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I recently applied for healthcare science but think biomedical science looks more interesting as my healthcare science courses are cardiac and respiratory related. However, I have seen in order to become a biomedical scientist healthcare science degree is better? The healthcare science course at mmu and uni of leeds doesn’t HCPC but i’m not 100% sure. Uclan does however. Does this mean not all healthcare science courses have a HCPC?
BSc(Hons) Healthcare Sciences (Psychological Sciences) is almost identical academically to the BSc Biomedical Science degree, however, the main difference is that the placement element (50 weeks over three years).
We used to offer Bsc(Hons) Healthcare Sciences (Life Scienes) which previously led into HCPC registration.
We do not offer Bsc(Hons) Healthcare Sciences (Life Scienes) anymore and you will need to look at the BSc(Hons) Biomedical Scientist route.
I hope this helps!
BSc(Hons) Healthcare Sciences (Psychological Sciences) is almost identical academically to the BSc Biomedical Science degree, however, the main difference is that the placement element (50 weeks over three years) allows students to complete the IBMS portfolio so that at the end of the degree you are eligible to apply for HCPC registration and to practice as a Biomedical Scientist.
In the first year, the Healthcare Science students study a unit called Skills for Healthcare Science which prepares students for hospital practice (ethical practice, professionalism, auditing etc). This unit is not studied by Biomedical Science students.
In the third year, the Healthcare Science students study a unit called Professional and Evidence-Based Practice which follows in preparing students for hospital practice. This unit is not studied by Biomedical Science students.
In summary, if you do the BSc Healthcare Science degree, thereby completing your IBMS portfolio during the three years, you will eligible for HCPC registration and therefore can practice as a Biomedical Scientist after three years of study.
I hope this helps!
thanks for your response , I’m just a bit confused because I thought the Healthcare science degree your uni offers was to become a physiologist?
We are deeply sorry for for the confusion, there was defeintly some miss communication between the posts. I have edited my post above to reflect this. Apologies again!
We used to offer BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science with different routes including Life Sciences and Cardiology , however both of these courses have been discontinued. We now offer BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Psyclogical Scineces).
Yes, our BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Psyclogical Scineces) course is acredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, this healthcare science degree will give you everything you need to be a professional in the physiological sciences. Once you’ve finished, you’ll be qualified to register as a clinical healthcare scientist in the physiological sciences.
Our BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science course, is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology.
In order to work as a Biomedical Scientist within hospitals, successful graduates would first need to complete their IBMS registration portfolio (typically takes a further 12 months) in a suitable hospital department (e.g. as a trainee biomedical scientist). The 3 year BMS degree does not allow completion of a portfolio within that time period, so a trainee position would need to be found to qualify as a Biomedical Scientist.
However, we do offer a BSc(Hons) Applied Biomedical Science placement specialist degree route which provides the opportunity to complete a 48-week placement in an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved training laboratory and work towards completion of the IBMS Registration Portfolio.
The Applied Biomedical Science placement route is not a course you need to apply to separately, it is a route within the BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science course. This means you will apply for the 3 year BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science course and you will notify your programme lead/course tutor you wish to go onto the Applied Biomedical Science placement route once you have started the course.
Graduates from the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science specialist degree route will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Biomedical Scientist.
If you are looking to become a Biomedical Scientist, information can be found here: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...edical-science
Apologies again! I hope this has managed to clear it up for you
Ring MMU and chat to them about their Biomedical Science course with a NHS placement.