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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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With specialisation in:

  • Genetics
  • Cellular Sciences
  • Infection Sciences
  • Blood Sciences

Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) involves the study of normal life processes and then disease processes in humans, plus the methods used in disease identification, investigation and the development of therapeutic intervention strategies. It also develops and applies new technologies that help improve patient care. Although the subjects are broadly similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree course, our course aims to produce graduates who understand disease from a scientific perspective.

Find out more about the School of Medical Sciences.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

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

Why Bradford?

Our Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) courses have a strong specialist work-based training element in each year of study which is integrated with the academic content. Graduates from this degree course will have a comprehensive scientific education coupled with technical skills necessary for laboratory work.

Entry requirements

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

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.



Module nameType
Stage 1
Cell and Tissue Biology core
Human Genetics and Developmental Biology core
Human Physiology core
Introduction Biochemistry core
Introductory Microbiology core
Work-based Learning and Professional Practice 1 core
Stage 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
Stage 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


There are built-in placements as part of the course. On completion of the IBMS portfolio of competence and the Department of Health portfolio, you can apply for HCPC registration to become a biomedical scientist and work for the NHS or private laboratories.

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 2015 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 (external link).

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 School of Medical Sciences graduates was £20,094.


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:


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:

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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.