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    Hey guys, I applied and got accepted to study biomedical science at Cardiff met. Although yesterday got an email allowing me to switch to a new course 'healthcare science' which is COMPLETELY FREE! although this seems as if i would be restricted to only work in the NHS.
    plus i was wondering, if i make the switch, can i keep biomedical science as my insurance iffer..
    Any advice/experience welcome
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    http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore...hcare-science/
    Read that it should tell you alot but basically its a vocational degree which will lead u into a job as a band 5 healthcare practitioner rather than biomed which maybe abit more varied but doesn't have a direct career path
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    (Original post by jboulton328)
    Hey guys, I applied and got accepted to study biomedical science at Cardiff met. Although yesterday got an email allowing me to switch to a new course 'healthcare science' which is COMPLETELY FREE! although this seems as if i would be restricted to only work in the NHS.
    plus i was wondering, if i make the switch, can i keep biomedical science as my insurance iffer..
    Any advice/experience welcome
    Before you make any decisions I strongly suggest that you read "Modernising Scientific Careers". Its a Department of Health document you can easily find on their website, and within there is a flow-chart which displays the career pathway for a healthcare scientist.

    Edit: Here's a direct link, https://www.gov.uk/government/upload.../dh_113990.pdf
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    From what I can see on the Cardiff website this is a new route to become a Biomedical Scientist. It also looks that as the Uni is working with NHS Wales, the cost is being swallowed by them.

    As the degree will offer registration with the HCPC, this is the route that you would use to become a registered BMS. Whilst you will initially be working in the NHS, which still has its benefits such as pension, you will be able to transfer later into the private sector.

    If, however you are thinking that you would like to work in research rather than as a BMS then I would suggest that you consider a different degree that will better serve your career.
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    Hello.

    I had a place for BSc Biomedical Science, this September. But since finding out what I have I have asked to be switched to the Healthcare science degree.

    Basically if your Biomedical science degree is not applied it does not include a placement year (Which is needed to register as a BMS after graduation - if not more training needed) - The healthcare science degree puts you in the same pay band (In the NHS after graduation as a trainee BMS or in a specialist route I.e. Microbiology)
    It is under new government changes that this degree has been created - there is a new NHS training programme after graduation called the STP which takes on people with biomedical science degrees etc as a trainee in their specialism, however the healthcare science one will now be much more desired.

    I think its the same across the board but mine includes a year of placement in 10 week, 15 weeks, and 25 week blocks throughout the 3 years so it amounts to roughly a year.
    It is normally registered by the IBMS + HCPC (have a look at their websites) and means that you can qualify to work in hospitals as a trainee straight away...
    Their is different routes you can take in the degree (Cardiac route, microbiology etc)

    Basically I think the standard Biomedical science degree is going to fizzle out and be replaced by this, it looks rather promising.

    Technically you will be doing the same job, its just a new degree which is going to become more desirable under the governments new changes.

    Plus if you decide to do a more research based job you can always try and get posts in this, and take up Research based MScs after graduation - and do a masters at Uni in whichever discipline you have found to enjoy in Uni. and then apply for different jobs, I think it is more based to work in the NHS afterwards but after training (A few years) and you get the skills You need you could basically apply to anywhere, BUPA, Veterinary based jobs - With Your specialism.

    Hope this helps, probably a bit jumbled xx
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    (Original post by xCharlotteFx)
    Hello.

    I had a place for BSc Biomedical Science, this September. But since finding out what I have I have asked to be switched to the Healthcare science degree.

    Basically if your Biomedical science degree is not applied it does not include a placement year (Which is needed to register as a BMS after graduation - if not more training needed) - The healthcare science degree puts you in the same pay band (In the NHS after graduation as a trainee BMS or in a specialist route I.e. Microbiology)
    It is under new government changes that this degree has been created - there is a new NHS training programme after graduation called the STP which takes on people with biomedical science degrees etc as a trainee in their specialism, however the healthcare science one will now be much more desired.

    I think its the same across the board but mine includes a year of placement in 10 week, 15 weeks, and 25 week blocks throughout the 3 years so it amounts to roughly a year.
    It is normally registered by the IBMS + HCPC (have a look at their websites) and means that you can qualify to work in hospitals as a trainee straight away...
    Their is different routes you can take in the degree (Cardiac route, microbiology etc)

    Basically I think the standard Biomedical science degree is going to fizzle out and be replaced by this, it looks rather promising.

    Technically you will be doing the same job, its just a new degree which is going to become more desirable under the governments new changes.

    Plus if you decide to do a more research based job you can always try and get posts in this, and take up Research based MScs after graduation - and do a masters at Uni in whichever discipline you have found to enjoy in Uni. and then apply for different jobs, I think it is more based to work in the NHS afterwards but after training (A few years) and you get the skills You need you could basically apply to anywhere, BUPA, Veterinary based jobs - With Your specialism.

    Hope this helps, probably a bit jumbled xx
    Oh thank you this was sooo helpful. I think I understand it better now than before

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    (Original post by LaetitiaAaronK)
    Oh thank you this was sooo helpful. I think I understand it better now than before

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    Hi there..
    I got an admission in M.Sc. biomedical science Cardiff metropolitan university and it starts next September 2014 as I had completed that B.V.Sc.and now doing master science at medical physiology and within few upcoming 6 months, I will be qualified with M.Sc. I was wondering Is that really good to get reregistration in BMS?? and working in NHS after postgraduate, Is there any prospectus and how it can proceed with ????
    Could I do that graduate entry into medicine that such fast track into medicine or what to do ? any advices you can get me through it ... I will be grateful of you all .
    kind regards
 
 
 
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