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Transferring from health and social care to biological science.

So, I originally applied for university for Adult Nursing: as in my working life i am a rehabilitation support worker, specialising in stroke care in the NHS. However i failed my maths and was unable to take a resit in time. Due to my access course in science, i had enough credits for the university to enrol me onto health and social care BSc. However my career path and has always been focused on neurological disorders, diseases, and rehabilitation.

Now, ive come away from planning becoming a nurse, due to strain the pandemic but on myself and colleagues and would like to pursue more of a research/academic based career.

My question is, would the biological science BSc be a better option with better career prospects than health and social care BSc? & if anybody has faced an issue like this before, advice on the matter would be highly appreciated ๐Ÿ˜…
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Original post by Becky_EML
So, I originally applied for university for Adult Nursing: as in my working life i am a rehabilitation support worker, specialising in stroke care in the NHS. However i failed my maths and was unable to take a resit in time. Due to my access course in science, i had enough credits for the university to enrol me onto health and social care BSc. However my career path and has always been focused on neurological disorders, diseases, and rehabilitation.

Now, ive come away from planning becoming a nurse, due to strain the pandemic but on myself and colleagues and would like to pursue more of a research/academic based career.

My question is, would the biological science BSc be a better option with better career prospects than health and social care BSc? & if anybody has faced an issue like this before, advice on the matter would be highly appreciated ๐Ÿ˜…

Hi @Becky_EML

It is great you know what interests you and where you might like to go.

I can advise you from a Biological Sciences career point, but not Health and Social Care. If you have a Biological Sciences degree you have lots of options from going into research either academically or within industry (i.e. pharmaceutical company) or joining the NHS as a healthcare scientist directly working with patients or getting involved within labs. You could also work for specific companies/charities too as a communications officer to helping with other various advocacy work behind the scenes (you may be able to do this with Health and Social Care too).

My advice to you would be to have a look at the range of jobs that are out there in the field you are interested in and see what the jobs require in terms of degree and other skills. A great place to start would be the NHS website (https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/healthcare-science/roles-healthcare-science/physiological-sciences/neurophysiology) or scrolling through Indeed/LinkedIn seeing the type of jobs available. Also think about whether you want to be solely research based or whether you would still like some interaction with patients.

Lauren
(Student Ambassador)
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So can the person transfer from health and social care first year to biomedical?

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