Clinical Sciences showed me that we are not limited to those half a dozen vocational courses that we sometimes think we are as school children. I was always the exception to the norm; choosing the modules that most people would not, but I loved it. It was opportunities like this that I have Clinical Sciences to thank for. Opportunities that did not only benefit my grades but also set the foundations for my future aspirations.
This programme provides the option for you to undertake a work placement between years two and three. This year can be a study abroad year or an industrial placement. This provides valuable experiential learning in a healthcare setting or in the pharmaceutical or biosciences sector.
Not only will this improve your understanding of the final year material through the application of knowledge, a placement year may significantly enhance your employment opportunities.
Learning and assessment
The learning, teaching and assessment strategies recognise the wide diversity of educational backgrounds with which students may enter the programme and the different exit points of students and graduates.
Consequently, a variety of teaching and learning opportunities and assessment methods are used to reflect the differences in learning styles between students and to address the various learning outcomes for the programme.
You are expected to demonstrate greater autonomy in your learning as you progress through the programme. Formative assessments are embedded throughout the programme in order for you to gain feedback and monitor your own progress.
Your knowledge and understanding and discipline skills are developed through lectures, laboratory sessions, workshops, tutorials and self-directed learning. Case studies, group work, individual assignments, verbal presentations, problem-based learning, and a personal development portfolio will be used to refine your personal, transferable and specialist skills.
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Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between the routes of entry?
Direct entry to Year 1 of BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences is for students who wish to study a medically relevant science degree with clinical contact and a strong focus on anatomy and physiology. Clinical Sciences is a highly regarded degree for graduate entry medicine and each year around a third of our graduates are accepted into medical & dental schools throughout the UK, as well as into a wide range of postgraduate programmes and graduate careers.
Entry via the Foundation Year is for students who wish to progress onto the BSc in Clinical Sciences or other healthcare careers but do not have science A levels or the entry requirements for direct entry to Year 1.
I don’t have A levels - can I still apply?
We will consider a range of academic qualifications, but you must have studied beyond GCSE and your qualifications should be at a level equivalent to A level study. Please contact Admissions staff for further advice.
Do I need BMAT or UKCAT for Clinical Sciences?
We do not require applicants to sit BMAT or UCAT as part of our admissions process. However, students wishing to apply to UK Medical Schools from the Foundation year will be required to sit BMAT or UCAT in accordance with the relevant admissions requirements.
My personal statement is all about medicine – do I need to send a new one for Clinical Sciences?
No, because of our links with Medicine, a personal statement aimed solely towards medicine is fine.
I want to study Pharmacy or Optometry, can I apply for the Foundation Year?
The Clinical Sciences with Integrated Foundation course offers progression to study Pharmacy on successful completion of the foundation year. This is pending a short telephone interview to determine your suitability.
You cannot progress to Optometry from this course.
If you want to study Pharmacy or Optometry starting September 2023, you need to apply directly to that course.
What happens if I don't get a place at Medical School?
Students from the Foundation Year who do not gain a place to study Medicine normally progress into Year 1 of the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences and complete their degree. Some may decide to transfer to other courses. It is expected that Year 1 students will complete the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences. Clinical Sciences is ideal for anyone who wants to combine an interest in sciences with knowledge and understanding of health and health-related issues.
How does the link to Sheffield Medical School work?
Sheffield Medical School will consider UCAS applications from Home/EU students from Widening Participation backgrounds who have taken the Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine Course or Year 1 of the BSc Clinical Sciences at the University of Bradford for entry to Year 1 of their A100 MB ChB programme.
Students apply to Sheffield via UCAS once they have their end-of-year results. Students must achieve an average for the year of at least 70%, (including 70% in Chemistry in the Foundation year) and no failed assessments. They must also meet the Sheffield UCAT threshold and meet at least 2 of the widening participation criteria. For more information, please go to the Sheffield Medical School website.
I have applied to Clinical Sciences in the past – can I reapply?
If your application was unsuccessful you can reapply in the next Admissions cycle. However, you should only do this if you have added to your application in some way, for example you have gained more work experience or voluntary work. Please seek advice from the Admissions Tutors.
Can I study Clinical Sciences as a part-time student?
At the moment, there is no part-time route through Clinical Sciences - both the Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine and the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences are full-time programmes.
Can I use the Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine to get into other medical schools?
Clinical Sciences has a formal link with Sheffield Medical School. Several other medical schools accept the Foundation Year, however you must seek advice directly from the individual medical schools about this as some medical schools have particular requirements in addition to studying the Foundation Year.
Do you have a link with Dentistry?
No, our link is with Sheffield Medical School. However, students who complete the Clinical Sciences degree do apply to study dentistry (subject to degree classification and fulfilling the admissions requirements for dentistry).
I’m not interested in studying medicine – what can Clinical Sciences offer me?
Clinical Sciences is a rigorous degree, delivered by supportive staff who are focused on helping you to achieve to your maximum potential. You will develop knowledge and understanding of science, health and health-related issues, as well as enhancing your personal transferable skills – skills that are essential for future employment. A wide range of graduate opportunities await a Clinical Sciences graduate.
Do you consider applications from students who are resitting their A levels?
Yes – but our academic entry requirement must be achieved within 3 years of study.
I’m currently studying a degree – can I transfer to Clinical Sciences?
If you are on a science or health-related degree, we will not be able to consider an application or transfer request from you.
If you are on a non-science degree and wish to change direction, it may be possible to consider an application from you if you meet our academic and non-academic entry criteria. You should discuss your situation with one of the Admissions Tutors before applying.
Can I apply to other courses through UCAS whilst studying Clinical Sciences?
If you are in the Foundation Year, you can apply to other courses through UCAS, however, you must tell us that you are doing this.
If you are in Year 1 or 2 of Clinical Sciences, you should not be applying through UCAS.
Students in Year 3 of Clinical Sciences can apply through UCAS for courses that start after they have completed their degree.
How do I apply to Clinical Sciences?
All applications are made through UCAS.
The UCAS code for Bradford University is B56; for the Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine it’s B991 and for BSc( Hons) Clinical Sciences B990. Apply for either B991 or B990 – do not apply to both.
For more information about applying to study at the University of Bradford, please visit our Application Centre.
There are also opportunities to undertake an additional year of study through the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) in over 30 countries including the United States, Ghana, Uruguay and many European Universities. This is an exciting way for you to enhance your CV in an increasingly global environment and develop an understanding of other cultures and language skills.