of gaining informed consent;
  • How to control the spread of infection;
  • How to use and apply a tourniquet;
  • How to deal with a Needle Stick Injury (NSI);
  • The possible complications of venepuncture, and how to deal with them;
  • The anatomy associated with venepuncture;
  • Selecting an appropriate site for venepuncture.

Our trainers are skilled at making the day a fun experience, with many practical exercises and group discussions. You will get to know your fellow students, and work as a team.

Home Study Assignment:

You will be given a number of short written assignments to take home and complete during the evening of day 1. In the morning there will be time to go through your answers with the assessors, and clarify any points.

These assignments ensure that what you have learnt has sunk in, and encourage you to use the course handbook, and external references to top-up your learning through independent investigation.

Day 2:

Day 2 is devoted to practical work, you will cover:

  • Assembling the needle and the correct techniques to hold the needle;
  • The entire venepuncture procedure (including patient care before and after the procedure);
  • How to use a variety of systems (Evacuated, Aspiration and Butterfly).

You will work through the procedure as a group before breaking off to role-play with a partner. You will use state of the art equipment, including wearable pads and artifical arms, with accurate veins and ‘blood’. You will not be drawing blood from your partners. The day will end with a final practical assessment, taking you through a real world role-play scenario.


We order certificates once per month from our accredited provider (NCFE) and as soon as these are received we send these straight out to our learners. We can also issue attendance certificates if required for employers or interviews.

The certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of the course. Within 2 years most people will have accumulated enough experience to surpass this qualification, however, if you feel you need to refresh your skills, for your own personal development, or because you are out of practice, we do offer a shorter refresher course.

What are the course entry requirements?

You do not need any prior qualifications or experience to take part in this course.

The award is a level 3 qualification, so it is deemed to be of a similar difficulty to A Levels. It is preferable if you have at least a Level 2 (GCSE) qualification before starting this course, but not necessary.

You will be asked to complete several written assignments as part of the course assessment. If you feel you may need extra help to complete these assignments, because of a learning or physical disability, you can let us know in the course application form which is emailed to you when you book the course. 


The course venue details will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the course date with the exact location. Usually our Derby courses are located in the city centre.

How Do I Book Onto The Course?

You can book the course by simply adding the course to your basket. You will be taken to the check out where you can fill in a few details, and pay using your credit / debit card or paypal account.

Alternatively you can call our office and we can get this booked over the phone 01332 380777.

Additional information


April 2022




Introductory course

51 reviews for Derby / 23-24 Apr

  1. Sandra

    The course was great. I’ve taken four lots of blood today (the day after), first time, with no problems.

  2. Helen Beresford

    enjoyed course – even the home based assessment!

  3. Penny Higgins

    Its all been brilliant! Myself completely knowing nothing or not ever have been on a clinical course, I feel like I have gained much knowledge and understanding. Thank you!

  4. Adam Wilkins

    Overall course was excellent, I really enjoyed all aspects of the course.

  5. Kya Mackay

    I thought the course was presented incredibly well and the two tutors were friendly and very helpful. They would always re-explain everything I asked, thank you.

  6. Kimberley Smedley

    Very informative course and the trainer was very approachable.

  7. Joanne Kenmuir

    Course tutors delivered the course very well. Were well informed and all delivered with good humour which helped make the course far more enjoyable for course participants. Support was of high level and I would highly recommend this course to other people.

  8. M Moseley

    Excellent course. The tutors were fantastic and very supportive.

  9. Aditya Singh

    All the study was perfect and very informative. Liked the study very much.

  10. Lorraine Toon

    Thoroughly enjoyed the whole 2 days, the trainers were clear in their instruction and made learning phlebotomy fun & easy. Well done!

  11. Debra Watson

    The tutors were very supportive

  12. Carmell Carlin (verified owner)

    Loved the course

  13. Elisha Williams (verified owner)

    Brilliant Assesor, explained really well, made me comfortable and enjoyed. Thank you!!!! 🙂

  14. Craig Meason (verified owner)

    Have left feeling a lot more confident then i thought i would

  15. Jonathan Sheldon (verified owner)

    Great course, really useful and enjoyable.

  16. Rachel Chilton (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed the course, thanks.

  17. Bethany Gaughan (verified owner)

    The assessor was very friendly and made me feel supported throughout both days, i really enjoyed this course.

  18. Sarah Anzalone (verified owner)

    I have really enjoyed the course. I have found it to be very informative but also fun as Dot has been lovely to us all.

  19. Joyce Chele (verified owner)

    I’m very happy with the training i received from Dot is very excellent. She has explained everything thoroughly and taught us different techniques as well. I was not confident before i started but i feel very confident. Very good teaching.

  20. Salina Sadiq

    Dot has really helped me become confident and she was very clear about all the information. The course was interesting and very fun at the same time.

  21. Danielle Stevens

    This course was very educational to me and Dot was a wonderful teacher and made sure I was confident before leaving.

  22. Hasan Basavci

    Everything was really good, lots of guidance, would recommend to others.

  23. Selina Sadiq

    Everything was very clear and very informative, I really enjoyed the course and the way it was carried out.

  24. Kerry Fletcher

    Excellent – Very patient and approachable, so helpful!! Would definitely recommend this course – LOVED IT!!

  25. Paul Waldron

    Very good interesting course, would recommend! Tutor very friendly and welcoming!

  26. Donna Bunting

    Course was delivered very well, Dot made me feel at ease and competent at taking bloods.

  27. Ellie Froggatt

    Dot was a very friendly and helpful teacher, she made us feel confident and at ease, thank you!

  28. Elise Faulkner

    Dot was very helpful & informative – ensured that everyone understood what was being taught. It was good to practise taking bloods from the equipment to identify which methods was best for us to use on patients.

  29. Carole Anne Dennis

    Dot made me feel comfortable and at ease, clearly spoke so subjects were very understandable and legible. Would recommend Dot for training, any questions and queries Dot answered professionally.

  30. Amirah Hussain

    Really lovely and taught us well.

  31. Samantha Stapleton

    Dot was great would love to do another course with her again. Very clear explained everything and would go over it again if needed but she is amazing! 🙂

  32. Eileen Mchugh

    I was very nervous about joining the course, there wasn’t any need! Dot the assessor was great at putting everyone at ease – she made it very interesting and informative – Brilliant!

  33. Renata Grochala

    Amazing trainer.

  34. Shabnam Aziz

    Dot made everything very easy to understand. She was also very bubbly and welcoming which made the course easy and fun to learn.

  35. Bal Kong-Mohr

    Dot is an amazing tutor. She’s so knowledgeable and helpful. I feel like I’ve learned so much more due to her excellent training, skill set and knowledge. I would seriously recommend anyone to do this course, particularly if Dot is teaching you.

  36. Faisal Murtaza

    Had a great time learning, tutor was patient and her training methods and general approach is awesome.

  37. Tracey Gadsby- Pearce

    Really enjoyed this course I thought I might have struggled the with live blood but Dot was reassuring with her guidance.

  38. Zoe Reeve

    Really enjoyed it, Dot was very helpful and full of valuable information.

  39. Rachel Shaw

    Really enjoyed the course, Dot was lovely and made the course over the 2 days very comfortable and made her skills very easy for us to understand. If I was to come to the live lesson, I’d definitely opt for Dot

  40. David Earp

    Excellent course and fantastic tutor.

  41. jessica litherland

    Really enjoyed the day with Dot, she is amazing very good makes you feel very at ease and leave in confidence.

  42. Rachel Forrestor

    Dot was an amazing instructor. She makes it so fun as well as informative.

  43. Muhammed Hasan Ahmed

    Loved it, thanks.

  44. Leigh Matson

    It is clear Dot has a lot of experience in phlebotomy, found it very interesting!

  45. Leanne Elliott

    Dot was amazing. She made me fell so relaxed as I was so nervous to do the course. She Delivered the information so well to help us all grasp the learning easily.

  46. Georgina Kemp

    Dot made me feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the course. Dot’s sound knowledge, experience and encouragement made me feel confident in myself and technique.

  47. jessica litherland

    Dot was a very friendly assessor, made me feel at ease straight away. I would recommend her to anyone. She is amazing.

  48. Noor Alkurdi

    Dot Harrison is a very professional lady and full of knowledge. The course was rich with information and I will highly recommend this course for my friends and others. Thank you Dot we did really enjoy it and I wish all the best for you.

  49. Joshua Tarry

    Dot made sure we were confident before we left, super good teacher!

  50. Esther Carruthers

    We really enjoyed the course, it has opened lots of doors for us. Dot is a very good teacher and she made sure we were confident before letting us go!

  51. Gemma Cowley

    Dot was an amazing trainer as I was very nervous she helped me feel really relaxed and made the course so good. Dot went through everything so well.

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