Teaching and learning in 2021/22

If government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are required during the 2021/22 academic year, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning, in order to prioritise the safety of students and staff. For more details on changes to this course, see our planned undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,400 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Aimed at Healthcare Science Assistants and Associate Practitioners, this course gives students the opportunity to study part-time to get a qualification in line with current and future healthcare science workforce requirements.

Successful students will be qualified to progress into an appropriate BSc Honours programme. The course combines biomedical science and physiology undergraduate modules with work-based learning modules.

You'll start the course with a study skills module to prepare you for online learning and a range of general course requirements. You'll study modules covering human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and disease investigation.

The course also contains a substantial element of work-based learning aligned to your professional responsibilities in your employing laboratories.

Your coursework will be assessed online, but you'll need to attend University for formal exams.

Top reasons to study with us

  • A flexible approach – flexibility for both students and employers enables a balance between learning and meeting workplace commitments
  • A supportive environment – regular online support from tutors and technical advisers ensures students achieve their best, and regular accredited workshops support our work-based tutors
  • A varied learning experience – combining e-learning, short blocks of face-to-face teaching at the University and substantial work-based learning provide a varied and balanced learning experience

Course structure

Assessments for the course will be undertaken online throughout the course and by attending the University at the end of each academic year.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study:

  • Cell Biology
  • Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Physiology
  • Practice-based Learning

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study:

  • Applied Pathobiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Delivering Healthcare
  • Functional Anatomy

Credit Level 4 and 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Practice-based Learning (40 credits)
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Genetics and Genomics

Credit Level 5

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the IBMS, Institute of Biomedical Science. After completing the course, students will be able to transfer to Year 3 of the accredited Applied Biomedical Science BSc Honours.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

For general enquiries about the course, please email [email protected]

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected]

Careers

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Study while working

This course gives Healthcare Science Assistants and Associate Practitioners the opportunity to study part-time to get a qualification in line with current and future healthcare science workforce requirements.

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Work-based learning

This course features work-based learning aligned to your professional responsibilities in employing laboratories.

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Transferable skills

You'll develop key transferable skills that will benefit you throughout your career.

Career development

Featuring work-based learning aligned to students' professional responsibilities in employing laboratories, this course offers students the opportunity to attain a qualification in line with current and future healthcare science workforce requirements and is a suitable qualification for Agenda for Change, Band 4 Associate Practitioner posts, for those employed in healthcare science.

Those who successfully complete the course may choose to progress to a full BSc award in Applied Biomedical Science, which meets the requirements for direct application to the Health and Care Professions Council Register for Biomedical Scientists.

For diagnostic and non-diagnostic settings, this award meets the education requirements for Registered Scientist applications to the Institute of Science and Technology.

 

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International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Course Team

The tutors delivering and supporting this course have a wealth of experience in academic and work-based teaching and with the use of technology to enhance learning.

Why study this course?

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A flexible approach

The course offers flexibility for both students and employers to enable a balance between learning and meeting workplace commitments.

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A supportive environment

You'll benefit from regular online support from tutors and technical advisers.

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University-based lab learning

One week per year of University-based lab learning is included on the course, ensuring students develop the skills they need to succeed.

Open days

Join us at an open day either on campus or online or information session and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to:

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take an in person virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation
  • Find out more about the courses you are interested in
  • Meet and talk to current students about their experiences

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – One A Level pass in a related science subject
  • International Baccalaureate – N/A
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma – Applied Science
  • Access – Access course in Science

 In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

 If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

You must normally have completed a full Level 3 qualification in line with the University of Westminster’s admissions regulations.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Equivalent qualifications and relevant professional experience will also be considered.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • A levels – One A Level pass in a related science subject
  • International Baccalaureate – N/A
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma – Applied Science
  • Access – Access course in Science

 In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

 If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

You must normally have completed a full Level 3 qualification in line with the University of Westminster’s admissions regulations.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Equivalent qualifications and relevant professional experience will also be considered.

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are an international student accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £2,400 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction of £4,500 per year, which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application. Learning typically falls into three broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Placement: placement hours normally include placement opportunities, but may also include live projects or virtual activity involving employers
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
Year
1
37%63%
2
17%83%
3
54%46%
Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams 
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertation
     
Year
1
25%75%
2
25%75%
3
22%78%
Written exams Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019-20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

Visit our student hub

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Course Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring.

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

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Or you can contact the Course Enquiries Team:

[email protected]

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