Biomedical and healthcare science graduates may go on to a range of subject specific careers in the biological, pharmaceutical, clinical, medical, public health and other associated sectors. Graduates from this programme may also go on to specific careers in biomedical science or clinical physiology. Recent graduates have gone on to secure employment in laboratory/research work, the pharmaceutical industries, education and medical communications.
For those who wish to continue their studies, we offer a range of postgraduate programmes across the breadth of biological and healthcare sciences.
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These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.
We will interview you as part of your application.
UCAS tariff points/grades required
120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBB) including a minimum grade C at A2 in Biology (must include a Pass in the Biology practical assessment), Human Biology or Grade C at A2 in Applied Science. Other Sciences may be considered. General Studies is not accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DDM) in relevant subject to include 60 credits at Merit from relevant Science units.
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science/ Medicine/ Dentistry/ Pharmacy) with a minimum 122 UCAS tariff points.
International Baccalaureate points
26 Diploma points with HL Biology at grade 5.
7.0 overall with not less than 5.5 in any element.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
All applicants are required to pass a medical examination and receive vaccinations required for working in medical fields.
A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for all students. This will be completed through the university early in the course.
This degree programme is not available to overseas applicants.
As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates must attend an interview in person.
In Year 1, you will develop core scientific knowledge. In year 2 your clinicial training is specialised in your chosen discipline and in your final year, you will cover the remaining specialist material for your discipline.
In Year 1 you will develop core scientific knowledge relevant to healthcare science. You will also begin to gain specialist knowledge of your chosen discipline. Clinical placements will introduce you to the workplace and begin your clinical skills training. In the first year, this takes the form of observational work experience.
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Scientific Basis of Physiological Sciences
The application of science across the neurosciences or cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep science and safe working within the clinical healthcare setting.
Professional Practice, Research Skills and Physiological Measurements
This unit covers the generic skills essential for healthcare science students, particularly in relation to the capture, analysis and interpretation of biological information, principles of physics and professional practice for healthcare science.
The Physiological Systems unit introduces students to principles of human physiology at the organ system level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and metabolism, disease pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.
Cell and Molecular Biology
The unit provides a knowledge and understanding of biochemistry including basic organic chemistry. Biological molecules and their importance in cell structure and function are also studied. Students are introduced to microorganisms, with focus on the importance of identification and classification of microbes, and the techniques and skills required for their isolation, enumeration and microscopic examination.
In Year 2 your clinical training is specialised in your chosen discipline. You will extend your scientific knowledge base to include the processes of disease and some applications of physics and instrumentation used in healthcare science techniques. All students will also develop research skills in preparation for your final year project whilst continuing to build upon knowledge in your chosen specialism.
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Specialist Studies 1
The overall aim of this module is to ensure that students have the knowledge and understanding of the breadth of the application of science within Neuro, Cardiac, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences. You will be expected to develop your skills with respect to patient-centred care, ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions and build your professional practice and practise safely in the workplace.
Specialist Studies 2
The aim of this module is to ensure that students understand the further aspects of the science within Neuro, Cardiac, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences, and its application. You will be expected to further build your professional practice and practice safely in the workplace, using critical reflection to review and improve your performance.
Disease Processes and Statistics
This unit concerns the concepts of health and disease and looks at various causes and mechanisms of a range of disease processes in humans. The unit allows students to understand a range of statistical methods applying them to real world situations.
Professional Practice, Signal Processing and Instrumentation
This unit is designed to help students continue to develop as safe, competent practitioners by introducing the themes of quality, leadership and safety. The physics element provides the knowledge to understand basic instrumentation and its use.
Year 3 covers the remaining specialist material for your chosen discipline and continues your clinical training in that specialism. In addition, you will complete your project.
Your study includes work-based learning (22 weeks) in your chosen specialist area: Cardiac Physiology, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology, or Neurophysiology.
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Applying Specialist Studies to Practice 1
Students will gain further and in-depth knowledge of the range of physiological investigations in their chosen subject discipline and learn to apply this knowledge to enhance and develop their clinical skills with respect to patient centred care.
This unit allows all final year students to plan and undertake either a laboratory based research project or a library based dissertation in an area of their own interest. Students have the opportunity to develop a research question, plan an appropriate investigation and undertake that investigation under the guidance of an allocated supervisor.
Applying Specialist Studies to Practice 2
The unit further extends the learning in Applying Specialist Studies to Practice in the student's chosen subject discipline.
Professional and Evidence-based Practice
This unit will give students the knowledge required to progress in their professional development, understand the role of key bodies and policy, evaluate research and practice in a safe, patient focused way.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
- Year 1 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
- Year 2 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
- Year 3 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
- Year 1 45% coursework; 25% practical; 30% examination
- Year 2 65% coursework; 5% practical; 30% examination
- Year 3 60% coursework; 5% practical; 35% examination
Additional information about this course
The programme is accredited by Health Education England and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to the voluntary registers held by the Academy for Health Care Science.
The clinical placement consists of 10 weeks of observational work experience in selected disciplines in the first year, followed by discipline specific placements for 18 weeks in Year 2 and 22 weeks in Year 3.
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.
Confirmation of Regulator
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is the principal regulator for the University. Prospective students can find more information on our website. For further information out about the regulator’s role please visit the HEFCE website.