Biomedical Science

Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course is offered as either a three year course or a four year course with integrated placement year. It offers a springboard for graduates to work within the NHS and other health-related institutions. Practicing NHS biomedical scientists require a degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) - an endorsement we have held for over 10 years. During the course, you will gain a deep understanding of the main principles of how the human body works. Going beyond this, you will discover how biomedical scientists find new ways to cure or treat disease by developing advanced diagnostic tools or new therapeutic strategies. If you want to practice as a qualified biomedical scientist within the NHS you will need to obtain a Certificate of Competence awarded by the IBMS. This is achieved by completing your placement in an UKAS accredited NHS clinical pathology laboratory in the West Midlands. Should you secure and successfully complete this placement you will be moved over to our BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science course. This pathway is approved by the HCPC, the UK regulatory body for biomedical scientists, and graduates will immediately be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as professional biomedical scientist. You will leave the university equipped with the essential knowledge and skills required for a variety of career opportunities. Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of areas or undertake postgraduate courses. Some choose careers as HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists, while others will choose to use their degree as a springboard into a variety of scientific or health related careers, including research, pharmaceutics, medical journalism, teaching, medical sales and marketing. Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).
  • Our BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree with accredited integrated placement year is approved by the HCPC.
  • Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.
  • Top 20 in the UK for satisfaction with teaching (Biosciences, Guardian University Guide, 2020).
  • 93.6% of students found the course intellectually stimulating (Biomedical Science, NSS, 2019).

Course details


Year 1 During your first year you will study key topics that will form the basis of your biomedical science education, covering areas from microbiology to physiology. You’ll learn how to undertake laboratory work safely and discover more about the roles of the IBMS and the HCPC in governing the training and practice of biomedical scientists. In addition you will gain knowledge of careers available to graduates with biomedical science degrees. Year 2 Your second year will see you continue your biomedical science education journey, this will include a combination of new subject areas such as the hormonal and immune systems and revisiting previously studied topics at a deeper level. You will learn how to select appropriate experimental approaches and test hypotheses as well as spending time reflecting on skills acquired and needed for your future career. Placement year (optional) The optional placement year gives you the opportunity to gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. You will get the chance to undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings. Please see the placements tab for more information regarding UKAS accredited CPA hospital laboratory placements. Final year In your final year you will acquire the skills required to undertake your individual original research project including; how to critically review scientific literature, creating and testing hypotheses using appropriate methodologies, and gathering, analysing and interpreting data from your own studies and those of others. In addition you will study a small number of advanced topics and critically reflect on the enhancement of patient care and the importance of codes and acts in biomedical science. For more information, please visit our website.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB BBB in three A level subjects including Biology. BBC in three A level subjects including Biology and B in either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). BCC in three A level subjects including Biology for our contextual offer scheme (more details https: //¬offer). Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in A-Level Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade C in A-Level Biology (more details https: //
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits P: 0 credits Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.
Scottish Higher BBBBB Biology at Higher Level required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in A-Level Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade C in A-Level Biology (more details https: //
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must be Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade BC in two A levels of which one must be Biology (more details https: //
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must be Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade BC in two A levels of which one must be Biology (more details https: //
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points 31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include Biology. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Find out more about our admissions policy. Applicant Visit Days Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £18900 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Biomedical Science at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS