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Course summary

OVERVIEW The BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedcal Science is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Biomedical Sciences is a key subject area encompassing all areas of biology related to human health and disease. This highly topical, dynamic area is continually advancing, contributing important benefits not only to the health of individuals and the nation, but also to the economic activity and well-being of nations. This degree will provide you with a broad understanding of the scientific basis of human health and disease. IN addition to your developmed knowledge in biomedical science, you wil be prepared for roles which require you exercise professionalism, independent thought, personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances The degree is uderpinned by a number of related sciences, including: biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistical modelling, and information technology. You will then progress to study more advanced biomedical science subjects including: biochemistry, human anatomy, physiology, genetics, immunology, microbiology etc. Biomedical scientists play an essential role in the identification of diseases and improving the provision of healthcare; this degree prepares you for a rewrding and exciting career in this field. PRACTICAL FOCUS Successfully completing the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree is dependent upon successful completion of an assessed and embedded 15-week work placement in an approved clinical laboratory during Year 3 of study. These laboratory placements are competitive and dependent upon availability. The inclusion of the embedded and external laboratory placement is neccessary to satisfy the professional bodies for accreditation purposes. If you are unsuccessful in securing and completing this placement element, you may still complete your studies but exit with a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION The BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) - the leading professional body for biomedical scientists, support staff and students. The degree is also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the UK regulator which protects the public by maintaining a register of health and care professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. It regulates and protects a number of health and care professions, including biomedical scientists. As an accredited course, this course meets the academic requirements to become registered as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs UWS biomedical scoence graduates are well qualified to enter a range of related medical professions, providing you meet the requirements of the employer and employment opportunities, including:   // NHS hospital laboratories // Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service laboratories // Health Protection Agency laboratories // research & development laboratories for the medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary and food sectors // primary and secondary teaching Further Study UWS Applied Biomedical Science graduates can continue their studies to MSc and PhD level. Some graduates undertake further study in related disciplines including pharmacy, medicine and dentistry.


In Year 1, you will complete modules in biology and chemistry, which will underpin your knowledge and understanding throughout your degree. You will also learn how to critically evaluate scientific data and information and conduct statistical analysis using computer technology. In Year 2, you will be introduced to the themes that make up biomedical science including clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science, microbiology and cellular pathology. In Year 3, you will complete modules in clinical chemistry, cellular and molecular pathology, haematology, immunology and medical microbiology. Teaching includes expert tuition from NHS biomedical scientists. In Year 4, you will study specialist aspects of biomedical science at an advanced level. You will also complete an in-depth research dissertation in a biomedical topic of your choice.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.  You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.  This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:  // Written examinations // Coursework // Practical assessment

Professional bodies

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

  • Biomedical Science, Institute of
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1 entry: SWAP (BBB) Access to Medicine; Access to Science; Access to Biological and Chemical Science; Access to Chemistry and Biology; Access to Health and Biological Science; Access to Dietetics; Access to Health and Life Sciences; Access to Radiography.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: This course is not open to non-EU, EEA, or EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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Applied Biomedical Science at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS