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Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Healthcare Science (Biomedical Science)

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award FD (Science)
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?


This is an exciting course that allows you to combine theoretical learning with essential work-based study. Studying at the University on a part-time basis, it allows you to develop in your chosen profession, and gain skills highly relevant to the workplace. The Department of Biomedical Science and Physiology at the University of Wolverhampton has an established reputation for excellence in the field of healthcare science, as well as extensive contacts with hospitals, biomedical research laboratories, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, both at home and overseas.

The Foundation Degree in Healthcare Science (Biomedical Science) is intended to provide Assistant Practitioners with the necessary academic skills that underpin their career in pathology and laboratory medicine.

Students that undertake the FD Healthcare Science (Biomedical Science) will have the opportunity to develop their competencies in the theoretical and practical knowledge required to carry out laboratory investigations in NHS laboratories.

Successful completion of the course will enable graduates to explore further education and career opportunities, allowing transfer onto a related degree programme



What happens on the course?



This course will be delivered using a mixture of work-based learning and university taught modules covering a wide range of subjects in  the Healthcare  Life Sciences disciplines such as; human structure and function, the molecular basis of life, infection and immunity and the biology and investigation of disease.

You will develop effective practical techniques relevant to the pathology and laboratory medicine both at university and in the workplace.

You will also have the opportunity to develop effective study skills essential for study in higher education and to consider relevant aspects of professional practice.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths



Successful completion of this course will enable you to work as Associate Practitioner in a NHS laboratory. You will also be able to progress to further study required for careers as a practitioner in Healthcare Science

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!



  • Learn whilst you work
  • Flexible blended learning delivery
  • Enthusiastic team of tutors
  • Continuing professional development
  • Biomedical science theory and practical skills




You will be able to demonstrate that you understand disease presentation, diagnosis and treatment through studying underpinning scientific subjects and biomedical science specialist subjects, and you will understand how the human body functions normally and when diseased.

You will develop scientific, intellectual and practical skills to provide you with the ability to plan and carry out laboratory investigations in NHS laboratories.

Preparation for further undergraduate study will enable career progression to Practitioner Level in pathology and laboratory medicine.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3967 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £4066 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study


    • Y ou should be employed in an NHS laboratory
    • You should have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above
    • Appropriate NVQ/SVQ or other vocational awards
    • Other qualifications or relevant experience will be considered
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, go to:


The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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