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BSc(Hons)

Biomedical Science (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
C98F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Roy Pemberton
Key fact:
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this course gives you strong practical skills in the biomedical sciences, with the option to gain a year’s experience with a leading employer in the UK or abroad.

Page last updated 5 October 2017

Introduction

Why study biomedical science?

To diagnose and treat diseases effectively, we need to understand the biology of disease and the science underpinning it, as well as the latest advances in medical science.

The strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills this discipline requires makes biomedical scientists highly sought after in fields such as medical research, consultancy, education and management.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and offers a hands-on approach to learning.

You'll get a strong grounding in modern biomedicine, and study the basic scientific core subjects and the biology of disease, alongside specialist biomedical subjects.

Gain wide-ranging experience through placements and internships and develop expertise in the areas that interest you most.

Work at the cutting-edge of biomedical science, using highly specialised equipment.

If you choose the sandwich option, you'll spend your third year working with an employer or at another university, in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, research or wider sector. This could be in the UK, in Europe or further afield.  

With a strong focus on the application of science in the real world, this course is excellent preparation for wide-ranging science careers.

Where can it take me?

Our graduates work in increasingly diverse types of roles. Most go into biomedical science, working in research and development for organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

Some also get jobs in sales, the media or education, and others study for postgraduate qualifications.

Through our partnership with American University of Antigua (AUA), you could go on to study medicine there. You'd spend two pre-clinical years in Antigua, followed by two clinical years in the UK, USA or Canada. Scholarships are available for outstanding students.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Biology in Practice
  • Chemistry in Practice
  • Skills for Science
  • People and Science

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Biomedical Skills
  • Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Year two

You will study:

  • Physiological and Immunological Systems
  • Practice and Communication of Science
  • Studies in the Biology of Disease.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Cell Signalling
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Drugs and Disease
  • Medicinal Chemistry.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Research Dissertation Project or Research Experimental Project.

Plus two specialist modules from:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Cellular Pathology and Oncology.

Plus optional modules (the number according to credit requirements) from:

  • Professional Practice in Applied Science
  • Science Communication
  • Antimicrobial Agents
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Scientific Frontiers and Enterprise
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Genomic Technologies.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We take a student-centred approach to learning. You'll get one-to-one guidance and individual feedback and we'll guide and encourage you to learn independently, using a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Deepen your understanding and skills in practical classes, laboratory and computer-based sessions, and via our web-based virtual learning environment.

Learn about modern biomedicine, experimental design and data handling.

Your practical learning will culminate in an independent research project to seek new biomedical knowledge. You'll work on this in your final year with a project supervisor and potentially their research team.

You'll work with tutors who are leading biomedical science specialists, engaged in research across the whole spectrum of related disciplines. They'll support your learning and encourage you to develop as a biomedical scientist.

You'll work closely with students in your group and be supported by student advisers and a year tutor as well.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
126%74%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Assessment

We'll use a range of assessment tools to measure your understanding and skills, including essays, reports, group tasks and presentations. Overall, we'll use a mix of coursework and examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
037%60%3%100%
139%44%17%100%
250%44%6%100%
345%49%6%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS).

The degree meets the academic requirements for registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

If, after graduating, you obtain employment in an NHS lab, you may be able to undertake a training portfolio, qualify for the IBMS Certificate of Competence and apply for HCPC Registration.

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll get to work with major employers in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry, with opportunities for placements, internships and volunteering.

We have links with lots of employers, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, ICI, government laboratories including CAMR and Porton Down, and university research centres.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.You'll do up to 40 weeks of work-based training in a specialised area of biomedical science.

You could choose to spend a year working overseas in destinations such as the USA, Malaysia, Germany or Switzerland.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Benefit from our well-equipped, modern science laboratories, with specialist apparatus for histology, haematology and biochemistry, molecular biology and cell culture.

Use the latest instrumentation to measure human performance physiology.

Carry out research projects using our extensive facilities for light-based microscopy (including confocal and fluorescent) and an electron microscopy suite.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

You'll graduate with the insight, tools and practical experience to make a valuable contribution to the health of the community.

Most graduates follow careers in biological sciences, particularly research and development work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and education sectors.

As well as preparing you for a laboratory-based job, the course will give you the transferable skills employers value in a wide variety of roles, from medical sales and scientific writing, to quality control and health and safety.

Some graduates use their qualification to successfully apply for mature entry to medicine degrees, while others continue with MPhil/PhD research degrees or Masters courses.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in biosciences

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full Time Course with Placement

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Science AS or A2. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • Specific subjects: Science at GCSE, A or AS-Level
  • Relevant subjects: Maths
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include level 3 credits in Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

This course is designed to accept a wide range of people with different educational backgrounds. You will be considered on an individual basis.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science course.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

For further information

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