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Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: C400
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Overview

The BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human disease.

It examines the causes of disease, and the effects of disease on the normal structure and functions of the human body. You’ll gain a firm understanding of the scientific basis for laboratory investigation, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.

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

You can choose from four specialist pathways:

  • Genetics
  • Cellular Sciences
  • Infection Sciences
  • Blood Sciences

Each pathway offers a specialist work-based training placement in each year of study, which is integrated with the academic content. This provides invaluable applied experience, developing your skills and boosting your employability.

On graduation you’ll be able to practice as a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist in NHS Pathology laboratories.

We also offer a part-time version of the programme for staff currently working in NHS Pathology departments.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

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

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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. 

Working in the Pathology department involves caring for the patient indirectly and making sure they get the right result. Everything you do is for the patient which is very rewarding."

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science

Why Bradford?

You’ll benefit from research-informed teaching, which means you’ll learn the very latest techniques and best practice.

Our four specialist pathways enable you to tailor your studies to emerging areas of interest or career aspirations. This specialisation takes place in your third year, and includes a research project carried out in the placement laboratory.

Degree classifications are excellent with 95% of our students receiving degree classification of 2.1 or above. Additionally, 100% of our 2015 graduates in Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating. Most students have taken posts as Biomedical Scientists in the NHS.

The excellent academic ability and transferable skills of our graduates make them competitive nationally for further study including PhD programmes immediately after graduation. Some students have entered careers in medicine.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

A levels:

To include either A-level Biology or Chemistry.

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:

A relevant Science to include six 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:

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

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.

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

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:

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
  • 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.

 

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities 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.

Placement

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. Whilst every effort will be made to allow students time in each discipline this cannot be guaranteed. If a student expresses an interest in a specific discipline every effort will be made to accommodate this request.

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. In the final year students 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 students 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.

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 2016 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.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 BSc Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) graduates was £21,500.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Research

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.

Facilities

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

2018/19:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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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.