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BSc (Hons)

Healthcare Science

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

To follow this route you must initially apply for our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course, successfully complete the first year and pass a selection interview. Once transferred to the second year of Healthcare Sciences, you will start your first clinical placement.

Healthcare Science involves an in-depth understanding of how the human body functions in both normal and diseased states so healthcare scientists must appreciate how events arising at a molecular, cellular or tissue level can contribute to and also affect health and wellbeing.

Combining practical and theoretical modules, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to make confident, informed decisions about patient care and treatment in a laboratory setting.

Everything you’ll learn is tailored to the NHS, and you’ll spend time each year preparing for an NHS career by learning and working in one of their pathology laboratories. Completion of subsequent modules and final year placement will lead to the award of the degree title BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Healthcare Science is ranked 2nd in the UK with 97% of students satisfied with the learning resources (National Student Survey 2020)
  • All learning is tailored to prepare you for a career in the NHS: guaranteed work placements in NHS pathology laboratories, allowing you to complete a portfolio to achieve HCPC registration as part of the course.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Healthcare Science is ranked 3rd in England with 88% of students satisfied with the quality of feedback and assessment (National Student Survey 2020)

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What you'll do

  • You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in blood science, cellular science, infection science or genetic science.
  • You’ll learn from staff on this course who have a long association with the NHS pathology service and have a deep understanding and extensive experience of pathology laboratory procedures.
  • You’ll be based in our impressive JB Firth Building, which houses the latest practical and research laboratories.

Module Overview

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.

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  • This course is accredited by HEE. It exists to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and healthcare improvement to patients and members of the public. It ensures that the healthcare workforce is equipped with the right skills, values and behaviours.
  • This course is accredited by the IBMS, which is essential if you're looking for employment in hospital pathology laboratories. The IBMS is the professional body for biomedical scientists and support staff - advancing knowledge and setting professional standards.
  • This course is accredited and endorsed by the HCPC regulatory body. The HCPC is a regulator of health and care professionals in the UK, approving programmes and setting the standards that individuals must meet in order to become a registered professional.

Future careers

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

All the necessary accreditations are in place for you to pursue a career as an NHS biomedical scientist.

You may decide to follow a career in medical sales, technical writing or progress to teaching by obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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