Healthcare Science - BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

​​​​​Accredited by:
Health Education England (HEE); The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

UCAS Code: B130

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time (with extended academic year to incorporate work-based training elements). Please note that the placements will take place during ‘traditional’ student breaks i.e. over the summer months.

 

Course Overview

​Tuition Fees are fully paid for those who successfully gain a place on this course.

Healthcare Science is a dynamic and continually evolving discipline that requires highly trained individuals to perform an array of laboratory based techniques that contribute to the overall care and wellbeing of patients. Our professionally accredited programme is specifically designed to enable students to develop, integrate and apply scientific knowledge and skills to the multi-disciplinary investigation of human health and disease. With elements of work-based training incorporated into every year of the programme, it is carefully tailored to prepare graduates for a career in the NHS.​

The programme is closely linked with the workforce planning requirements for NHS Wales, therefore offering an enhanced level of employability. During the second year of study, students will specialise in one of the following disciplines: Blood Science, Cellular Science, Genetics Science or Infection Science. Successful graduates will also be eligible to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), further enhancing the career opportunities.

Due to this programme being NHS funded, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

​Course Content​

Students will graduate with one of the following awards:

  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Blood Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cellular Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Genetics Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Infection Science)

If competition for certain specialisms should arise, academic achievement, the outcome of an interview process and student CV may be taken into account.

Year One (Level 4):
You will cover fundamental biochemistry, cell biology and genetics, microbiology, immunology, and human physiology, providing the necessary scientific knowledge for further study. In addition, you will be able to develop relevant analytical, communication and professional skills as well as undergoing a period of generic work-based training. Students will undertake a 6-week work-based learning placement during this first academic year in one of our accredited NHS clinical laboratories.

Modules:

  • Key Skills & Concepts for Healthcare Science (20 Credits)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (20 Credits)
  • Biochemistry (20 Credits)
  • Infection & Immunity (20 Credits)
  • Cell Biology & Genetics (20 Credits)
  • Professional Studies (10 Credits)
  • Contemporary Collaborative Practice (10 Credits)

Year Two (Level 5):
You will acquire expertise in a comprehensive range of specialist investigative techniques, epidemiology & data analysis and research methods. You will also have an introduction to the he disciplines of blood science, cellular science, genetic science and infection science. Students will explore the nature and importance of disease processes and their clinical investigation and embark upon a specialist 15-week work-based training period in a clinical laboratory environment.

Modules:

  • Principles & Practice of Blood Sciences (15 Credits)
  • Principles & Practice of Cellular Sciences (15 Credits)
  • Principles & Practice of Genetic Sciences (15 Credits)
  • Principles & Practice of Infection Sciences (15 Credits)
  • Analytical & Research Methods (20 Credits)
  • Physiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology (10 Credits)
  • Blood Sciences - Specialism A (10 Credits) OR
  • Cellular Sciences - Specialism A (10 Credits) OR
  • Genetic Sciences - Specialism A (10 Credits) OR
  • Infection Sciences - Specialism A (10 Credits)
  • Professional Practice & Work-Based Training (20 Credits) A

Year Three (Level 6):
The final year focuses on integrating your learning to support a multidisciplinary approach to research, diagnosis and management of disorder and disease. Subjects covered will emphasise the multidisciplinary approach to laboratory investigation of disease, and patient management. Students will undertake specialism specific modules and complete a 25-week period of work-based training in a clinical laboratory environment. The final year research project which will be undertaken as part of your work based training, will further encourage independent enquiry and critical analysis

Modules:

  • The Biology and Laboratory Investigation of Disease (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Topics in Healthcare Science (20 Credits)
  • Blood Sciences - Specialism B (20 Credits) OR
  • Cellular Sciences - Specialism B (20 Credits) OR
  • Genetic Sciences - Specialism B (20 Credits) OR
  • Infection Sciences - Specialism B (30 Credits)
  • Professional Practice & Work-Based Training B (30 Credits)
  • Research Project (30 Credits)

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching and learning methods are employed throughout the programme. These include lectures, tutorials, workshops and a significant number of laboratory-based practical sessions. The Moodle VLE is also used to provide students with key information relating to programme modules, careers advice information and administrative information relating to their programme of study.

All students are assigned a personal tutor when they first enrol, who will remain their tutor and provide pastoral support throughout their studies. Students produce a PDP (Personal Development Portfolio) during year one, and the personal tutorial system encourages students to continue to develop their interpersonal and reflective skills throughout their studies. We are proud of our ‘Open Door Policy’ that encourages students to contact staff for advice and guidance whenever they require it.

Students are also allocated a work-based training tutor. This member of staff will be one of our HCPC registered lecturers and will provide additional support to students whilst they are out on placement.

Assessment

You are continually assessed through examinations, coursework and portfolio assignments, case studies and in the final year, a work based research dissertation/scientific poster presentation.

In addition, whilst undertaking work based training, students are required to complete a Healthcare Science Practitioner Training Manual and the Institute of Biomedical Science pre-registration portfolio for the Certificate of Competence.

Employability & Careers

Healthcare Science is a continually changing, dynamic, professional and scientific discipline concerned with understanding how diseases develop and how they may affect the normal functioning of the body. The aim of the discipline is the investigation of the disease process and, ultimately, the development of methods for monitoring, diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.

Healthcare Science offers challenging and rewarding career opportunities within the National Health Service and many other organisations including the Health Protection Agency, National Blood Authority and Medical Research Council.

Successful completion of the Healthcare Science programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University will allow graduates to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Work based training: extended periods of training in NHS laboratories are embedded across the three years of this degree programme. This ensures that students gain in depth knowledge, understanding and experience of the healthcare science environment in preparation for employment as a Healthcare Science Practitioner/Biomedical Scientist within the NHS.

Further information about career opportunities in Healthcare Science can be found here:
http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/healthcare-science/careers-in-healthcare-science/careers-in-life-sciences/

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.​

Applicants should hold the General Certificate of Secondary Education, with passes at Grade C or above in at least 5 subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics and Sciences (or grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England).  Applicants who speak English as a second language must have adequate command of English, with an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in all elements.

At Advanced level, 3 A Levels (or equivalent) are normally required. The normal offer is 120 points. Subjects should include Biology and Chemistry both at grade B. Other qualifications of equivalent standard will normally be considered.
Examples are as follows:

  • 120 points from at least 3 A levels to include a B grade in both Biology and Chemistry
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) Distinction Distinction Distinction
  • 120 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include a C grade in both Biology and Chemistry

  • 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include Biology at grade A2, and a grade B1 in Chemistry (minimum C2 grade considered for other Higher subjects)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma that includes a major component of the basic Sciences: to include 15 Distinctions in both Biology and Chemistry credits, and Merits from the remaining level 3 credits

Or if you do not meet the above entry requirements, Cardiff Metropolitan's 'Foundation in Health Sciences'  is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that may be considered for progression to the degree upon successful completion. Consideration would be given to any applicant who had achieved 70% overall to include a minimum of 65% from the Biology and Chemistry modules, to be obtained by the 31st August in the year of entry, and receipt of a new application through UCAS.

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be allowed in accordance with Cardiff Metropolitan University guidelines and criteria.

Selection Procedure and Interviews

Admission to this programme is subject to applicants being successful at interview.

Selection for interview is based on the information submitted on the UCAS application form. Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to undertake a structured interview, which is designed to assess the values of a future NHS employee. In addition, an assessment of applicants’ communication skills and their understanding of the profession will be made.

Interviews will run on the 23rd January 2016 and the 20th February 2016. Early applications are encouraged in order that interview invitations can be processed effectively.

DBS and Occupational Health Checks

All students must undertake appropriate immunisation and health checks prior to entry and a completed Enhanced DBS disclosure is required.  More information about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs. Further information about occupational health checks can be found by visiting by www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/ohq  

NHS Bursary Allocation

Our intake numbers are decided by the NHS in Wales.
Allocation is made on the basis of academic achievement. On occasions, when there are more applicants that meet our entry requirements than places, we will consider the interview scores when allocating the bursaries. Unfortunately, due to the limited numbers of bursaries available, applicants who choose us as Insurance cannot always be guaranteed a place.

For more information on the NHS Bursary scheme and how to apply please click here.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

NHS Bursary & Financial Support

The number of students that enrol on the BSc (Hon) Healthcare Science programme each year is dependent on the workforce planning requirements of NHS Wales. Workforce planning ensures that a highly trained and sustainable workforce is in place to support the rapidly evolving needs of the NHS. For that reason, students who enrol on the

The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science programme at Cardiff Met will receive support from the Workforce, Education Development Services (NHS Wales) - the division of the Welsh Assembly Government that deals with the workforce plans for the NHS in Wales.

As such students on the programme can expect to receive:

  • Fees for the programme via an NHS Bursary
  • £1000 non-means tested grant
  • A maintenance grant that is means tested
  • Travelling expenses related to a placement may be reimbursed (if students are in receipt of a maintenance grant)

As part of the application process, the details of potential students for places on the programme are passed directly to the NHS (Wales) Student Awards Unit who will directly contact students that successfully gain a place on the programme. More information about awards and entitlement can be found in the WEDS publication entitled ‘Financial Help for Students’ which can be found at the following address: www.weds.wales.nhs.uk.

For further information about the NHS Bursary Scheme, please click here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Lowri Mainwaring: 
Email: lomainwaring@cardiffmet.ac.uk​
Tel: 029 2020 5608


Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms