Applied Biomedical Science (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

If you work in a supporting role in a pathology lab environment and want to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this 4-year, part-time BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree apprenticeship is for you. You'll build on your existing knowledge of working in a pathology lab, learning more about how diseases behave and how this can be exploited in the lab to diagnose disease and monitor patients. You'll learn about the main pathological disciplines and the practical approaches used in their investigations. You'll learn how to interpret data effectively, and have the opportunity to apply what you learn straightaway in your role. You'll study alongside your existing job, and won't need to pay anything towards your course fees. When you complete the course successfully, you can apply to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You'll have a vital, in-demand skill set, opening paths to roles from diagnosing illnesses such as COVID–19 to establishing whether a patient and donor are compatible for transplantation. What you'll experience On this Applied Biomedical Science Degree Apprenticeship course, you'll:

  • Learn about the main pathological disciplines, including haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology, clinical biochemistry, histology and immunology
  • Develop your skills in interpreting data in a laboratory context
  • Have the opportunity to apply for membership to the IBMS, opening up a further portfolio of training courses, and the potential for future professional advancement
  • Share your experiences with the wider undergraduate biomedical science community, developing both your independence, and your ability to work in a team
  • Improve your communication skills in scientific and analytical writing, learning how to communicate complex scientific concepts to a broad audience
  • Learn with a university that has been teaching prospective biomedical science practitioners for more than 40 years
  • Continue your full-time job as you study, allowing you to put what you learn in to action in the workplace
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community, including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor, with 12-weekly reviews of your progress with your tutor and mentor
Careers and opportunities Never has the role of Biomedical Scientists been so prominent and publicly important. Qualification as a Biomedical Scientist gives you the opportunity to make a significant impact on the health of the nation. Whether it’s testing during a pandemic to enable effective Test, Track and Trace or determining if a patient has active immunity following vaccination, Biomedical Scientists have a significant role to play. When you graduate, you'll be ready to work in a Band 5 Biomedical Scientist role in areas such as: Main pathology disciplines, such as haematology, biochemistry, blood transfusion, microbiology, histology or immunology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Genetics
  • Government and professional research
With further training and experience, this qualification allows progression to roles such as:
  • Section leader
  • Laboratory manager
  • Consultant Biomedical Scientist
You'll also be able to continue onto qualification routes such as:
  • Master's
  • PhD
  • Professional Doctorate
  • IBMS professional qualifications
  • The Scientist Training Programme (STP)


Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study modules worth 360 credits over 4 years. What you'll study Year 1

  • Cells to Systems (DA) (20 credits)
  • Experiential 1 (DA) (40 credits)
  • Pathological Sciences 1 (DA) (20 credits)
Year 2
  • Experiential Practice in Biomedical Science (DA) (20 credits)
  • Practical Biomedical Science in Practise (DA) (20 credits)
  • Barriers to Disease, Immunity and Immune Dysfunction (DA) (20 credits)
  • Experiential 2 (DA) (20 credits)
  • Pathological Sciences 2 (DA) (20 credits)
Year 3
  • Experiential 3 (DA) (40 credits)
  • Professional Practise in Biomedical Science (DA) (20 credits)
  • Genetic Basis of Disease (DA) (20 credits)
  • Integrated Pathology (DA) (20 credits)
Year 4
  • Experiential 4 (DA) (20 credits)
  • Pathological Sciences 3 (DA) (20 credits)
  • Projects in Pathology (DA) (40 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed. This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through: written exams multiple choice assessments interpretation of case studies portfolios of work written evidence sheets learning contracts short video documentary productions proficiency testing final year research project IBMS registration portfolio during years 3 and 4 You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

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

  • Biomedical Science, Institute of

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is available to UK/EU applicants only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you will be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

Health checks

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.


All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.


All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.


All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form.

English language requirements

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Please see for further information.
Applied Biomedical Science (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS