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Healthcare Science - BSc (Hons) 

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 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 will 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.

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.

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 will be undertaken, as part of your work based training, will further encourage independent enquiry and critical analysis.

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.

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 Blackboard 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 1, 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’ which encourages students to contact staff for advice and guidance whenever they require it.


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.

Further information about career opportunities in Healthcare Science can be found here:

Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold the General Certificate of Secondary Education, with passes at Grade C or above in at least 4 subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics and Sciences.

At Advanced level, 3 A Levels (or equivalent) are normally required. The normal offer is 300 points. Subjects should include Biology and Chemistry both at grade B. Other qualifications of equivalent standard will normally be considered.
Examples are as follows:

  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma in Science (including Biology and Chemistry) with 300 points, provided GCSE requirements are met.
  • Scottish Advanced Higher to include 3 subjects as listed above.
  • Irish Learning Certificate: Highers to include Biology at grade A2, and a grade B1 in Chemistry
  • 300 points in the Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate (IB), with appropriate Science subjects.
  • Satisfactory completion of an Access course that includes a major component of the basic Sciences: 48 credits with merits at level 3 with 15 credits each at level 3 in biology and chemistry is required with distinction.
  • 300 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BB at A level equivalent within a science subject, at grade C.
  • Successful completion of Foundation in Health Sciences with overall pass grade of 70%

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

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

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

Candidates 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.

Applicants who satisfy the academic requirements will be recruited onto the course following a competitive interview with a panel of employers and academic staff: offers will be made to candidates assessed as ‘fit for placement’. Criteria will include their awareness of and expectations from the course and career aspirations in relation to Healthcare Science. The number of places offered for this programme will be dependent upon  Workforce, Education Development Services (NHS Wales)future workforce planning.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a UCAS application form and formal interview. All students are required to undergo criminal record CRB) screening and health screening including immunization to meet the requirements of the NHS.

Key Facts

Health Education England (HEE), The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

UCAS Code(s): B130

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time (with extended academic year to incorporate work-based training elements).

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & 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 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
  • £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 NLIAH publication entitled ‘Financial Help for Students’ which can be found at the following address:

Additionally, students are advised to visit the NHS Wales website for further information and useful contact details:

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dee Ripley:
Tel: 029 2041 6849

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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