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BSc (Hons)

Applied Biomedical Science

Healthcare Science Practitioner – Level 6
3 years
September 2024

Our Applied Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You'll study health and disease and learn how the human body functions during normal and diseased states.

Why study with us

  • We tailor learning to prepare you for a career in the NHS. You'll be guaranteed work placements in NHS pathology laboratories. This will allow you to complete a portfolio to achieve HCPC registration.
  • Taught by internationally-recognised research-active scientists and biomedical scientists.
  • Our Biomedical Science course ranked 1st in the North West for graduate prospects. (Complete University Guide 2022).

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

With a Degree Apprenticeship, you get a great qualification and a career boost. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning, as you earn.

Grow and nurture your talent through the forward-thinking businesses we collaborate with.

Who is the course for?

The course is for individuals who want to work within NHS pathology labs and progress into a career as a Biomedical Scientist. 

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Learn from expert Applied Biomedical Science course staff
Learn from expert Applied Biomedical Science course staff

What you'll do

  • You’ll develop a range of lab-based and theoretical skills associated with sound scientific practice.
  • We have a strong focus on practical experience, with access to excellent facilities. This ensures that you graduate with real-world skills.
  • Course staff have a long association with the NHS pathology service. Each has a deep understanding and extensive experience in pathology laboratory procedures.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


Future careers

Our BSc Applied Biomedical Science degree provides a government-prescribed route into NHS pathology. Biomedical scientists are employed in a range of areas including, hospitals, industry and the Civil Service. 

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

    We offer a range of support and services to help all apprentices, but you may need a little extra assistance if you have been in Local Authority care and don’t have support from your parents. Find out more about our Care Leaver Bursary for our Degree Apprentice students.

    Find out more about Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

Information for employers

You'll employ an apprentice to do a real job while they study for a formal qualification. Usually, they'll study for one day a week at one of our campuses or training centres.

This course meets Apprenticeship Standards ST0413 (Healthcare Science Practitioner). After successfully completing the course, your apprentice will be eligible to apply for registration with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a biomedical scientist.

Benefits to the employer

  • Apprenticeships enable your staff to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a Biomedical Scientist.
  • Successful graduates will have completed their IBMS registration training portfolio as part of the course. They can then apply for HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to a succession plan, enabling specific skill sets to be retained within your business.

This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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