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University of Gloucestershire

Healthcare Science (Vascular Science) BSc (Hons)

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3 Years
Oxstalls, Gloucester

Course overview

Healthcare scientists are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS. The diagnostic tests that you perform, analyse and interpret will ensure patients have the correct diagnosis to ensure treatment pathways are accurate and lead to improvements in their quality of life.

Working within the demanding field of Vascular Science, Healthcare Scientists support the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of diseases of the blood vessels.

Vascular Science practitioners specifically work in a fast-paced, challenging and stimulating environment which combines the use of both traditional and innovative technologies in order to provide excellent patient care and clinical support. Enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are a vital part of the role.

Studying Vascular Science at University of Gloucestershire will give you access to leading expertise, facilities, and technology. You’ll have opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences that will nurture a rewarding career in vascular healthcare services. More importantly, once qualified, you’ll have the opportunity to work within an expanding field that positively impacts patients’ lives.

Study style

University of Gloucestershire has strong links to the NHS, hospitals and clinicians, which not only shape our curriculum but also ensure the skills you’re learning are fully relevant to the workplace. This course has specifically been developed in partnership with the professional body and national Vascular Scientist Leads.

On the course you will study a variety of healthcare science topics alongside your clinical placements. This provides you with invaluable experiences that use work-based application of the academic course content to develop your clinical skills and boost your ongoing career prospects.

The course is predominantly delivered as a distanced, blended learning programme with periodic face to face teaching being scheduled throughout the year. This model allows you the flexibility to plan your learning around your lifestyle and ensures 24/7 access to our on-line teaching materials.

There’s also a Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship (Vascular Science) BSc (Hons) available to study at University of Gloucestershire, providing a predominantly distanced, blended learning programme with periodic face-to-face teaching scheduled throughout the year.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels with one subject preferably in a science, DMM at BTEC to include 6 units in a Science or Social Science subject, or a Merit in your T-Level in a science or health-related subject.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • English Language and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic IELTS at 7.0 with no element below 6.5 in all sections of the test.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

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Fees and costs

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Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester B122 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester B122 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Th University aims to support the development of a sustainable local workforce to meet the staffing needs of the county’s health employers and beyond.

In addition, the Healthcare Science degree is closely linked with the workforce planning requirements for NHS Gloucestershire. As a result, we have close working relationships with local health, social care, charities and education providers, NHS and private, across the South West Region.

This supports a range of placements and contributes to the quality of the academic content.

Career opportunities are predominantly within the NHS but also can be secured within private sector organisations. Realistic NHS starting salary for a Healthcare Scientist is £24,214, with typical career earnings rising to £43,772.

Find out more about career opportunities in Healthcare Science.

Commitment to invest

We’ve recently remodeled our clinical skills laboratory spaces and fitted them with the latest healthcare science equipment. We’re also in the process of building a brand-new city-based campus in the heart of Gloucester to host our Health and Social Care courses.

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Specialist staff

We’ve been ranked by Ofsted as having outstanding teaching practice thanks to the diverse group of professionals who’ll teach you. They have lifelong experience working in the NHS and private sectors and who contribute to the quality of the teaching materials.

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Dedicated to your success

You’ll be guided by approachable and supportive academic tutors throughout the course, who aim to encourage you to develop independent learning skills. These will enable you to progress and gain the critical thinking skills necessary for success.

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Over the three-year course, you’ll spend a minimum of 50 weeks in a clinical setting. This practical experience will build your confidence and competence as a Healthcare Science professional.

While on placement, your ongoing development is a major focus, not just academically, but also personally and professionally. As such, all students have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted for additional support where needed. In addition, the following professional standards are threaded throughout the course to ensure that you acquire the behaviours expected of a healthcare science employee:

  • Professional practice – relating to patient-centred care, effective communication and partnership working and recognizing the limits of your professional role.
  • Clinical practice – which focuses on patient investigations and associated care pathways.
  • Scientific practice – including data interpretation and reporting, technical competency, and quality assurance.
  • Research, development, and innovation – encouraging research-based forward thinking and service improvement.
  • Clinical leadership – involving your personal development and how you support those around you.

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