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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:BC99
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

Institute of Biomedical Science Accredited Programme

Illness affects us all from time to time. Everyone, at some point in their life, will access services that rely on the expertise of Biomedical Scientists, which include blood and urine testing, newborn screening and cancer staging. These professional laboratory scientists are currently playing a key role in developing vaccines and conducting tests for the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus, further highlighting the importance of the Biomedical Sciences to our society.

This course provides a solid grounding in the laboratory sciences used to understand, diagnose and treat disease, preparing you for a range of careers including, but not limited to, that of a Biomedical Scientist. On this course you will study the molecular, cellular and organ-level processes that take place in the human body and the pathological changes that occur in disease.

Our course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS). IBMS accreditation ensures that a degree course delivers the scientific education, skills and training that will provide the basis for a career as a professional Biomedical Scientist. Graduates with IBMS-accredited degrees are able to apply for NHS Trainee Biomedical Scientist positions, where they will study further during their employment to obtain Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) portfolio accreditation.

 

The discipline of Biomedical Science is fundamental to our health and wellbeing and is therefore very important to our society as a whole, never more so than during a global pandemic. In studying this course you will enhance your understanding of the science behind human biology and disease. This opens up a range of career options, equips you with graduate-level scientific, analytical and transferrable skills and most importantly allows you to delve into what is a fascinating and inspiring subject.

Dr Anna Furmanski, Course Coordinator

 

Accreditations

  • Institute of Biomedical Science IBMS

  • Learn about the latest amazing advances in Biomedical Sciences from research-active staff and guest lecturers from research institutes and hospital laboratories

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how the human body works and a solid foundation in the laboratory science that is widely-used to diagnose, treat and research human diseases

  • Explore advances in areas such as biotechnology and medicine, and the impact they have on treatment and scientific research

  • Benefit from our new science facilities and STEM building, which offer a modern working environment

  • Accrue knowledge, understanding and skills that prepare you for pursuing a career or further study in a wide range of different scientific disciplines

What are students say:

The Biomedical Science course was beautifully structured, allowing me to deepen my understanding of the subjects I was passionate about but also to carry out extracurricular activities. I really love my job now, working as a research assistant for a biotech company that develops cancer immunotherapeutics. Really I cannot believe that I get to wake up every day and go to work and do something that I enjoy so much.

Diana Coman, BSc Biomedical Sciences graduate 2016, now an industrial Research Associate and about to embark on a funded PhD
I decided to apply for this course as I was fascinated by life at a cellular level, and also because my long term plan included applying for graduate entry at a medical school….As it does, life brings different opportunities in one’s path, and as a result I chose a different career, one in the front line emergency services. Having studied biomedical science allowed me to firstly apply for this role, and secondly gave me the foundation to build on and apply to a more macro level study of the human body. This journey has been amazing and I thoroughly enjoy day to day work and the challenges I face, decisions I have to make, and the people I get to meet.

Teodora Badiu, BSc Biomedical Sciences graduate 2017, now training in Paramedic Sciences
The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course provided by the University of Bedfordshire is both fascinating and challenging. The blend of lectures, research projects and practical classes help to build a variety of skills which employers actively seek. I am currently working as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist (Haematology), compiling my IBMS registration portfolio and I am loving it!

Mark McCaughern, BSc Biomedical Sciences graduate 2019, now a professional Biomedical Scientis
I would say that studying at UoB was extremely valuable experience for me! I enjoyed everything about it, particularly the amount of opportunities I had. Lecturers were very approachable, and I always felt I can talk to someone, regarding any issues I had. Not only it provided me with enough information and experience for my future career, it will help me to achieve a dream of becoming a doctor. Because of that, I will be forever grateful to university, and especially lecturers!

Josip Plascevic, BSc Biomedical Sciences graduate 2020, now studying Medicine
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Units

  • Chemistry And Molecular Genetics (BHS006-1) Compulsory
  • Essential Skills In Biosciences (BHS001-1) Compulsory
  • Human Anatomy And Physiology (BHS004-1) Compulsory
  • Microbiology And Biochemistry (BHS002-1) Compulsory
  • Human Metabolism And Genetics (BHS001-2) Compulsory
  • Medical Microbiology And Immunology (BHS002-2) Compulsory
  • Physiology, Haematology And Transfusion Science (BHS008-2) Compulsory
  • Skills And Cellular Pathology (BHS006-2) Compulsory
  • Applications Of Immunology And Microbiology (BHS005-3) Compulsory
  • Biomedical Science Research Project (BHS013-3) Compulsory
  • Clinical Biochemistry And Biology Of Disease (BHS001-3) Compulsory
  • Molecular Biology And Human Genetics (BHS004-3) Compulsory

Assessment is integral in all units to check that you have met the threshold standards expected of all BSc graduates and of the IBMS. Assessment is also critical for learning, designed to develop key subject specific and transferable skills for future employment. The requirements of each assessment will be detailed in a formal assessment brief document and discussed in teaching sessions.

All students are provided with feedback on their work and are encouraged to reflect carefully on this. Assessment tasks in the course will include: End of unit formal examinations; Problem-based learning activities; Formal laboratory reports; Poster presentation; Scientific/business proposal; Reflective notebook/s; Literature review; Research dissertation; and Oral presentation. All of these activities are designed to develop your abilities in information searching, data presentation, analysis and interpretation, using the scientific method and communicating in a variety of formats. All essential skills in a career as a scientist!

 

 

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course improve my career prospects?

Our Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) degree provides an excellent base to pursue a career in hospital laboratories, pharmaceutical industries and/or postgraduate entry into higher biomedical, biological science or graduate-entry Medicine/Dentistry. You will develop knowledge of and technical, research and analytical skills in biomedical disciplines including genetics, microbiology, immunology and biochemistry. This will open up career opportunities in pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, teaching, scientific publishing, public health, quality assurance, the food and drink industry and scientific sales/marketing.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

Travel costs

During the course you will be making some study visits to industry and regulatory agencies. We estimate that the total spend on travel would be around £100.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student