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Healthcare Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Full-time: UCAS; Part-time: University
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
Two years full-time; three to four years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Victoria Davenport
Key fact:
If you're an NHS Healthcare Science Associate or Apprentice, this course is for you. You'll go straight into the third year of our accredited FdSc Healthcare Science is specifically for NHS Healthcare Science Associates and Apprentices so you can go on to third year BSc(Hons) Healthcare.

Page last updated 21 September 2018


Why study healthcare science?

Healthcare scientists play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, and in rehabilitation.

Rapid advances in technology mean healthcare science is now one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding areas in the NHS.

With a base of knowledge in healthcare science, you can progress from Associate to Practitioner, or go on to further study.

Why UWE Bristol?

FdSc Healthcare Science at UWE Bristol draws on our unique links with NHS providers in England and Wales.

Offering a clear pathway to follow as a healthcare science associate, you'll get professional training and career development, through a mix of work-based learning, online modules and block sessions at University.

The flexible format means you can study with minimal disruption to your work and apply what you learn straight away in your role.

To join, you need to be working as a trainee healthcare science associate or have secured a Higher Apprenticeship training position in an NHS laboratory (life sciences), clinical physiology or medical engineering department.

Where can it take me?

The course meets the training requirements of the NHS Career Framework 4 for Healthcare Science Associates.

That means, once you finish, you can go straight into year three of one of our BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science courses  -Life Science, Physiological Sciencesor Clinical Engineering depending on your existing area of work.

Graduates generally go on to work in NHS laboratories, community clinics or research.

Your knowledge and skills will also be applicable in areas such as clinical trials, drug regulation, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics or medical sales.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study:

  • Principles in Healthcare Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology.

Plus, one pathway from:

Life Sciences

  • Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Scientific Basis of Life.

Physiological Sciences

  • Scientific Basis of Life
  • Introduction to Physiological Sciences and Patient Care.

Clinical Engineering

  • Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Scientific Basis of Engineering.

Medical Physics

  • Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Scientific Basis of Medical Physics.

Year two

You will study:

  • Scientific Practice
  • Professional Aspects of Healthcare Science.

Plus, one pathway from:

Life Sciences

  • Advanced Life Sciences
  • Applied Life Sciences.

Physiological Sciences

  • Pathophysiological Sciences A
  • Pathophysiological Sciences B.

Clinical Engineering

  • Advanced Clinical Engineering
  • Applied Clinical Engineering.

Medical Physics

  • Advanced Medical Physics
  • Applied Medical Physics.

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through on-the-job training, with tailored, interactive online learning resources.

Complete modules remotely on Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, as well as on-site at UWE Bristol for up to three five-day blocks a year.

Get first-hand practical laboratory experience.

Enhance your work-based skills with training that's based on the professional competencies you need in your role.

Apply the knowledge you gain in practice while you study.

Online learning resources will deepen your understanding of how science is used in your particular Healthcare Science Division.

At work and university, you'll be taught, supported and mentored by leading healthcare science professionals and research scientists.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

A large part of this course requires independent study, as you'll be learning online. Your employer will be contracted to give you one day a week of study time.


We'll use a mixture of assessments including portfolios of evidence, case-study based activities, reports, presentations and evidence of work-based learning, such as learning diaries with reflective commentaries.

There'll also be online tests you can complete to enhance your knowledge and understanding, and track your progress.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Study facilities

Most of the course takes place online and at your work. You'll also come to UWE Bristol for three five-day blocks a year, to participate in seminars and practical classes.

Make use of our extensive specialist facilities, including a state-of-the-art simulation suite, science and physiology labs and an engineering hanger.

Learn remotely through Blackboard, our interactive learning environment for online tutorials, lectures and collaborative group work.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

FdSc Healthcare Science at UWE Bristol meets the training requirements of the NHS Career Framework 4 for Healthcare Science Associates.

You will automatically role onto the third year BSc to get an accredited Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) degree in Life Science, Physiological Sciences or Clinical Engineering, depending on your existing career.

Graduates generally follow careers in NHS laboratories, community clinics or research. Your knowledge and skills could also lead you into other areas, such as clinical trials, drug regulatory work, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics or medical sales.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C/4 or above 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.

Read more about entry requirements.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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