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BSc (Hons) Health Care Science Practitioner

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Five years part time

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Health Care Science Practitioner degree at Liverpool John Moores University enables you to study part time over five years while working in industry.

  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Stepping stone to a career as a Biomedical Scientist
  • Part time programme studied over five years
  • Ideally suited to those working in a training accredited laboratory
  • Lively department with excellent teaching and active research
  • Learn more about Degree Apprenticeships​

"Apprentices will receive continuous support from their dedicated personal tutor throughout the course"

Dr Jo Foulkes, Programme Leader

Work-related learning

​Students will work in an accredited laboratory and will complete work-based learning throughout the duration of their studies. You will complete your portfolio of competence while studying and will be assessed during the Hospital Practice 1 and Hospital Practice 2 modules.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

Being able to discuss course-related issues, particularly in your first year, is crucial and for this reason you will receive different kinds of support for specific aspects of your course. A personal tutor will provide continuous support for the duration of your time at LJMU, meeting you regularly and setting up one-to-one progress review meetings to monitor and help improve your work.

You will be allocated a Clinical Placement Facilitator who will visit you in your workplace. Finally, once you reach your final year, a supervisor will guide you through your research project.

Course details

The development of advanced laboratory skills are integral to this fascinating BSc Honours degree.

As a Biomedical Science student, you will cover the broad areas of human bioscience and diagnostic science, including medical microbiology, immunology, histology, haematology, medical genetics and cancer, alongside basic sciences such as biochemistry, physiology, molecular and cell biology.

​Laboratory work is an important part of this course, giving you the high-level skills and understanding required of a Biomedical Scientist by the time you graduate.

What you will study on this degree

Level 4

  • Biomedical Skills
  • Cell Biology
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Biomedical Science
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
  • Microbiology

Level 5

  • Biomedical Research Methods
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Immunology and Infection
  • Histology and Physiology
  • Blood Cell Science
  • Hospital Practice 1

Level 6

  • Research Project
  • Study of Disease 1
  • Study of Disease 2
  • Study of Disease 3
  • Hospital Practice 2

​The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

​Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory work and tutorials. Some of your time will be spent in supervised laboratory work with your employer, supported by one-to-one tutorials and small group meetings with your clinical placement facilitator at the university.

You will usually spend one full day at Liverpool John Moores University per week. You will also be expected to spend time in private study, and in integrating your theory with practical knowledge through your work place.

In addition to the excellent facilities and learning resources, you'll get support on both sides of the learning experience, having dedicated workplace based LJMU trained mentors and from university tutors to provide developmental and pastoral support.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

​Our highly motivated and qualified staff work hard to ensure the School remains at the forefront of modern research and teaching. They are actively involved with national professional bodies, Higher Education Academy projects and National Curriculum developments, as well as engaging in their own continual professional development and research. Current interests include cancer, toxicology and liver function and disease which all feed into the course content; they are even currently researching the factors that affect student success.

Furthermore, the course provides opportunities to meet inspirational practitioners who will give an insider’s view of working in the field of biomedical science.

Assessment and feedback

​Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework. Exams may be multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning or essay-based. Some modules assess practical competence and you will be required to complete a portfolio demonstrating competence to practice.

Coursework assessments may include phase tests, practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays, portfolios or the evaluation of your practical skills and most are based on individual assignments. Feedback is normally provided within three weeks of submitting coursework and may be via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

End Point Assessment

Prior to completion of the programme, students will be required to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA), during which you apply the learning and skills developed during the apprenticeship. The EPA will consist of three components which will be assessed by an independent assessor. The three components are a Readiness for Practice situational judgement test, a Professional Discussion based on the apprentice’s portfolio or record of evidence and a presentation and review of the apprentice’s research project.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

​All applicants must be employed within the National Health Service. 

GCSE and equivalents

Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 not including General Studies
  • Subject specific requirements: Chemistry and/or Biology or relevant science. Offers may include a specified grade in a related science.
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must include relevant science. Overall Merit required.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: Specific Grades in Science will be required

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points including relevant science
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required


7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.


If your company is an apprenticeship levy paying organisation, the course can be funded through your digital apprenticeship account. If your company does not pay the apprenticeship levy, the course may be eligible for government co-investment.

For information on fees and finance please contact: degreeapprenticeships@ljmu.ac.uk

Career prospects

The BSc (Hons) Health Care Science Practitioner will provide you with the opportunity to pursue a career as a Biomedical Scientist working for the NHS in the UK.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Professional accreditation / links

​The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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