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.
The professionally accredited BSc Healthcare Science degree at Cardiff Met 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 Healthcare Science degree 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.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
Due to this programme being NHS funded and therefore limited places being available which may fluctuate each year, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.
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 Moodle 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 one, 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’ that encourages students to contact staff for advice and guidance whenever they require it.
Students are also allocated a work-based training tutor. This member of staff will be one of our HCPC registered lecturers and will provide additional support to students whilst they are out on placement.
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.
Successful completion of the Healthcare Science programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University will allow graduates to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should have GCSEs at Grade C or above in at least five subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics* and Sciences (or grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). Applicants 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.
Our typical offers will include:
120 points from at least 3 A levels to include 2 x B grades, which must include Biology and one other Science. A minimum B grade at AS level Chemistry is also required.
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) DDD
120 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include 2 x C grades including Biology and one other Science. A C grade at Higher Chemistry is also required.
120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate to include 2 x H2 Highers including Biology, and a grade H4 in Chemistry (minimum H4 grade considered for other Higher subjects)
Access to Higher Education Diploma that includes a major component of the basic Sciences: to include 15 Distinctions in both Biology and Chemistry credits, and Merits from the remaining level 3 credits
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.