Widening access to a career in healthcare science

Widening access to a career in healthcare science
28 Jan 2010 17:54:36.280

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A fulfilling career in the healthcare industry will no longer be the sole preserve of students with a science background thanks to a new course at The University of Nottingham.

The School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health has announced a Foundation Course leading to a new degree, a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science. The School already offers a "€˜fast-track"€™ graduate medical degree, where students from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds train to be doctors. The new Healthcare courses are designed to widen access to higher education and meet the needs of the NHS and other employers for graduate-level employees in Healthcare Science.

Based in a state-of-the-art building next to the Derby City General Hospital, the School is inviting applications for 15 places on the one-year Foundation Course starting in September 2009. The course is designed to offer an entry route into the BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science to students who do not hold the traditional entry qualifications for direct entry into Year 1 of the University"€™s science degree programme. It"€™s aimed at applicants who have at least five GCSEs including a science subject, as well as A levels but in subjects not usually accepted for direct entry. Additionally mature applicants with other qualifications or relevant work experience will be considered.

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The School says special consideration will be given to applicants from socially-disadvantaged or ethnic minority groups, or from those who would be the first member of their family to go to university.

During the Foundation Course, students will be expected to attain A level knowledge of subjects that are essential to the study of Healthcare Science and the understanding of the function of the human body.  Students will be taught using a wide range of teaching and learning styles by a dedicated university teacher and other members of academic staff in the School, in small classes of no more than 15 students. In addition, the foundation year will include teaching in study skills and exam technique, to help prepare students for the honours degree course.  All students will have a personal tutor to provide pastoral support and guide their academic learning.

The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science is aimed at producing graduates who could enter a number of disciplines within the NHS or with other employers. Potential careers include Haematology, Immunology, Genetics, Microbiology, Embryology and Pathology. In the first year, there will be a focus on more in-depth understanding of body systems and population health.  As second years, students will study further core modules in basic science, social sciences and medical ethics, but will also be able to choose from a number of optional modules in both laboratory and non-laboratory based healthcare science disciplines.  In the final year, students will study more specialist modules, research methods and statistics, and will undertake a research project, either laboratory or non-laboratory based.

Announcing the new courses, Head of the School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health, Professor Richard Donnelly, said: "€œThis course provides an exciting opportunity for individuals to come to one of the UK's top universities and to study at the forefront of healthcare science in preparation for a career in the NHS or the wider healthcare industry."

A more detailed description of the courses, requirements and application process is available on the School"€™s website at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mhs/gem/undergraduate/index.php

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Notes to Editors:

The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation "€” School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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