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Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine



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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. Zainab Garba Sani, BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences

Entry requirements

Typical offer - 104 UCAS tariff points.

A levels

To include at least two A-levels minimum grade C. No more than 12 points from Key Skills or any other scheme can count towards the total UCAS tariff points.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DMM. There are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes

106 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma. There are no specific subject requirements.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

104 UCAS tariff points to include 2 HL subjects at grade 5 plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus minimum of

GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Award Science) at grade C or 4.

Additional entry requirements

As part of the selection process, short-listed candidates are invited to a Selection day prior to making offers.

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each sub-test) 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 »

Learning and assessment

In the Foundation Year in Clinical Sciences/Medicine, you will be provided with the biological, chemical and numeracy skills required to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences programme. 

You will consider health concepts from a psychosocial perspective, the role and responsibilities of health and social care professionals and consolidate key skills, allowing you to make an informed decision about your future career pathway. 

Students are assessed by examinations, self-directed learning, presentations and group work.

Successful completion of the foundation year will allow you to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences course.


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What is the difference between the routes of entry?

Route 1 (the 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.

Route 2 (the Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine) is for students who wish to progress onto the BSc (Hons) in Clinical Sciences or other healthcare careers but do not have science A levels or the entry requirements for direct entry to Year 1.

Transfer to Leeds is not possible from Route 1 or Route 2

Route 3 is a formal collaboration with Leeds Medical School and has been designed to encourage students from a wide range of backgrounds into medical and healthcare education, and aims to widen access into medicine for students from groups currently under-represented in the medical profession.

Applicants interested in the opportunity to transfer to Leeds, (after the Foundation Year or Year 1 Clinical Sciences) are required to fulfil widening access criteria (based on the Access to Leeds criteria). Route 3 is only available to Home/UK students (Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK) with no previous experience of higher education.

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 us for further advice.

Do I need BMAT or UKCAT for Clinical Sciences?

No. We do not require applicants to sit BMAT or UKCAT as part of our admissions process. However, students wishing to apply to Leeds Medical School will be required to sit BMAT during their studies in Bradford. Students applying to Sheffield Medical School are required to meet the Sheffield UKCAT threshold.

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 / I want to study Optometry can I apply for the Foundation Year?

If you know that you want to study another course such as Pharmacy or Optometry, you really need to apply directly to that course. Clinical Sciences cannot recruit on behalf of another course and we cannot guarantee transfer to other courses.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for the course you are interested in, please speak with the relevant Admissions Tutors for further advice. The Admissions Tutors in Pharmacy work with the Clinical Sciences team to make offers to their course via the Foundation Year, progression into Year 1 of the MPharm is then based on academic achievement in your Foundation year studies. Students interested in Optometry should seek advice from the Optometry Admissions tutors.

How does the link to Leeds Medical School work?

This opportunity is only available to students who enter via the widening participation route. There are up to 20 places available in Year 1 of the MBChB at Leeds for students from the Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine. To be eligible to apply for one of these places, students must achieve an average for the year of at least 70%, (including 70% in Chemistry and no failed assessments).

In addition, there are up to 20 places available in year 2 of the MBChB for students for students who have completed Year 1 of the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences. To be eligible to apply for transfer from Year 1, students must have a year average of at least 60% (with no failed components in any module). Students are required to sit BMAT in a special sitting (at the University of Bradford) in the February of the year they intend to apply to transfer.

Transfer is then dependent upon successful application, interview, health and DBS checks. Please note: transfer to medicine is not guaranteed.

Can I apply for transfer to Leeds Medical School from both the Foundation Year and again from Year 1 of Clinical Sciences?

Yes. Eligible students are required to sit BMAT and meet the academic criteria in their current year of study to be able to apply to transfer.

What happens if I don’t get a place at Leeds Medical School?

Students from the Foundation Year who do not transfer to the MBChB normally progress into Year 1 of the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences and try at the end of Year 1 or complete their degree. Some may decide to transfer to other courses.

It is expected that Year 1 students who do not transfer to the MBChB 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 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 MBChB 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 UKCAT threshold. 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 contact us for further advice.

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 Leeds Medical School and Sheffield Medical School only. Other medical schools may accept the Foundation Year, however you must seek advice directly from the individual medical schools about this.

Do you have a link with Dentistry?

No, our link is with Leeds 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 and please note – you will not be eligible for Route 3 entry.

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 and the deadline for applications is 15 January in the year you wish to begin your studies (e.g. 15 January 2019 for the academic year 2019-20).

The UCAS code for Bradford University is B56; the course code for the Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine is B991 and for BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences B990. Apply for either B991 or B990 – do not apply to both.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.