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Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine

Entry 2018: BCC / 104 UCAS points
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Other
UCAS code: B991
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Entry onto the Clinical Sciences course, either directly or via a foundation year, allows students a unique and exciting opportunity to study science and health studies, and which can lead to a career in medicine, the healthcare sciences and other healthcare professions.

This collaborative course provides an opportunity for widening participation students to enter the MBChB programme at Leeds Medical School.

Our focus is to widen participation in medical and healthcare education from students from underrepresented groups.

Clinical Sciences Widening Participation criteria September 2017 (docx, 66KB)

Clinical Sciences Widening Participation criteria September 2018 (docx, 71KB)

This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and key skills to underpin today’s ever-changing health service, and to meet the needs of our local community.

Applicants interested in the transfer to medicine opportunity can only be considered for entry to the Clinical Sciences programme via the Foundation year.

Find out more about the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Year 1 of the BSc in Clinical Sciences is accredited by the General Medical Council as part of the Leeds MBChB programme and the Foundation year recognised for entry to year 1 of Medicine at Leeds.

Why Bradford?

There will be opportunities on both courses for experiential training in a variety of healthcare settings.

We focus on providing you with the confidence and competence to embark on a career in allied health and science professions.

There are three routes into Clinical Sciences:

  1. Route 1: Direct entry into Year 1 of the BSc is suitable for applicants who wish to study a medically-related degree.
  2. Route 2: Entry via the Foundation year is suitable for applicants who do not have science A levels or the entry requirements for Year 1. Route 2 can lead directly into the BSc in Clinical Sciences or other health-related courses at Bradford or other UK institutions.
  3. Route 3: Entry via Route 3 into the Foundation year is for applicants who fulfil our widening participation criteria as well as the standard academic and non-academic entry requirements. Route 3 provides transfer opportunities for some students to the MBChB programme
    at Leeds Medical School.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BCC / 104 UCAS 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.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, 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.


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

Health and Society

An introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the NHS and the healthcare professionals working within it, together with an exploration of the factors influencing healthcare provision and health promotion.

Personal and Professional Development (Foundation)

This module allows you to develop your research skills by an in-depth investigation in a clinical area of your choice. You will consolidate many transferable skills to investigate, critically evaluate and present your findings in a written dissertation and an oral presentation.

Chemistry for Clinical Sciences

An introduction to the chemical concepts and reactions required to understand modern medicine. The syllabus includes the structure of atoms and molecules, organic chemistry, kinetics and thermodynamics, using examples from human biochemistry and medicine.

Laboratory and Study Skills for Clinical Sciences/Medicine

This module provides you with academic and practical skills you need for studying clinical and medical sciences.

Biology for Clinical Sciences

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions of cell components, the processes underlying cellular metabolism, the principles and importance of homeostasis and the roles of the nervous and endocrine systems in homeostatic co-ordination and response.

Special Studies (Foundation)

This module allows you to investigate selected topics related to healthcare, to develop your understanding of these areas in a self-directed manner. It also develops your transferable skills, including communication, presentations and scientific writing - all of which are useful in a healthcare setting.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

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

98% of our 2016 graduates in BSc Clinical Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

A major aim of the course is to provide for the NHS needs of the local community. Opportunities for graduates include medicine and careers within the NHS that contribute directly to patient care, ranging from health service management, healthcare sciences, financial management, clinical psychology and primary care. The highly successful pharmaceutical industry also offers a wide variety of careers.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 BSc Clinical Sciences graduates was £23,214.*

*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.


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Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


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

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

See paying your fees 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.