Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,080 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* This is the price per 20-credit module. Students will study 80 credits per year.

Course summary

Aimed at Healthcare Science Assistants and Associate Practitioners, this course will provide an opportunity to study part-time in order to obtain 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 will study modules containing human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and disease investigation. However, you will start the course with a study skills module to prepare you for online learning and a range of general course requirements. The course also contains a substantial element of work-based learning aligned to your professional responsibilities in your employing laboratories. Your course work will be assessed online, but you will need to attend University for formal examinations.

Teaching

Special features of the course include:

  • flexibility for both students and employers to enable a balance between learning at Westminster and meeting workplace commitments
  • regular online support from tutors and technical advisers
  • flexible delivery, combining e-learning, short blocks of face-to-face teaching at Westminster and substantial work-based learning
  • regular accredited workshops for supporting work-based tutors
  • the opportunity for tutors to enrol on Westminster's Postgraduate Certificate in Work-based Tutoring

Assessment

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

Course structure

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

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.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

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

  • One A Level pass in a related science subject
  • NCVQ recognised awards, including relevant GNVQ at Level 3
  • AVCE Science (single award)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in 5 subjects at Higher level
  • Pass in a link Foundation course
  • BTEC/SCOTVEC National Certificate/Diploma in Science.

Equivalent qualifications and relevant professional experience will  also be considered.

Overseas applicants will be required to have passed IELTS at level 6 or equivalent.

All applicants will be assessed by interview.

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

  • One A Level pass in a related science subject
  • NCVQ recognised awards, including relevant GNVQ at Level 3
  • AVCE Science (single award)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in 5 subjects at Higher level
  • Pass in a link Foundation course
  • BTEC/SCOTVEC National Certificate/Diploma in Science.

Equivalent qualifications and relevant professional experience will  also be considered.

Overseas applicants will be required to have passed IELTS at level 6 or equivalent.

All applicants will be assessed by interview.

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Careers

The course is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science and suitable for anyone employed in a scientific diagnostic, research or production setting.

For those employed in healthcare science, the Foundation Degree in Biomedical and Physiological Sciences is a suitable qualification for Agenda for Change, Band 4 Associate Practitioner posts. 

Those who successfully complete the course may choose to progress to a full BSc award in Applied Biomedical Science or Biomedical Sciences, the former meeting 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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  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
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  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (this is the price per 20-credit module. students will study 80 credits per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

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: £2,080 (this is the price per 20-credit module. students will study 80 credits per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

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.

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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