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Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)

BSc (Hons)


2024 - 2025

Typical offer for 2024


UCAS code

Suitable for applications.

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Now I've graduated I have secured a role as a Biomedical Scientist in Pathology at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, and I plan to start my MSc Physician Associate studies here in September. Martins, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science

Entry requirements

Typical offer - 120 UCAS tariff points.


A levels

BBB, 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).

T levels

Merit - with subject specific requirement in Science.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDD with a minimum of 6 modules passed with a minimum grade of Merit in a relevant Science to include six specific units out of the following modules:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Biomedical Science

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.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

120 UCAS tariff points to include HL Chemistry or Biology at grade 6, 1 other subject at grade 6 and a third subject 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, Mathematics and two Sciences at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements

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

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, 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.

Foundation Year entry

If you are a UK student and do not meet the entry requirements for this course, our Foundation Year has a route to Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) BSc (Hons).

Foundation Year entry requirements

72 UCAS points or equivalent plus English Language, Maths and 2 Sciences qualifications equivalent to GCSE Grade 4.

Study and progression requirements

Pass each module and achieve a programme average of at least 60%.

Participate and be successful in the selection/interview process for the degree programme. Successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a health check.

Transferring from another university

Applications for advanced entry will not be considered for this programme.

Placement Year

The programme has a placement integrated into each year of the degree in NHS pathology laboratories. These placements will equip you with a wide range of skills and practical experience, boosting your employability and enabling you to deliver high-quality patient care.

Placements are in blocks. The first 10-week placement at the end of year 1 involves rotation through the different pathology disciplines. The second 15-week placement is at the end of year 2 and the remaining 25 weeks (125 days) is during year 3 of the degree.

These placements take place in your chosen discipline-specific laboratories subject to placement availability. If you express an interest in a specific discipline every effort will be made to accommodate this request, but this cannot be guaranteed.

In the final year you will attend the placement lab during term time on a part-time basis (4 days per week). The placement in year 3 runs throughout the year alongside taught modules, allowing preparation time for the research project that take place in the workplace during the final placement.

During the placement you will access the Department of Health assessment portfolio. This broadly uses the generic Health Professions Council Standards of Proficiency and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, but contextualises these for Healthcare Science. The student will also complete the IBMS registration portfolio during the three years of the degree with verification of fitness to practice taking place at the end of year 3.

Learning and assessment

A wide range of teaching methods are used to deliver the programme, which include a combination of blended learning undertaken mainly on campus.

To accommodate both the academic requirements and work-based training, the programme will require extended periods of study in years 1 and 2, beyond the standard 30 weeks.

All students have three semesters of study, with semester 3 being the work-based learning opportunity.

A number of self-directed components of Work Based Learning (WBL) is carried out whilst working in the placement laboratory, alongside the development of the Institute’s registration training portfolio.

Our facilities

Our Microbiology Lab is home to research which focuses on understanding how bacterial pathogens cause disease, and investigating the way in which colonisation of people and surfaces can be reduced.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 


The programme team are all either researchers or have NHS practitioner experience (one team member combines being an active practitioner with teaching commitments) and therefore research is integral to the teaching on the programme.

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:

All students undertake a research laboratory project which constitutes one third of the academic credits at level 6. Research is carried out in the workplace, with a supervision team combining a member of clinical staff from the work place with a University member of the teaching and research team.

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.