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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:BC99

About the course

At some point in life, we all access services that rely on the expertise of biomedical scientists - professional laboratory scientists involved in blood testing, newborn screening and cancer staging. They have played a key role in developing vaccines and tests for the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus. This course prepares you to join them.

Institute of Biomedical Science Accredited Programme

Our Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) provides a solid grounding in the laboratory sciences used to research, diagnose and treat disease. You gain an in-depth understanding of how the human body works, studying the molecular, cellular and organ-level processes that take place in the human body and the pathological changes that occur in disease. You also explore advances in areas such as biotechnology and medicine, and the impact they have on treatment and scientific research.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), ensuring it delivers the scientific education, skills and training needed to follow a career as a professional biomedical scientist.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn about the latest amazing advances in biomedical sciences from research-active staff and guest lecturers from research institutes and hospital laboratories
  • Benefit from our new STEM building with its modern, high-spec science facilities
  • Accrue knowledge as well as graduate-level analytical and transferable skills that prepare you for a career or further study across a wide range of different scientific disciplines
  • Graduates with IBMS-accredited degrees can apply for NHS trainee biomedical scientist positions, where they will study further to obtain the Health Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) portfolio accreditation.
What our students say

“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’m loving it!”

Mark McCaughern, Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) graduate 2019, now a professional biomedical scientist

“Lecturers are very approachable and I always felt I could talk to someone regarding any issues I had. It provided me with the knowledge and experience I needed to help me achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.”

Josip Plascevic, Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) graduate 2020, now studying Medicine

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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

Accreditations

  • Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Course Leader - Dr Anna Furmanski

I joined the School of Life Sciences in March 2015 from University College London (UCL), where I was a Senior Research Associate and Fellow.

Prior to this I undertook my postdoctoral training at Imperial College London and UCL. I completed my PhD (Immunology) and MRes (Biomedical Sciences) degrees at Imperial College, and studied for my BSc (Clinical Sciences) with King’s College London.

I was born, raised and schooled in Luton and I enjoy working in my hometown!

 
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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!

 

 

Why Study in the School of Life Sciences?

  • Specialist laboratories in new £40m STEM building
  • 92% satisfaction with Biological Science, NSS 2020

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 2022/23 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 2022/23 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 2022/23 is £13,500 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

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 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 2022/23 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 2022/23 is £13,500 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