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Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine


2022 - 2023

Typical offer for 2022


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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 from 3 full A level or equivalent qualifications.

A levels

104 UCAS tariff points from 3 A levels, to include two A Levels with a minimum grade C.

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 from 3 HL subjects, to include 2 HL subjects at minimum 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

Applications will be screened for evidence of academic potential, motivation and interpersonal skills plus the experiences and qualities necessary for a future healthcare professional. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day.

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. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

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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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the routes of entry?

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.

Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine 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 / 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 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.

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