You must meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded within the last five years (including year of application).

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Citizens of the UK, EU or EEA or individuals with indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom.


Entry Criteria: 2018

GCSEs or equivalent

Eight subjects graded A* to C
English Language and Maths are required to be a minimum grade B.
Subjects  To include English Language, Maths and Science (either singular subjects or combined).

If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage. However, we are unable to accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths in lieu of GCSEs. You are required to provide details of all academic study prior to your current course of study, including certificates.

A Levels or equivalent

A levels  
Grades BBB
Subjects Biology or Human Biology is a required subject, plus two other subjects.
General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted.
AS Levels are not considered for this course.
A2 resits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.
Modular resits will also be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.                             

Adjusted criteria

(2018 entry)

If you attend a non-selective state school or college in England, you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard.

You must meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements

Please see our Healthcare Science eligibility flowchart (PDF)
Check our eligible schools/colleges list for 2018 entry (PDF)



Other qualifications  
Birkbeck College
Certificate in Life
70 per cent overall, with 70 per cent in parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Biology modules.
Advanced GNVQ  AGNVQ Science at distinction.
Biology or Human Biology A Level (A2) at grade B.
National Diploma
National Diploma in Science, overall grades distinction, distinction, distinction.
Biology or Human Biology A Level (A2) at grade B.
Advanced Diploma  Society, Health and Development at grade B, or Sport and Active Leisure at grade B.
Supplemented by Additional and Specialist Learning: A Level (A2) Biology or Human Biology at grade B.
Open University  120 units at Level 1 and 2.
Level 1: Exploring Science module, 60 units. (Last offering at OU is Feb 2016)
Level 2: Human Biology module, 30 units.
Any other module, 30 units.
All results must be verified by 1 September of the year of entry.
Scottish Highers  Three at Advanced Higher Level at BBB including Biology or Human Biology.
Irish Leaving Certificate Five Highers at B2, B2, B2, B2, B2 to include English, Maths and Biology or Human Biology (achieved in one sitting).

English language

If English is not your first language and you have not sat an GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below.  The test is valid for a period of two years.
GCSE / IGCSE English Language grade B or above.
IELTS  (International English Language Testing System)
7.0 overall (including 7.0 in written and speaking element and a minimum score of 6.5 in the reading and listening element)*
Pearson’s Test  67 overall (including 67 in written element, and no section less than 61)*
Additional requirements
*If you have sat the examination more than twice in one year you will not be considered.

Other essential criteria

Work experience Work or voluntary experience in a social care, medical or health related field.
For further information please visit Taste of Medicine.
Personal statement Should demonstrate an awareness of clinical physiology and an interest in a clinical career.
Health and police screening Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.
Professional registration  If you belong to a registered professional body, please provide details at interview.

Voluntary and work experience

You should have work or voluntary experience in a medical or health related field and be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of healthcare science. We consider anything that involves working directly with patients or people in need of care as relevant. Although clinical experience is useful, your work experience does not have to take place in a hospital. It can be paid or voluntary. We prefer hands on work experience to shadowing. Working in a care home, hospice or doing community work with disabled adults or children are considered very relevant.

We don't specify a minimum amount of work experience and although you can use experiences from your past, we'd always recommend that you include your most recent experience.

Health and police screening

We have an obligation to both patients and to the individual students, so if you are accepted onto a healthcare course you are required to pass occupational health screening. If you are concerned about a health issue you are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course includes working with children and vulnerable adults so you must have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this will be sent to you as part of the admissions process.

Professional registration

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If your professional registration has been suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.


If you have studied but not completed a degree at an alternative university or are re-applying on the basis of A Levels, you must provide formal evidence as to why you withdrew from your studies previously. We will review each application on a case by case basis; however, we are not able to consider you if you have been suspended from previous studies due to fitness to practice issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

The following qualifications may enhance your application, but will not contribute to the minimum requirements:

  • NVQs
  • Massage courses
  • Sports Coaching degree, unless you have Biology A Level in addition
  • ITEC Anatomy and Physiology
  • Some international qualifications (to be assessed on application)

Last Updated: Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:56