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BSc (Hons)
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Healthcare Science

3 Years
September 2023
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.

Why study with us

  • Top
    in the UK for teaching on the course
    National Student Survey (Biomedical Sciences) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • Top
    in the UK for overall positivity
    National Student Survey (Biomedical Sciences) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • 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

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


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.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£14,900 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£16,500 per year

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.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

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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