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Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)

BSc (Hons)
Entry: Direct entry
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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The part-time BSc in Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) involves a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human disease. It encompasses studies of the causes of disease and the effects of disease on the normal structure and functions of the human body and it provides an understanding of the scientific basis for the laboratory investigation, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.

It also develops and applies new technologies that help improve the care of patients. The four pathways in Genetics, Blood Sciences, Cellular Sciences and Infection Sciences have a strong specialist work-based training element in each year of study, which are integrated with the academic content.

Students applying for this degree should be currently working in NHS pathology departments and have the full support of the workplace in their application.  The programme requires University attendance one day each week.

The programme is designed to permit a graduate to practice as HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist in NHS Pathology laboratories.

3-year, full-time version of the programme is also available.

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


"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?

The course contains research-informed teaching, including the latest research findings and techniques, and allows students to work to their strengths through optional study in the final year (including a research project carried out in the training laboratory).

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists and is approved by the Healthcare and Professions Council (HCPC).

Degree classifications are excellent with 95% of our students receiving degree classification of 2.1 or above. Graduates will take up posts as Biomedical Scientists in their training laboratory. The excellent academic ability and transferable skills of our graduates make them competitive nationally for further study including PhD programmes immediately after graduation. 

Entry requirements

Candidates must currently be working in an NHS Pathology laboratory and have the full support of their employer to undertake this programme.

We require 120 UCAS points from a combination of A1 and A2 levels, including at least grade B in either A2 Biology or A2 Chemistry. Both Chemistry and Biology should have been passed at a level equivalent, or higher than, GCSE grade C. Key Skills will not be considered in the points score.

Other equivalent national and international qualifications will also be considered, as suitable entry requirements (BTEC, NVQ3/4, and Scottish Highers). Entry requirements for these qualifications will require appropriate grades and subject requirements, in line with the typical A-level offer.

Applicants should also hold Maths and English grade C or above at GCSE.

Experiential learning may also be credited, where there is significant relevant work experience. These applicants will be required to sit an entry assessment prior to any offer being made.

All applicants will be interviewed.

English language requirements:

IELTS 7.0 with 6 in each sub test.

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.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


During the degree 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.

You will also complete the IBMS registration portfolio during the five years of the degree, with verification of fitness to practice taking place at the end of year five.

The degree will equip you with a wide range of skills that will enable you to contribute to high-quality patient care. At the end of the programme, graduates will be able to fulfil the role of a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist in the NHS.

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.


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

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


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.

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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.