Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: C400
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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With specialisation in:

  • Genetics
  • Cellular Sciences
  • Infection Sciences
  • Blood Sciences

Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) involves the study of normal life processes and then disease processes in humans, plus the methods used in disease identification, investigation and the development of therapeutic intervention strategies.

It also develops and applies new technologies that help improve patient care.

Although the subjects are broadly similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree course, our course aims to produce graduates who understand disease from a scientific perspective.

Find out more about the School of Medical Sciences.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and Health Education England, and has approval from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Institute of Biomedical Science Health and Care Professions Council

Why Bradford?

Our Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) courses have a strong specialist work-based training element in each year of study which is integrated with the academic content.

Graduates from this degree course will have a comprehensive scientific education coupled with technical skills necessary for laboratory work.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include either A-level Biology or Chemistry minimum grade B.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM in a relevant Science to include 6 specific units out of the following modules:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Biomedical Science Techniques
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Periodicity and its Applications
  • Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Physiological Investigations
  • Diseases and Infections

Applicants on Access Programmes:

122 UCAS tariff points. Applicants must be studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject and achieve a minimum of 12 credits of Biology or Chemistry at Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, Mathematics and two Sciences at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers. All places are offered subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Cell and Tissue Biologycore
Human Genetics and Developmental Biologycore
Human Physiologycore
Introductory Biochemistrycore
Introductory Microbiologycore
Work-based Learning and Professional Practice 1core
Year 2
Clinical and Analytical Biochemistrycore
Immunology, Haematology and Transfusion Sciencecore
Medical Microbiologycore
Molecular Geneticscore
Work-based Learning and Professional Practice 2core
Year 3
Blood Sciences specialism: Diagnostic Biochemistry and Immunologycore
Blood Sciences specialism: Pregnancy and Paediatric Blood Sciencecore
Blood Sciences specialism: Research Topics 1 in Haematology and Transfusion Sciencecore
Cellular Sciences specialism: Applications of Cytopathologycore
Cellular Sciences specialism: Clinical Diagnostics in Reproductive Sciencecore
Cellular Sciences specialism: Diagnostic Histopathologycore
Genetics specialism: Biology of Diseasecore
Genetics specialism: Independent Studycore
Genetics specialism: Medical Geneticscore
Infection Sciences specialism: Diagnostic Microbiologycore
Infection Sciences specialism: Infectious Disease: Establishment, Treatment and Controlcore
Infection Sciences specialism: Parasitology and Fungal Infectionscore
Research Projectcore
Work-based Learning and Professional Practice 3core

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


There are built-in placements as part of the course. On completion of the IBMS portfolio of competence and the Department of Health portfolio, you can apply for HCPC registration to become a biomedical scientist and work for the NHS or private laboratories.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2015 graduates in Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Graduates can practise as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in NHS laboratories.

Alternatively, you could find employment as a laboratory-based or non-laboratory-based scientist in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other related industries, academic research and teaching.

For more information, see NHS Careers (external link).

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 School of Medical Sciences graduates was £20,094.


Our research expertise covers a range of areas including microbiology, cancer research, skin sciences and cardiovascular disease research. You can find out more about our two main research areas below:


You will learn in multi-million pound teaching laboratories. You will also have access to research laboratories in the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics where you will learn from our world-leading cancer researchers.

Explore the Faculty of Life Sciences' facilities using this interactive 360° tour:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £16,970

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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