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FdSc

Healthcare Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
C992
Applications:
Full-time: UCAS; Part-time: University
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
64
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Two years full-time; three to four years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Victoria Davenport
Key fact:
This course provides professional training and career development for NHS Healthcare Science Associates (within Career Framework 4), with the option of further career development through progression onto the third year of our BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science after completion of the course.

Page last updated 3 March 2017

Introduction

Why study FdSc Healthcare Science?

Healthcare scientists play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, as well as in rehabilitation. Rapid advances in technology mean it is now one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding areas in the NHS. This FdSc course has been created to develop a common career pathway, education and training standards for Healthcare Science Associates.

Why study our course?

FdSc Healthcare Science at UWE Bristol is delivered through a unique collaboration with NHS providers, to offer professional training and career development for NHS Healthcare Science Associates. With a focus on workplace training and online learning, combined with block sessions for valuable practical training at the University, you will be able to study with minimal disruption to your work and continue to earn while you learn.

Real-world experience

To join the course, you will need to be employed as a trainee Healthcare Science Associate or have secured a Higher Apprenticeship training position in a pathology laboratory, clinical physiology department or community health centre. With the majority of the course undertaken at your workplace, you will gain work-based skills through tailored on-the-job training designed to develop your portfolio of practical and professional capabilities.

Where it can take you

The course meets the training needs at Career Framework 4 for Healthcare Science Associates and, if you choose to continue your training development beyond the FdSc, will prepare you for progression onto the third year of our BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science. Graduates generally follow careers based in NHS laboratories, community clinics or research. Your knowledge, analytical skills and communication abilities could also lead you to other opportunities such as in clinical trials, drug regulatory work, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics and medical sales.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Principles in Healthcare Science
  • Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Anatomy and Physiology.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Scientific Practice
  • Professional Aspects of Healthcare Science.

Within key modules, there is some choice on offer, which enables you to align with Life Sciences, Physiological Sciences or Clinical Engineering and the related pathways.

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learning will be undertaken through a combination of workplace training, with specifically tailored and interactive innovative online learning resources. These will be delivered through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, as well as on-site at UWE Bristol for up to three five-day blocks per year. This will enable you to gain a wider variety of laboratory experience.

You will enhance your work-based skills during on-the-job training, which will be based on the appropriate professional competencies. The work-based training will be augmented with blended learning to ensure your understanding of the breadth of the application of science within your Healthcare Science Division and to enable you to apply this knowledge in practice.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

A large part of this course requires independent study, as learning is by distance and employers will be expected to provide you with protected study time.

Assessment

You will undertake a wide range of assessments. This will include portfolios of evidence, case-study based activities, production of reports, presentations and evidence of work-based learning, such as learning diaries with reflective commentaries.

You will also be offered a range of formative assessment opportunities throughout the course. In particular, there will be online tests that you can complete to enhance your knowledge and understanding, as well as to track your progress.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

The majority of your course will be through online and work-based learning, with up to three five-day block release periods a year spent at UWE Bristol in seminars, demonstrations and practical classes.

The department facilities are outstanding and feature state-of-the-art laboratories with the latest analytical equipment. In both the workplace and at the University, you will be taught, supported and mentored by leading healthcare science professionals. Along with work-based learning specifically tailored to developing professional competencies, you will benefit from Blackboard, our interactive learning environment for online tutorials, lectures and collaborative group work.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

FdSc Healthcare Science at UWE Bristol meets the training needs in line with Career Framework 4 for Healthcare Science Associates and, if you choose to continue your training development beyond the FdSc, will prepare you for progression onto the third year of our BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science. Graduates generally follow careers based in NHS laboratories, community clinics or research. Your knowledge, analytical skills and communication abilities could also lead you to other opportunities such as in clinical trials, drug regulatory work, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics and medical sales. There are also many options for further postgraduate studies in healthcare science. Graduates undertake Masters courses in order to build on their specialist knowledge, with some then considering a PhD.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read Drew's experience of studying FdSc Healthcare Science at UWE Bristol and how it enabled him to learn and earn at the same time.

Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee7500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)938

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)938

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: At least one A-Level (preferably Biology or Chemistry).
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Six units in Biology or Chemistry preferred.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits in a Science subject (Biology or Chemistry preferred).
  • Baccalaureate IB: Higher level Biology or Chemistry preferred.

Entry requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience, you will be considered on an individual basis. However, the requirements relating to GCSE English and Maths apply to all applicants.

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and be up-to- date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on the course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. if you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Life Science) course.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

For full-time applications, please apply through UCAS; if you wish to study part-time, please click on the Apply now button to complete our online application form.

Please see the general information about applications.

For further information

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