Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) at University of Bradford - UCAS

Course summary

Do you want to get involved in the world's battle against COVID19 and future pandemics? If so, a degree in Healthcare Science could be for you. Healthcare and Biomedical scientists have been working tirelessly since the pandemic began to develop diagnostic tests, run COVID testing laboratories, develop vaccines and support doctors in the urgent research into treatment and prevention strategies for the virus. It is a career at the cutting-edge of medical research. 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. In year 3, you will specialise in one of the following pathways:

  • Genetics
  • Cellular Sciences
  • Infection Sciences
  • Blood Sciences
Each pathway contains a work-based training placement, which is integrated with the academic content. This provides invaluable applied experience, developing your skills and boosting your employability. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference of specialist pathway. This is, however, dependent on placement provision available at the time. On graduation, you’ll be able to practice as a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist in NHS Pathology laboratories. Professional accreditation 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).


Year 1: Cell and Tissue Biology (core), Human Genetics and Developmental Biology (core), Human Physiology (core), Introductory Biochemistry (core), Introductory Microbiology (core), Work-based Learning and Professional Practice 1 (core) Year 2: Clinical and Analytical Biochemistry (core), Immunology, Haematology and Transfusion Science (core), Medical Microbiology (core), Molecular Genetics (core), Pathology (core), Work-based Learning and Professional Practice 2 (core) Year 3: Blood Sciences specialism: Diagnostic Biochemistry and Immunology (core), Blood Sciences specialism: Pregnancy and Paediatric Blood Science (core), Blood Sciences specialism: Research Topics 1 in Haematology and Transfusion Science (core), Cellular Sciences specialism: Applications of Cytopathology (core), Cellular Sciences specialism: Clinical Diagnostics in Reproductive Science (core), Cellular Sciences specialism: Diagnostic Histopathology (core), Genetics specialism: Biology of Disease (core), Genetics specialism: Independent Study (core), Genetics specialism: Medical Genetics (core), Infection Sciences specialism: Diagnostic Microbiology (core), Infection Sciences specialism: Infectious Disease: Establishment, Treatment and Control (core), Infection Sciences specialism: Parasitology and Fungal Infections (core), Research Project (core), Work-based Learning and Professional Practice 3 (core)

Assessment method

The assessment strategy is designed to allow students to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes of an individual module appropriate to the level of study and the learning outcomes of the programme. These learning outcomes are consistent with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Students will be examined, primarily, on the breadth of knowledge via MCQ and short answer examinations. Coursework assignments will give students the opportunity to gain experience in report writing and data handling and interpretation . As student’s progress, they will have the opportunity to demonstrate increasing skills of analysis, synthesis and criticism through a wide variety of assessment strategies, including written and oral examinations, report writing, group work, essays, including a dissertation/piece of independent study writing, oral presentations, case studies and the project report. The project report provides a major opportunity to demonstrate autonomy in data handling and critical interpretation in a research context. Student’s professional competencies will be assessed primarily in the workplace through the work-based learning modules and facilitated by a ‘Learning contract’.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification 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. The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University. Please note that BSc Healthcare Science is not suitable for international students. English Language requirements for International and EU applicants: The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £22180 Year 1
International £22180 Year 1

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Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) at University of Bradford - UCAS