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University of Gloucestershire

Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)
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Course length
4 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

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.

Our Biosciences courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for academic support and 6th in the UK for teaching according to the National Student Survey 2024. They’re also ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction, and 11th in the UK for career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

Designed in collaboration with NHS clinical laboratories and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course will take you through a series of health laboratory challenges led by both academic and NHS staff, training you 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. For students wishing to become Registered Biomedical Scientists, a placement year in UKAS accredited NHS hospital laboratories will enable you to complete your IBMS Registration Training Portfolio.

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.

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.

There is a range of fee waivers, scholarships, bursaries and awards on offer for both UK and International students.

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Entry requirements

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Don’t worry about your results. We may be able to offer you a place on this course through UCAS Clearing even if you don’t meet the entry requirements below.

Become a Clearing VIP and get an early-bird offer before results day, plus a chance to win a rent-free year in halls. Call us on 03330 432 414 to discuss your options.

    • 96 UCAS tariff points, CCC at A levels, MMM at BTEC or a Pass (C and above) in your T-Level.

      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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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham B101 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham B101 TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham B101 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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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.

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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.

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Ranked 2nd in the UK for academic support and 6th in the UK for teaching - NSS, 2024

Our biosciences courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for academic support and 6th in the UK for teaching according to the National Student Survey 2024.


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 enabling students to complete their IBMS Registration Training Portfolios

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