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Certificate of Higher Education

Premedical Sciences

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
One year
Course director:
Dr Ian Wilson
Key fact:
The Certificate of Higher Education Premedical Sciences at UWE Bristol will give you a direct route to the internationally recognised, four year Medical Programme at St. George's University in Grenada.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why study Cert HE Premedical Sciences?

Based around the biomedical sciences, the Certificate of Higher Education Premedical Sciences gives you the knowledge and qualifications to progress to studying medicine or another related honours degree course. It can lead to many different employment opportunities, including research and development work in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, as well as training for a career as a doctor.

Why study our course?

This challenging one-year international Premedical Sciences course has been co-developed by UWE Bristol and St. George's University (SGU) in Grenada, West Indies. Taught in Bristol, it provides an exciting route if you are a student with A-level science qualifications or the equivalent to gain the knowledge and entry qualification for progression to the high quality, internationally recognised, four year Medical Programme at SGU. Alternatively, you will also have the option to join the BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science at UWE Bristol, gaining entry onto Year two of the course.

Real-world experience

With access to outstanding laboratory facilities, the course covers the areas of human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics that underpin an understanding of human health. Benefiting from the additional input of leading external medical practitioners throughout the course, you will be prepared academically and professionally to subsequently undertake a medical degree. At SGU, your final two years will be spent on clinical placements at hospitals in the USA or Canada or in the UK.

Where it can take you

After successfully completing the course, you will be awarded a UK Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE), which can lead you to a large choice of careers, from positions in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors to roles in research and education. As well as progression onto the SGU Medical Programme, your qualification will enable advanced entry for degree courses at UWE Bristol, including Biomedical Sciences.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The following modules cover aspects of human anatomy and physiology, along with the biology, microbiology and genetics that underpin an understanding of human health and which will prepare you both academically and professionally to subsequently undertake a medical degree.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (Premedical Sciences)
  • Cell Biochemistry and Genetics (Premedical Sciences)
  • Pathophysiology of Disease (Premedical Sciences)
  • Biomedical Skills
  • Molecular Biology for Medicine (Premedical Sciences)
  • Professional Studies for Medicine (Premedical Sciences).

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a UK Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE). As well as progression onto the SGU Medical Programme, this can be used as an advanced entry qualification for courses at UWE Bristol.

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

The Department of Applied Sciences is evolving a culture of student-centred learning, supported by learning packages and a web-based Virtual Learning Environment. Guided independent learning is very much encouraged and a framework for this is provided through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Practical classes are also very important in supporting learning, with both laboratory and computer-based sessions.

Your tutors are all engaged in research and other scholarly activity, working across a range of disciplines relevant to the medical field. They will support your learning and encourage you to develop so that you can successfully move on to undertake the medical degree at SGU.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Each taught module is assessed by written examination and coursework. Coursework may be in the form of practical case studies, hospital visits, study packs, posters, reports and oral presentations. You must achieve an overall score of 65%, with a minimum of 60% in each module, and receive a recommendation from the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences to progress to a medical degree at SGU.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Facilities at UWE Bristol are outstanding and feature state-of-the-art science laboratories with the latest analytical equipment. Further details are on the department's pages. You will be taught by dynamic professionals, committed to supporting your studies and encouraging your development to ensure successful transfer to the Medical Programme at SGU. With a framework of lectures, seminars and tutorials, you will benefit from a culture of student-centred learning, backed by a web-based virtual learning environment. Practical classes are a vital part of the curriculum, with both laboratory and computer-based sessions.

Watch Biomedical student Andy's video about the science labs and his experiences.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

About St. George's University

St. George's University, Grenada, is a centre of international education, affiliated with medical institutions worldwide, including those in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Ireland. The University has graduated over 13,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals who are practising across the world. Clinical training is conducted at more than 70 affiliated hospitals and clinical centres in the USA. Canada and the UK, with SGU staff at each training site ensuring a seamless and structured clinical learning experience. The University courses are accredited and approved by many governing authorities.


Careers / Further study

Successful completion of the Premedical Sciences course, with an average score of 65% or more and a satisfactory reference from UWE Bristol will guarantee a place on the Medical Programme at SGU. You will also have the option to progress onto BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science at UWE Bristol, gaining advanced entry to the second year of the course. Graduating in science or medicine opens up many career opportunities.

SGU currently has over 13,000 graduates employed worldwide as healthcare professionals in countries such as the US and Canada. At SGU, students undertake clinical placements in the US, Canada or in the UK, which normally lead to employment in those countries. Students who undertake clinical placement in the UK will be able to practise there after completing integral conversion examinations.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

This course does not attract government funding for UK and EU students.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should have an overall IELTS score of 7, with a minimum of 6 in each element. A full list of accepted tests and required levels can be found on the English Language Requirements pages.

  • A-level subjects: Grades ABB in Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A requirement of 32 points, with a minimum grade of 5, 5, 5 in higher level Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at ourInternational College.

Additional selection criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Supplementary Application. This will be used by SGU for the purpose of short listing candidates for interview.

Interview. Following the submission of the supplementary application and payment of the application fee and if shortlisted, you will be invited to interview before being offered a place.

Completing the application form. We will be looking for applicants committed to a career in medicine. You must clearly demonstrate this in the 'personal statement' section of the application form by saying why you want to study medicine and stating any relevant work experience that you have gained to date.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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