Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

This Cert HE Health Sciences 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 CertHE 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 CertHE 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 SciencesBSc (Hons) Food and NutritionBSc (Hons) Food Science and EngineeringBSc (Hons) Health SciencesBSc (Hons) Human Biology

This course provides a broad understanding of the physiology of the body’s major systems as well as human health and disease. You study the cause, diagnosis and treatment of human disease from a multidisciplinary and evidence-based perspective, which will help you with a career in a variety of healthcare and life science settings.

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. We also offer a Cert HE Health Sciences (with Foundation Year) - this includes an integrated foundation year for students who are not eligible to join Level 4 (Year 1) of the Cert HE directly.

You have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in using state-of-the-art facilities at the new National Horizons Centre at the University’s Darlington campus. This £22m purpose-built biosciences research, education and training facility is a focal point for the growing regional biosciences community.

* Subject to University approval

 

Course details

Course structure

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.

Biochemical and Chemical Science

Biochemistry, the study of the chemistry of life, is one of the most important and exciting areas of science. It spans areas including biomedical science, nutrition, drug design, forensic science, agriculture and manufacturing. It covers 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. You study the chemistry of carbon and why it is capable of forming the complex 3D modules that make life possible. And you study important groups of biological molecules in detail including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids.

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.

Core Skills in Life Sciences

Knowledge of the degree subject is not the only thing you learn whilst at university and it’s not the only thing that potential employers are looking for after graduation. You also need to develop a range of skills applicable for a variety of career pathways These include your ability to articulate yourself clearly, confidently and effectively to different audiences; to work independently or on your own initiative demonstrating creativity and adaptability when tackling problems where you don’t have all the necessary information available; to locate information and critically assess its usefulness; and to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology.

You also learn to assess your own performance, giving you the chance to recognise and build on your strengths, and identify and improve your weaknesses as a way to raise your aspirations. This module also introduces you to basic principles and good practice in collecting, recording and evaluating data, and using information resources and referencing. You also consider the assessment and handling of scientific errors. You review a range of basic mathematical skills and introduce statistical methods that are essential in a wide range of scientific endeavour. Emphasis is placed on using spreadsheets for data recording, presentation and statistical analysis.


Microbiology and Cell Biology

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.

 

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

We are committed to widening participation and encourage all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, to apply to study with us. We operate a flexible admissions policy taking into consideration individual circumstances, including personal achievements, relevant experience, personal qualities, as well as qualifications and grades.

Year 1 entry
96-112 UCAS tariff points.
Typical Level 3 qualifications include:

  • A levels (grades BBC)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (grade DMM)
  • Access to HE Diploma (with 30 Level 3 credits from science units awarded at merit or higher)

You must have studied at least one relevant subject at Level 3. Eligible subjects include:

  • Applied Science
  • Biology
  • Health Sciences

Alternative equivalent UK and international qualifications and subjects are also considered.If you are not eligible for Year 1 entry, we also offer this course with an integrated foundation year.

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.

English language requirements
Entry to a degree programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English. An example of an acceptable qualification is GCSE English Language at grade 4, or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

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

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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 degree 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

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£11,825 a year

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