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Overview

The UWS BSc Biomedical Science has been developed in partnership with the National Health Service and the Health & Care Professions Council, providing a route for you to become a professional Biomedical Scientist, working in NHS-accredited hospital laboratories. With a career in Biomedical Science – taking in research, diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention – you will work at the forefront of modern healthcare.

Hospital laboratories play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, with biomedical scientists carrying out tests on clinical specimens, with timely and effective analysis of results informing the effective diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease by medical staff.

Our course will ensure that you gain the knowledge, skills and experience to play a leading role in the modern healthcare sector.

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Professional Approval and Accreditation 

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (the leading professional body for biomedical scientists, support staff and students).   

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science is also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the UK regulator which protects the public by maintaining a register of health and care professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. It regulates and protects a number of health and care professions, including biomedical scientists. 

91%

of students were satisfied with the quality of this course

85%

of students were in work or further study six months after completing this course.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.  

If your qualifications are not listed here please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

Accelerated Entry 

Direct entry into year 2 and 3 is possible.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Biology or Human Biology or 102 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: CCD including Biology or Human Biology or 88 UCAS Tariff points
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Biology or Human Biology
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Biology or Human Biology
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science BBB or Access to Medicine BBB

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC including Biology plus Chemistry at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 136 UCAS Tariff points 
  • A levels: BBB including Biology plus Chemistry at GCSE level or 120 UCAS Tariff points 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points including Biology and Chemistry 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science or Biomedical Science or Applied Biomedical Science or Industrial Biotechnology 

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Biomedical Science or Biological Science

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Biomedical scientists working in hospital labs carry out tests on clinical specimens, the result inform the effective diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease by medical staff. 

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science has been developed in partnership with the National Health Service and the Health & Care Professions Council, and provides a route for you to become a professional Biomedical Scientist, working in NHS-accredited hospital laboratories. 

You will develop advanced knowledge and skills, learning scientific theory in the lecture theatre and gaining practical skills in the laboratory. 

Students have undertaken research projects through the ERASMUS+ project in Europe.

 

Please note: International students from outside the EEA are ineligible to participate in the work-placement elements of these courses.

Year 1

In year 1 you will complete modules in biology and chemistry, which will underpin your knowledge and understanding throughout your degree. You will also learn how to critically evaluate scientific data and information and conduct statistical analysis using computer technology. 

Learning and teaching: 

  •  Scheduled learning: 26% 
  • Independent study: 74% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written Exams: 8% 
  • Practical: 12% 
  • Coursework: 80%

Year 2

In year 2 you will be introduced to the themes that make up biomedical science including clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science, microbiology and cellular pathology. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 29% 
  • Independent study: 71% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written exams: 45% 
  • Practical: 13% 
  • Coursework: 42%

Year 3

In year 3 you will complete modules in clinical chemistry, cellular and molecular pathology, haematology, immunology and medical microbiology. Much of your teaching will take place in NHS laboratories, with expert tuition from NHS staff.  

Biomedical Science students will also undertake a 15-week integrated work placement in an NHS hospital laboratory.  

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 24% 
  • Independent study: 76% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written exams: 38% 
  • Practical: 4% 
  • Coursework: 58%

Year 4

In year 4 you will study specialist aspects of biomedical science at an advanced level. 

You will also complete a research dissertation in a topic of your choice. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 40% 
  • Independent study: 59% 
  • Placement: 1% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written exams: 30% 
  • Practical: 13% 
  • Coursework: 57%

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. 

This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects

Jobs

UWS graduates are well qualified to enter a range of related medical professions including:  

  • NHS hospital laboratories 
  • Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service laboratories 
  • Health Protection Agency laboratories 
  • research & development laboratories for the medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary and food sectors 
  • primary and secondary teaching  
  • nursing

Further Study

UWS Biomedical Science graduates can continue their studies to MSc and PhD level. Some graduates undertake further study in related disciplines including pharmacy, medicine and dentistry.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,800 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
 
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
 
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

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If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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