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Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

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What is Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)?

Biomedical Science is at the forefront of pioneering advances in medicine. In our leading-edge laboratory facilities set in the heart of our historic campus, you’ll explore this vibrant field, joining our Biosciences group – ranked 1st nationally for student experience by the Guardian and The Times University League Tables 2022.

Through a series of health laboratory challenges, you’ll be trained in the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease. With a focus on practical exploration and assessment, these exercises will build your capability and confidence to undertake your own laboratory research.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills and employability through work-based modules, ranging from short internships to year-long placements.

You’ll finish the course well-prepared to graduate to a career in biomedical research or healthcare services, or to progress to professional training in medicine, dentistry, nursing or teaching.

Note that we offer a range of fee waivers, scholarships, bursaries and awards for both UK and International students.

Study style

Your first year on the course will introduce the essentials of anatomy, physiology, cells, infection, immunity, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics. While developing a grounding in these key topics, you’ll be well supported in your transition to studying Biomedical Science at university and be given personal access to the Fundamentals of Biomedical Science book series.

You’ll rotate through key themes in histopathology, cytopathology, haematology and virology in your second year, debating contemporary issues and gaining key skills in data analysis.

By the third year you’ll develop specialisms in biotechnology, neurobiology, pharmacology, toxicology, epidemiology and cancer medicine, choosing your own laboratory-based research area for your Dissertation project. You’ll accomplish all this through our focus on practical learning, drawing on and developing a broad spectrum of skills to help you succeed in life beyond University.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points, BBC – ABB at A levels, DMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • A Levels (or a recognised equivalent qualification) must include at least one of the following subjects Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry.

      English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham B100 £9,250 £15,000
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham B100 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to become:

  • registered biomedical scientists
  • medical laboratory assistants and technicians
  • students of medicine
  • students of dentistry
  • forensic scientists
  • teachers, lecturers and researchers.

Industry links

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills and employability through work-based modules, ranging from short internships to year-long placements. You’ll focus on practical learning, drawing on and developing a broad spectrum of skills to help you succeed in life beyond university.

Study a course that's highly rated

You’ll learn in a supportive and fulfilling environment – our Bioscience courses ranked 6th in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2020 Guardian League Table.

Students examining a sample

Move towards your ideal career

You’ll finish the course well-prepared for a career in medical research and health services, or to progress to professional training in medicine, dentistry, nursing or teaching.

Students in biosciences laboratory

Placements

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience
  • NHS Training Lab placements – these are offered on a competitive basis, with selection taking place in Year 2 and successful students being moved onto BSc Applied Biomedical Science with a view to working towards a career as a registered Biomedical Scientist

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