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Certificate of Higher Education

Premedical Sciences

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
One year
Course director:
Dr Ian Wilson
Key fact:
Studying this course gives you a direct route onto the internationally recognised four-year medical programme at St. George's University in Grenada.

Page last updated 5 October 2017


Why study premedical sciences?

To study medicine or another related degree, you need a strong base of knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

Studying premedical science 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 UWE Bristol?

This Certificate of Higher Education Premedical Sciences is a challenging one-year international course, co-developed by UWE Bristol and St. George's University (SGU) in Grenada in the West Indies.

If you're a student with A-level science qualifications, it's an exciting route onto the internationally recognised, four-year Medical Programme at SGU.

Taught in Bristol, with access to outstanding laboratory facilities, the course covers all the main areas of human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics that underpin a good understanding of human health.

With input from leading external medical practitioners, you'll be well prepared academically and professionally to go onto a medical degree.

You'll spend your final two years at SGU and on clinical placements at hospitals in the USA, Canada or the UK.

Where can it take me?

Completing the course successfully will guarantee you a place on the Medical Programme at SGU.

After studying this course, you can also go straight into year two of some degree courses at UWE Bristol, including the BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science and MSci Biomedical Science.

Graduating in science or medicine opens up many career opportunities, from positions in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, to roles in research and education.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study:

  • 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).

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'll guide and encourage you to develop your knowledge and skills, and learn independently, supported by learning packages, lectures, seminars, tutorials and our web-based virtual learning environment.

Deepen your understanding and skills in practical classes, laboratory and computer-based sessions.

Work with dynamic tutors who are all engaged in research across a range of disciplines relevant to the medical field.

They'll support your learning and encourage you to develop so that you can move successfully onto the medical degree at SGU.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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 takes place 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, structured clinical learning experience.

The University courses are accredited and approved by many governing authorities.


We'll use written examinations and coursework to gauge your knowledge and skills. Coursework may be in the form of practical case studies, hospital visits, study packs, posters, reports and oral presentations.

You'll need an overall score of 65%, with at least 60% in each module, and a recommendation from the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, to progress to a medical degree at SGU.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Benefit from outstanding facilities to support your learning, including our well-equipped science laboratories with the latest analytical tools. See our department pages for more details.

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

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

If you complete the Certificate of Higher Education Premedical Sciences course with an average score of at least 65%, and a satisfactory reference from UWE Bristol, you'll get a guaranteed place on the Medical Programme at SGU.

You can also progress onto the second year of our BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science or MSci Biomedical Science.

Graduating in science or medicine opens up many career opportunities.

SGU currently has over 13,000 graduates working as healthcare professionals worldwide.

At SGU, you'll undertake clinical placements in the US, Canada or the UK, which often lead to employment in those countries. If you do a placement in the UK, you can practise here after completing the relevant conversion exams.

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.


Supplementary fee information

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.

See our funding pages for more information.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • 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.
  • 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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