Aston University, Birmingham

Biomedical Science Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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Our BSc 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. Practising 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 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)

  • This course has Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future

  • 94% of BSc Biomedical Science students at Aston were satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS, 2017)

  • Employed Aston Biological Sciences graduates earn £1,800 (11%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2017)

  • 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

  • Graduates from the four year integrated BSc Applied Biomedical Science degree are eligible to apply to the Health Professions Council (HPC) for registration which enables them to practice as an NHS biomedical scientist.

Course details


Year 1
Discover topics such as microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, inheritance and population genetics, development and human anatomy, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, and biomedical key skills.

Year 2
Study topics such as microbiology, biomedical key skills, immunology, metabolism, molecular genetics, biomedical technology, nutrition and dietetics, endocrinology, human physiology, and molecular pathology.

Placement year (optional)
The placement year is an opportunity to set your studies in context by taking a placement in a hospital, industrial or research laboratory. See website for details of how the placement year can lead to additional accreditation.

Final year
Carry out a research project and study topics such as immunology, biomedical key skills, clinical microbiology and infectious disease, food microbiology, haematology/transfusion science, cellular pathology, medical biochemistry, biological basis of human disease, and applied molecular biology.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - BBB Must include Biology at A-level.
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.
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 AABBB Biology to be taken at higher level.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English Language all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 - 32 points 32 - 31 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 – 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include Biology. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English Language.
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.
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.
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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Clearing contact details

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Course contact details

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LHS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3302