- Our typical offer is:
which must include Biology or Chemistry.
- We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
Potential employers include the NHS, medical research institutions, clinical laboratories, drug companies and molecular biology companies.
You will have completed a compulsory 40-week placement in NHS pathology departments, which are obvious sources of potential employment.
Your experience and skills will also give you an edge in applying for any jobs where a strong science background is an advantage.
Blood Science / Cellular Science / Infection Science / Genetic Science
If you switch to this degree you will be well-prepared to apply for roles as a healthcare scientist within the NHS. Our course provides significant amounts of work-based learning, with compulsory unpaid placements amounting to 10 weeks in Year 1, 15 weeks in Year 2 and 25 weeks in Year 3.
NHS salaries for staff working in healthcare science range from around £21,000 to around £80,000 per year. At an entry level, the work involves obtaining diagnostic data from patients and working as part of a multidisciplinary team that also includes doctors, nurses and radiographers.