Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biomedical Science

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Course summary

Our dual Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and Royal Society of Biology (RSB) accredited Biomedical Science degree focuses on current clinical practice. It has been designed to provide you with the necessary academic requirements to allow you apply to become a registered Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It covers a range of disciplines including microbiology, physiology and immunology, as well as common aspects of medicine and care, such as blood transfusions; and explores the impact on the human body of things like exercise, temperature, and disease. During your time on the course you could get to:

  • Undertake liver function tests
  • Learn how to set up and read an ECG
  • Determine your own blood group
  • Undertake research to explore new clinical treatments
  • Practice key techniques used in pathology laboratories like preparing and staining tissue samples, and examining serum samples.
All 3rd and 4th year BSc Biomedical Sciences courses are accredited by the IBMS. Placement year By studying at Aston, you’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience in the NHS or industry through an optional placement year: giving you the platform for a career that saves and transforms lives. Designed to make you stand out in the graduate crowd, you could undertake a placement in a hospital, industrial or research laboratory, or in a non-laboratory setting. Our students have completed placements in:
  • Clinical trial companies
  • Research institutes
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical sales
  • Biotechnology companies
  • NHS organisations
  • International students and post-study work visa
Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live. The new post-study work visa enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. For more information visit the government website. For International Students intending to do a foundation year, visit ONCAMPUS. Course outline Studying Biomedical Science at Aston University gives you the abilities needed to provide healthcare, undertake medical research and understand the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll develop a thorough knowledge of the core principles of how the human body works, and a deep understanding of the vital role biomedical scientists play in the healthcare sector. Our teaching is research-led; meaning you learn about the research our world-leading academics are doing, particularly in your final year. We also make sure you gain exposure to practicing biomedical scientists via guest lectures, so you can hear first-hand what this rewarding role is really like. From your first year at Aston you’ll learn more about the careers available to graduates with biomedical science degrees, as well as spending time reflecting on the skills acquired and needed for your future career. Key course benefits:
  • Dual accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science also offers the chance to apply for HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registration after graduation.
  • Boost your employability with an optional placement year designed to set your studies in a real-world context.
  • Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK for Health Professions (Guardian University Guide, 2022).
  • Ranked 12th in the UK for a career after 15 months (Biosciences, Guardian University Guide 2022).
  • Study in a research-rich School ranked in the top 5 in the UK for research quality in Biomedical Sciences (Complete University Guide 2022).
Please note we do not offer a Foundation Programme, if you select year 0 on your application form this will be amended to year 1 at admissions review stage

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Learn from a range of bioscience academics and complete a number of specialist sessions with practicing biomedical scientists. You’ll study the key biology topics that will form the basis of your biomedical science education, preparing you for specialist modules in later years. You will also develop the knowledge to undertake laboratory work safely. Core modules: Biomolecules, Cells to Systems, Microbiology and Genetics, and Metabolism and Physiology for Biomedical Science Year 2 Study new specialist subject areas and revisit previously studied topics at a deeper level. You’ll learn how to select appropriate experimental approaches and test hypotheses, in addition to participating in Problem Based Learning (PBL), where you (as part of a group) will be set a problem and asked to provide a solution through independent research. Core modules: Clinical Sciences, Mechanisms of Pathology, Cell Signalling and Physiology, and Clinical Genetics and Human Disease. 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. For students who wish to practice as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, this year is your opportunity to complete an IBMS registration training portfolio in a UKAS accredited CPA hospital laboratory. Students who achieve minimum set grades and complete an accredited placement will graduate with a BSc Applied Biomedical Science qualification and be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a biomedical scientist. For more information, please visit our website. Final Year Acquire the skills required to undertake an individual original research project, study a small number of advanced topics, in addition to critically reflecting on the enhancement of patient care and the importance of codes and acts in biomedical science. Core modules: Immunology and Inflammation, Clinical and Food Microbiology, Research Project Preparation, Research Project, and Professional Skills for Biomedical Scientists. In addition you will complete one optional module: Cancer Biology or Bench to Bedside. For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment method

As a biomedical science student, you will be taught by experts in biosciences about topics they have a passion for. There is huge breadth of academic research undertaken across Aston which is integrated into our courses. It’s this integration that gives you a distinct advantage in your studies by ensuring you have access to the latest trends, thinking, issues and research. You’ll encounter a wide range of teaching approaches, from lectures and group work to practical sessions and interactive workshops and tutorials. Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements. Assessments We utilise a wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes, such as: exams essay writing practical and laboratory reports presentations peer assessment. What learning facilities can I expect? Extensive and well-equipped laboratories with a variety of equipment designed to support your learning in an industry-relevant environment. 3D computer laboratories for virtual anatomy practicals. Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Computer laboratories and a virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and Aston Library, fully refurbished and equipped for the digital age. Open 24 hours a day at key points throughout the year with a variety of study spaces, academic support advisors on hand and course texts available electronically or in book form.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Biomedical Science, Institute of
  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C900
Institution code:
A80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above). The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. We only consider applications for year 1 entry for this course.


Unistats information

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77%
Student satisfaction
50%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £20100 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,550 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2023 entry. 2024 tuition fees are presently unavailable and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2023 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for 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. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
Biomedical Science at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS