Birmingham City University

Biomedical Sciences Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Delivered in our new £71 million City South Campus with state-of-the-art facilities and labs, you’ll develop a range of practical and analytical skills to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career.

Taught by a dedicated team of scientists with teaching and research expertise covering the whole range of biomedical sciences disciplines, the course offers a unique insight into human life processes, starting at molecular and cell level, and progressing to systems physiology. An emphasis will be on the global impact of disease and infection, and the strategies of the global community to develop new disease detection, prevention and treatment strategies.

Throughout the course, you'll gain competencies in key transferable skills that will enable you to access a range of employment and further study options. You'll have the opportunity to enhance these skills during work-based placements or research-focused projects, enabling you to gain valuable real-life skills and improve your employability.

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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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Must include one of Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Life and Health Sciences at Grade B
Subjects excluded - General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM In Applied Science
Not including Early Years
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall in a Science related pathway. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remaining 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3. Within the level 3 credits, a minimum of 24 must be achieved at merit or distinction including 18 in science or health subjects. Must have Mathematics and English Language GCSE at 4 or equivalent prior to application.
60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remaining 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3. Within the level 3 credits, a minimum of 24 must be achieved at merit or distinction including 18 in science or health subjects. Must have Mathematics and English Language GCSE at 4 or equivalent prior to application.
GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications must be achieved prior to application. GCSE science is not required for Access students.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS AA - EE Must include one of Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Life and Health Sciences at Grade B
subject excluded General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma. Minimum 112 points required
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
Extended Project Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE 3 subjects at grade 4 must include Mathematics, English language and science subjects. Must have been achieved at the point of application.

Acceptable equivalent qualifications:

- BTEC Level 2 Diploma - Science, Applied Science
- BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - Science, Applied Science
- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
- Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Math and English
- Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number or Communication
HNC (BTEC) P Science related subjects
HND (BTEC) P Science related subjects
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted

For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR English Language Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Science related subjects
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents. Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents. Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* In Applied Science
Not including Early Years

Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Applied Science (not including Early Years).
Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In Applied Science (not including Early Years).Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
Must Include Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Must be combined with other acceptable Level 3 qualifications to meet 112 tariff points


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with no subtest below 6.5

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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