Undergraduate study
Health Sciences (with Foundation Year)

Health Sciences (with Foundation Year)*
Cert HE

C992 CertHE/HScFY

 
 
 

Course overview

This Cert HE Health Sciences (with Foundation Year) course can help you with any future UCAS application** you make to study a course in our Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions leading to eligibility for professional registration.**Please check the full entry criteria, including any Level 2 (for example, GCSE) requirements, for your chosen pre-registration course. This Cert HE is designed to help you with your UCAS application for a place on your chosen pre-registration course in a health profession, but completing the Cert HE does not in itself guarantee a place on a pre-registration course. Offers are made to eligible candidates on a competitive basis following a selection process.

You develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to help your application for a place on a course such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic practice, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography.Your Cert HE also gives you access to most of our undergraduate courses in Life & Physical Sciences and Crime, Forensics & Investigative Sciences.

For some courses, your Cert HE enables you to apply for entry to the second year of study. This is possible for the following courses:
• BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
• BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
• BSc (Hons) Food Science and Engineering
• BSc (Hons) Health Sciences
• BSc (Hons) Human Biology

By studying nutrition, physiology and epidemiology, you explore how humans change over the lifespan, adapt to external stressors, and how lifestyle can have an impact on health over an individual’s lifespan. You research and identify potential therapeutic and clinical strategies to reduce the effect of these risk factors on disease states.You develop skills for employability including good laboratory practice, control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) assessments, health and safety policies, Human Tissues Act, quality assurance and patient care. You also develop transferable skills including verbal and poster presentations, written reports, independent research and team working skills.

This course includes an integrated foundation year – ideal if you need additional preparation in the fundamental sciences and/or if you haven’t sufficient tariff points to join Level 4 (Year 1) of the Cert HE directly.

* Subject to University approval

 

Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

An introduction to Anatomy and Pathophysiology

This core module gives you the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as part of your foundation year. It focuses on the concept of homeostasis – how all systems work in harmony. The content is delivered using a systems approach across a range of body systems.

Big Data

Big data – it’s a phrase that a lot of people would argue is overused, or at least not always used in the appropriate context. So what is it really? How is it made and how do we make sense of it?

In this module you learn how big data is not just abundant but a growing field in so many aspects of our society from policing and conservation to health and bioinformatics. You explore how groups and communities use and share big data to help keep themselves safe in disaster zones around the world. You begin to value the role data plays in helping to make sense of community relationships in society, from uncovering criminal networks, tracking disease outbreaks to developing a deeper understanding of our ecology.

Data might end up in a data-frame spreadsheet format but it doesn’t begin there. It is often created with people and animals engaging with each other and technology. You explore how search engines collate and store the data we need to help make predictions, enhance decision making, or simply to better understand society’s needs.

Chemical Science and the Environment

This module provides an overview of fundamental concepts in chemistry and their application in the context of environmental and life sciences

Chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactivity of elements and compounds, and plays a key role in all physical, life and applied sciences. The topics covered include the structure of the atom, the periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical reactivity, environmental science, biogeochemistry, pollution, green chemistry and climate change.

Experimental Methods for Life Science

This module is based around a series of laboratory sessions. The first sessions emphasise important foundation skills, such as how to work safely in a practical environment and how to properly document practical work. These are followed by a series of sessions based on your wider academic interests including the basics of microscopy, handling microorganisms, safe handling food, using volumetric glassware and investigating acid base titrations.

Global Grand Challenges

This module focuses on how science can help address some of the biggest global Grand Challenges that face society. This reflects the University’s focus on externally facing research that makes a real, practical difference to the lives of people and the success of businesses and economies.

You work on a project in a group, to enabling you to develop innovative answers to some of the biggest issues of our time based on five thematic areas – health and wellbeing, resilient and secure societies, digital and creative economy, sustainable environments and learning for the 21st century.

Introduction to Health Sciences

You build a foundation of science knowledge applicable to healthcare, within a health and social care arena. You learn through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures to provide the core underpinning knowledge, seminars, group work, and role play to develop your knowledge and understanding.

 

Year 1 core modules

Anatomy and Physiology

This module provides you with a basic knowledge of human anatomy and develops your ability to relate this knowledge to the mechanisms associated with controlling and regulating physiological processes of the major organs of the body. This module develops contexts of applied knowledge such as constructing biological profiles for human identification including sex, age at death, stature determination and biological affinity.

Application of Health Sciences

You study the breadth of health science, clinical and non-clinical support services within the National Health Service in the delivery of high- quality, person-centred care.

You learn through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures to provide the core underpinning knowledge, seminars, group work, and role play to develop your knowledge, understanding and confidence.

Service user/carer involvement provides you with a valuable insight into personal experience of current healthcare provision.

Biochemistry and Chemical Science

You cover the most important principles of biochemistry, including the structure of the atom, chemical bonding and the forces that operate between molecules, chemical reactions and biological pathways appropriate to life science and biomedical science disciplines. This involves study of the chemistry of carbon, and why this element is capable of forming the complex 3D modules that make life possible. Important groups of biological molecules will be studied in detail, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.

You learn through taught and tutorial activities. Active learning and in-class interaction is encouraged by the use of modern tools, such as those available on smartphones and tablets. Practical aspects of the module is delivered in laboratory-based sessions. As well as providing valuable lab experience, these practicals reinforce the links between theory and practice.

Biological Methods

Life sciences is a multifaceted field drawing on knowledge and understanding from the molecular level to whole organisms and ecosystems. Biologists must be able to work in teams, drawing on this vast knowledge to solve problems in the field. In this module, you work in teams to solve a biologically relevant problem, taking into account the principles of health, safety and ethics facing professionals in the workplace. You develop a range of employability skills such as time management and presenting your work. You also gain the research skills needed to support problem solving in the field and to help you become a well-rounded, professional scientist.

Cell Biology and Microbiology

The cellular basis of all living organisms is one of the characteristics which defines life. This module explores the common features and the immense diversity of form and function displayed by cells of organisms. The module will increase your understanding of biological processes at the cellular level. It covers the structure and function of major cellular components and examines how fundamental processes within cells are organised and regulated, such as gene and protein expression. It also addresses the mechanisms by which cells divide, reproduce and differentiate. You study the historical development of cell biology and microbiology advances in theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline. You explore how knowledge of the biology of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, has informed the identification and control of infectious diseases. You also examine the beneficial roles of many microorganisms and their utilisation in genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Food Science and Nutrition

This module provides you with an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underpin modern food science and nutrition. This includes a review of the composition of food, in terms of macronutrients and micronutrients. You also look at energy in food and the consequences of malnutrition, addressing the question of how to translate our understanding of food and nutrition science into public health initiatives that actually change people’s behaviour for the better.

This translational science agenda provides the rationale for the course and introduces you to the issues surrounding food, nutrition and translational science

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, laboratory work, projects and examinations. You are also expected to undertake self-study to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Examples of typical entry qualifications include any combination of Level 3 qualifications (for example, A/AS levels, BTEC Certificates/Diplomas, Access to HE).

Any Level 3 subject is acceptable for entry to this course. You are expected to provide evidence of English language and mathematical skills equivalent to at least GCSE grade 4. We consider a wide range of English and maths qualifications alternative to GCSEs. Please contact our admissions staff for advice.

Interviews
You may be invited to attend an interview to help us reach an offer decision. Your interview session is designed to help you by giving you the opportunity to showcase your individual strengths and qualities that define your potential to succeed on your chosen course. You may receive a more flexible offer following a good interview performance.

It is important to us that you reach an informed decision on where to study so we make every effort to provide you with information, guidance and advice to help you make the right choice. During your visit you will have the opportunity to learn more about your course, see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and learn more about studying at Teesside University. We receive very positive feedback from visiting students and we are confident you will find your visit a useful experience too.

Alternative progression routes
If you are not eligible to join this course directly then we may be able to help you prepare for admission by studying appropriate pre-degree Summer University modules.

Please contact us to discuss the alternative progression routes available to you.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

The Cert HE Health Sciences course provides you with a broad knowledge and understanding of health-related topics. Taught by tutors from our School of Health & Social Care and our School of Science, Engineering & Design, the course provides you with a range of study routes and career opportunities.

Successfully completing the Cert HE Health Sciences can help you in a new application for a place on a course in our School of Health & Social Care. Course options could include (see Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions for the latest list of available courses):

  • BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography 
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery 
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult) 
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Child)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) 
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Mental Health) 
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice Studies 
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice 
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 

If you wish to be considered for a place on a course within Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions, you are required to submit a new application through UCAS, normally at the beginning of your Level 4 studies (for example Year 1 of the Cert HE Health Sciences course). Applications are subject to the normal selection processes.

Alternatively, you can choose to continue on a course within Life & Physical Sciences. Some courses in this discipline may allow you to progress with advanced entry to Level 5 (Year 2) directly after completing your Cert HE Health Sciences.

The admissions criteria for all our courses are available on the University’s web pages. The time spent studying health sciences degree will help you in your new application by building your knowledge in fundamental key subjects and developing your competencies in a range of relevant skills. Your health sciences course tutors are there to advise you on your personal development in preparation for your application and interview. 

If you are thinking about transferring to a new course after one or more years of study on your health sciences course then you are strongly advised to read the guidance on student loan eligibility for transferring students provided by Student Funding England, and to seek individual advice from the Student Loan Company to satisfy yourself that you will have access to sufficient funding to enable you to complete your studies.
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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

£9,250 for 2020 entry (subject to University approval)

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What is included in your tuition fee?

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Part-time

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