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Allied Healthcare Career Pathway

Core Subjects

Students need to pick a minimum of two core subjects from the list below.

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Applied Science
  • Health and Social Care

Complementary Subjects

Students need to study 4 subjects in total, so they will need to top up their core subjects with complementary subjects.  For example, if a student selects 3 core subjects, they will only need to select 1 complementary subject to study.

  • Pure Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • English
  • History

Supra-Curricular Activities

Career related workshops and talks - Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Dietitians, Paramedics, virtual work experience. 

Subject related activities - First Aid.

Support with Interview Preparation - Interviews for Allied Healthcare are very specialised. They are designed to assess students’ suitability for a career in Healthcare, aside from academic excellence. One form of the interview is a series of mini interviews where students are asked several scenario questions.  We will provide students with practice interviews that prepare students for these situations.

University masterclasses and conferences - Pathways to Bristol Healthcare sciences, Discover Bath Summer Programme.

Extended Project Qualification

All students on the Medicine Programme must take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in Year 12. The EPQ is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project management. The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A-level and is recognised by universities and employers.  Some leading universities, such as Southampton University, make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ. The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.

Access to Bristol Scheme

As part of this career pathway students will be supported to apply to the Access to Bristol Scheme. The Access to Bristol Scheme is for students taking A-level and BTECs courses. Taking part shows a commitment to further study that will strengthen their application when they apply to university. On completion, they will be guaranteed a contextual offer/interview from Bristol, a top-ten UK University (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Students attend a series of sessions, held at the University on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn or spring term. They will choose to study one subject stream from a selection, representing many of the degree subjects available at Bristol.

Students will get an idea of what it is like to study at the University of Bristol, working with academics and current students who can offer advice and guidance about higher education and their subject area.

Please note: students are NOT guaranteed a place on this scheme, but we will support them with their application and transport them to sessions.

Depending on the course that students are studying, they can elect to apply for one of the schemes below:

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

This stream is suitable for students studying chemistry and a second science or mathematics at A-level. The Biological and Biomedical Sciences stream is a brand new, unique combination that allows students to experience 4 out of the 5 Faculty of Life Sciences subject areas. This stream explores the human disciplines of physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, biochemistry, cellular and molecular medicine as well and the animal and plant focused ones within biological sciences. Students will learn more about the human body, its structure and function, what can go wrong and how drugs work to prevent and treat disease. The principles discovered in the lab are put into practice so students gain an understanding of how the body works as a molecular, cellular, organ and on a whole-body level to help them understand disease and develop new treatments, for instance to a new virus.


This stream is only open to students studying maths and another maths-related subject (biology; chemistry; computer science; economics; physics). Mathematics is the key to the sciences. It provides many of the tools used in research and management as well as being a powerful means of communicating ideas and solving problems. This stream will offer students an opportunity to develop the skills Bristol University looks for in Mathematics applicants, and also to see how the subject develops as students progress from A-level to university. Each session will contain a mixture of lectures and activities. Lectures will cover areas of general mathematical interest. There will also be considerable student activity. A range of topics are covered that represent the research interests and specialisms of the department, for example, proofs, group theory, cryptography. Students will come away with an overview of what mathematics is like at university level, an understanding of how it differs from other STEM subjects, and knowledge of how to enhance their UCAS application.


If you have any questions about the Allied Healthcare Pathway, please contact Mrs Dodsworth via email at: to arrange a time for a conversation.

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