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Overview

UWS’s BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme will equip you with the skills and experience needed to play a vital role in modern healthcare provision.

This programme has been developed to provide a pathway to help you become a professional biomedical scientist.

You’ll complete modules in biology, chemistry and statistical analysis – which will underpin your knowledge and understanding – before progressing to study advanced aspects of biomedical science.

Biomedical scientists play an essential role in the identification of diseases and improving the provision of healthcare.

 

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

  • This programme is designed to prepare you for a career working at the forefront of modern healthcare, where you’ll play a vital role in the effective diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease.
  • This programme has been developed in partnership with the National Health Service and is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
  • We have a range of placement opportunities available allowing you to apply your knowledge in a real-world laboratory setting.

WATCH A ZOOM SESSION FROM THE PROGRAMME LEADER

Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below. 

Biomedical Science Programme Leader

DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

“Although the experience has been challenging, it has been beyond rewarding and I couldn’t recommend this institution highly enough to other undergraduates.”

Tim Bandel, 4th year BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science international student

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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. 

92%

of students were satisfied with the teaching on this course – National Student Survey 2020

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

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.

Accelerated Entry 

Direct entry into year 2 and 3 is possible.

Additional Information

Non-EEA students are ineligible to participate in the clinical work placement element of this course.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology 
  • A levels: CDD (80 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Biology or Human Biology
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (3 at HL) including Biology or Human Biology
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science (BBB) or Access to Medicine (BBB) or Access to Radiography (BBB) or Access to Chemical & Life Sciences (BBB) or Access to Healthcare & Biological Sciences (BBB) - all Access awards to include Biology or Human Biology

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC (136 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology plus Chemistry at SQA National 5 (Grade C, or above), Intermediate 2 (Grade C, or above) or Standard Grade (Credit)
  • A levels: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points including Biology and preferrably Chemistry (Chemistry at least at OL)
  • 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 or Applied 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
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, 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 or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

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

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

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).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

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. Teaching includes expert tuition from NHS staff.

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 multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more

Course Structure

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

BSc Biomedical Science Course Structure

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

Graduates can continue their studies to MSc and PhD level with some undertaking further study in related disciplines including pharmacy, medicine and dentistry.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

£1,820 Cost of study per year (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS)

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£13,325 Cost per year of study

Check Your Tuition Fee Status

2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Modules (face-to-face)

Scottish

£305 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Republic of Ireland

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

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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 - Updated Jan 2021

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 and textbooks, 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.

Note: The library will hold some copies of the textbooks but not enough for every student. Students can purchase second hand copies when possible or use older versions if advised by the module cordinator. Students can also sell their copies after the course. This helps manage the cost.

Year 1

Laboratory equipment (Mandatory)
You will be required to purchase a Howie laboratory coat which is estimated at c.£25.

Books & printed material (Optional)
You are encouraged to use the library for all reading materials (some will be availably digitally also). You may, however, choose to purchase some or all of the recommended text books. Given the availability of library and online resources and individual preferences, costs will be variale but should be no more than £100.

Year 2

Laboratory equipment (Mandatory)
You will be required to purchase a Howie laboratory coat which is estimated at c.£25 if you have not purchased one already.

Books & printed material (Optional)
You are encouraged to use the library for all reading materials (some will be availably digitally also). You may, however, choose to purchase some or all of the recommended text books. Given the availability of library and online resources and individual preferences, costs will be variale but should be no more than £100.

Year 3

Laboratory equipment (Mandatory)
You will be required to purchase a Howie laboratory coat which is estimated at c.£25 if you have not purchased one already.

Books & printed material (Optional)
You are encouraged to use the library for all reading materials (some will be availably digitally also). You may, however, choose to purchase some or all of the recommended text books. Given the availability of library and online resources and individual preferences, costs will be variale but should be no more than £100.

Graduation fees (Optional for those exiting with BSc award)
These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee. Academic dress and official photography (optional) for graduation ceremonies is hired and arranged respectively from an external suppliers.

Year 4

Laboratory equipment (Mandatory)
You will be required to purchase a Howie laboratory coat which is estimated at c.£25 if you have not purchased one already.

Dissertation & poster presentation (Mandatory)
Your final year dissertation is a core and mandatory piece of research undertaken in your final year of studies. However, only electronic copies are required to be submitted for assessment. You may wish to print bound copies, but this is not mandatory. Depending upon the size of the dissertation and the content it can cost anything between £15-40. Research pOsters are developed as part of your final year studies but these are electronic versions only and do not need to be printed for assessment.

Graduation fees (Mandatory)
These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee. Academic dress and official photography (optional) for graduation ceremonies is hired and arranged respectively from an external suppliers.

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.

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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.

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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

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

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

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

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

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