2022/23 entry

BSc (Hons) Health Care Science Practitioner

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Part time

Course Duration:

5 years



Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Health Care Science Practitioner at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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​

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.

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.

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

Dr Jo Foulkes, Programme Leader

Professional accreditation/links

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

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


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.

Health Care Science Practitioner

Health Care Science Practitioner

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.

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What you will study on this degree

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Biomedical Skills
20 credits

This module provides a foundation in basic methodology, data handling, IT, laboratory techniques and study and transferable skills, including teamwork.

Cell Biology
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a fundamental introduction to cellular biology and the manner in which the functions of individual cells contribute to the overall function of a tissue in health and disease.

Principles of Biochemistry
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an education in the fundamental biochemical processes which occur in the cell. This will be underpinned by a thorough introduction into the relevant molecular biology of DNA, proteins and lipids.

Introduction to Biomedical Science
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce the work of clinical laboratories and recent developments of relevance to biomedical scientists.

Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
20 credits

This module provides an introduction to the major anatomical and physiological systems which underpin the study of Biomedical Science and an introduction to the study of human genetics.

20 credits

This module aims to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge about microorganisms and their activities, which will provide a foundation for microbiology-related modules at levels 5 and 6.

Level 5

Core modules

Biomedical Research Methods
20 credits

The aim of this module is to equip you with essential research skills and knowledge of methods and techniques that are routinely applied in biomedical research.

Clinical Biochemistry
20 credits

This module will provide an introduction into how biochemical markers can investigate the function and dysfunction of systems, organs and tissues and how this is applied to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Immunology and Infection
20 credits

This module provides an introduction to the practical and theoretical concepts of medical microbiology and immunology. It will also provide an understanding of the principles and practices involved in the laboratory diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in humans.

Histology and Physiology
20 credits

This module aims to develop knowledge of, and practical skills in, histology and to inform you of the basic physiology of the endocrine and nervous systems and to introduce the topic of reproductive science.

Blood Cell Science
20 credits

This module provides an opportunity to increase and develop your understanding of the principles and practice of Haematology and Transfusion Science, haematological disorders and malignancies to develop practical skills in Haematology and Transfusion Science.

Hospital Practice 1
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce the concepts of professional autonomy and accountability and to create an awareness of professional relationships within the hospital laboratory environment. You will develop the basic skills required for the application of practice as a Biomedical Scientist.

Level 6

Core modules

Research Project
40 credits

The Research Project will equip you with the necessary transferable skills to investigate a research topic and present it using appropriate methods of scientific communication.

Hospital Practice 2
20 credits

This module provides you with the laboratory skills required to practice as a registered Biomedical Scientist and to audit, reflect and review practice.

Study of Disease 1
20 credits

This module explores mechanisms for the initiation of atherosclerosis along with identifying relevant risk factors. You will also examine the effective use of statins and anti-platelet therapy. This will be underpinned by detailing laboratory diagnostic tests and current research into atherosclerosis.

Study of Disease 2
20 credits

This module will provide you with comprehensive biochemistry, physiology and pathology of the liver and the digestive tract to provide details of the diagnostic tests available for investigation of liver and digestive disorders including its treatment, explore the genetic basis of liver and gastrointestinal disorders and introduce the concept of genetic counselling and therapy.

Study of Disease 3
20 credits

This module provides an integrated knowledge of human pathological processes of the renal and respiratory system and the laboratory methods used to study disease, including the genetic basis of disease where appropriate and the use of bioinformatics.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, seminars, online activities, 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.

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.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Jo Foulkes

Dr Jo Foulkes

Programme Leader

Dr Foulkes gained her first degree, a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science, from the University of Bradford. She went on to work as a Biomedical Scientist, during which time she gained masters degrees in both Pathological Sciences and Molecular Biology. She then undertook a PhD in Geomicrobiology and Geochemistry at the University of Manchester. Jo worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, investigating engineered biofilm formation, antibiotic production and chemical transformations. She joined LJMU in 2012 as a Lecturer in Virology and Microbiology. She teaches across a range of programmes, including Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Pharmacy and Biology.

"The programme is ideally suited to those working in a training accredited laboratory who wish to become a Biomedical Scientist"


What you can expect from your School

You will study at the Byrom Street site in the university’s City Campus in the heart of Liverpool. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces will ensure you enjoy a first-class study environment. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • 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
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

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
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 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


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

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

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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.