School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)

Do you aim to be a sought after professional in diagnostic healthcare? Working with NHS Trusts South West, you will be trained in diagnostic and professional skills. With clinical work placements throughout the course, you will gain workplace-ready expertise and an accredited degree (National School of Healthcare Science, Institute of Biomedical Science), to be primed for roles in clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology, infection and immunity.

You will benefit from a course accredited by the HCPC with professional registration upon graduation. You will integrate into the NHS work force via professional training placements in each year of the degree. You’ll have the opportunity to work as biomedical scientists in the NHS or enter their Scientist Training Programme. You could also go into teaching, research or NHS policy making.

Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.


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Clearing with Plymouth University

Call our friendly Clearing team on 0333 241 6929.

We will help you find the right course for you.

  • Clearing officially opens on results day, Thursday 17 August.
  • Clearing closes on Wednesday 20 September.

For opening times and further information, visit our Clearing page.

Key features

  • Study core modules at Year 1 in human anatomy, physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry.
  • Become a confident effective communicator, able to present your ideas visually, verbally and in writing to healthcare professionals. 
  • Integrate into the NHS work force via professional training placements in each year of the degree.
  • Become ‘equipped to succeed’: with access to podcasts, suite of eBooks and an ‘open door policy’ by all course lecturers.
  • Choose a course with an 82 per cent overall National Student Survey (2016) satisfaction rate.
  • Benefit from accreditation by the HCPC with professional registration upon graduation.
  • Go on to work as biomedical scientists in the NHS or enter their Scientist Training Programme as most of our graduates do. Some go into teaching, research or NHS policy making.
  • Approved by the Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the National School of Healthcare Science.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll be introduced to the healthcare science profession and receive a sound grounding in the basic science underpinnings of modern disease diagnostics, evaluation and treatment. You'll also undertake a division-specific programme of study and undertake a period of ten weeks’ work experience in a healthcare science setting.
    Core modules
    • BHCS1001 Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation

      To introduce the learner to key elements of investigation and experimentation within the biomedical sciences and to support the development of the basic skills and knowledge required for effective practice in these discipline areas

    • BHCS1002 Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems

      This module offers an introduction to the key anatomical features of the body and how physiological function is controlled to maintain homeostasis and health. It will commence with an exploration of cell and tissue biology and the founding principles of genetics, embryology and human development. The module will conclude with an exposition of anatomy and physiology of the major human organ systems.

    • BHCS1003 Human Metabolism

      This module offers an introduction to the biochemistry underlying human metabolism. In particular, the module explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the human body extracts energy from nutrients to sustain life. The significance of metabolic dysfunction in relation to human disease pathology and diagnosis is emphasised.

    • BHCS1004PP Introduction to Human Pathology

      This cross-disciplinary module provides the learner with an introduction to the study of human disease, exploring historical, social and scientific perspectives as well as an opportunity to explore how modern pathology services are structured and operated.

    • BHCS1005 Human Disease

      Concepts associated with altered health states due to environmental, developmental and genetic causes are explored. Pathological changes at the cellular, tissue and organ level are discussed. Genomic and bioinformatic technologies are introduced, and their application to clinical and personalised medicine considered.

    • BHCS1006 Infection and Immunity

      This module introduces the student to infection & immunity and the study of microorganisms with a particular emphasis on food-borne pathogens. It explores concepts of food safety, gut organisms, infectious disease and the body's ability to resist and repel such disease via a range of immune responses.

    • BHCS1007 Foundations of Healthcare Science Practice and Workplace Learning

      This module provides an introductory framework for Healthcare Science practice, being the major vehicle for the understanding, acquisition and development of the theoretical, practical and personal attributes necessary for a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

  • Year 2
  • in your second year, you'll continue to study the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare science professional and begin to specialise in the techniques and methodologies used by healthcare science practitioners in the life science disciplines. There will also be a 15-week period of practice placement learning in a healthcare science setting.
    Core modules
    • BHCS2007 Diagnostic and Clinical Biomedicine

      This module explores evidence based laboratory medicine and through selected case studies emphasizes the integrated nature of the investigation and study of disease. Students will study the key analytical methods and techniques employed in biomedical laboratories and their utility within diagnostic and clinical biomedicine.

    • BHCS2008 Methods in Infection and Immunity

      This module gives an insight to the major laboratory methods and techniques used to study infection and immunity. Introduction to the isolation and culture of infective microorganisms, and selected protocols for the clinical investigation of cellular and molecular components of the immune response. Includes patient and carer impact, whilst developing requisite skills and knowledge of a Healthcare Science practitioner/Biomedical Scientist.

    • BHCS2009 Techniques in Microscopy and Molecular Biology

      This module gives an insight to the major laboratory methods utilising microscopy for the clinical investigation of molecules, cells and tissues. It also aims to provide an understanding of the theory, practice and utility of molecular biology in healthcare science including developments in clinical bioinformatics, genomics and personalised medicine.

    • BHCS2010 Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Science

      This module continues the processes of understanding, acquisition and development of the skills and personal attributes necessary for a Healthcare Science Practitioner. It also provides a foundation in research theory and methodology for systematic study of the evidence base in biomedicine and healthcare.

    • BHCS2011 Healthcare Life Science Professional

      This module introduces the healthcare life science practitioner to the importance and operation of multidisciplinary teams in healthcare. They will also explore evidence-based laboratory medicine and how this is used to optimise laboratory services. This module also contains the work placement in n clinical environments of their chosen discipline. Here, students will further develop an understanding of the scope and practice of healthcare, whilst developing the skills and professional qualities of a Healthcare Science practitioner/Biomedical Scientist.

    Optional modules
    • BHCS2004 Cell Biology in Health and Disease

      This module examines the fundamental principles of cell biology in health and disease. It will include the theory and practice of cellular laboratory science and introduce the scope and practice of light microscopy and histology in clinical investigation and cellular pathology.

    • BHCS2005 Clinical Haematology and Biochemistry

      Clinical laboratory tests for a wide variety of biochemical and haematological parameters play an important role in disease diagnosis. This module will investigate both the scientific theory underlying commonly used tests and their application in biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science laboratories.

    • BHCS2012 Infection Sciences in Health and Disease

      This module gives an overview of microbial diseases, the safe laboratory investigation of infectious agents, epidemiology, infection control, including health protection measures, antimicrobial therapy and vaccination.

  • Final year
  • You'll spend your final year mostly in the workplace.„„ You'll also complete a research project focused on your chosen healthcare science discipline, and apply everything you have learned about science, technologies and techniques to the practice of healthcare science in a 25-week placement in a clinical setting.
    Core modules
    • BHCS3012 Professional Practice in Healthcare Science

      This module consolidates material from years one and two of the programme. It extends understanding and acquisition of skills necessary for a Healthcare Science Practitioner, enabling a safe and effective contribution to high quality care in each chosen discipline. This module also contains 25 week work placement in an appropriate clinical setting

    • BHCS3021 Research Project in Healthcare Science

      This module is largely comprised of independent self-directed study under the guidance of a project advisor. The project will address a specific research question(s) and will include a literature review and report writing.

    Optional modules
    • BHCS3010 Haematology and Transfusion Medicine

      This module provides theoretical knowledge of haematological disorders and their treatment and the impact to patients and carers upon diagnosis of abnormality. It will explore current practice in haematology and transfusion medicine, including investigative testing in pregnancy and paediatric blood science. Students will develop requisite knowledge of a Healthcare Science practitioner / Biomedical Scientist.

    • BHCS3011 Clinical Immunology and Biochemical Screening

      This module provides theoretical knowledge that will enable students to operate effectively in a modern blood sciences laboratory. Contemporary practice in clinical immunology and biochemistry will be explored in a comprehensive and critical manner. Students will gain insight to patient and carer impact whilst developing key skills and knowledge of a Healthcare Science practitioner / Biomedical Scientist.

    • BHCS3013 Cellular Pathology

      This module provides theoretical and practical skills that will enable students to operate effectively in a modern cellular sciences laboratory. Contemporary methods and techniques for investigative pathology will be explored in a comprehensive and critical manner.

    • BHCS3014 Reproductive Science

      This module provides the theoretical underpinning that will enable students to operate effectively in a modern reproductive science laboratory. Current concepts and techniques in reproductive biology and pathology, with particular reference to infertility and assisted reproduction, will be explored in a critical manner.

    • BHCS3015 Clinical Microbiology

      The module will develop an in-depth understanding of the commonly encountered infections, tests to identify the disease agents and the principles of antimicrobial therapy. Includes the impact on patient and carer. Students develop requisite skills and knowledge of a Healthcare Science practitioner / Biomedical Scientist.

    • BHCS3016 Public Health Infection Sciences

      This module provides an overview of infection sciences in a public health context. It will explore surveillance and control measures for managing infections in hospital and community settings as well as infections acquired by high risk patient groups.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Healthcare Sci Prog Spec 4281

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120

Requires interview

A level
Minimum of three A levels to include grade B in Biology and grade B in a second science subject: Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Psychology, Nutrition, or Environmental Science/Studies.

GCSE
Grade 4 or above in Maths and English Language.

IB
28 points including 5 at a higher level Biology and Chemistry.

BTEC
Science/Applied Science related BTECs if specific specialist units being studied.

Other
Other combinations and non A level qualifications will be considered. 

An interview, satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure and Occupational Health checks are required.
 
Relevant international qualifications considered.

If English is not your first language you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. If you are considering another equivalent qualification, please contact admissions.
 
IELTS
Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.


If you are a citizen of a non EU country, please contact the Admissions Team on Tel: +44 1752 584584  prior to submitting an application.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary


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Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,500 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Additional costs 

  • The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis branding, or photocopying costs.
  • If/when you are on placement there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel.
  • Failure to attend the requisite immunisation clinics at the times stated would result in you having to self-fund your immunisation schedule.
  • Failure to attend the scheduled mandatory skills training sessions would result in you having to source and self-fund your training.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Student insight

I think it’s great that the placement is integrated into the course, rather than doing a fourth year. It’s an opportunity to learn and to apply the theory that is learnt throughout the academic term.

Isabelle Drummond is in her first year of Life Sciences and is really looking forward to going on placement.

Find out more about what Isabelle has to say about studying with us

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