Course Overview

Attendance
Duration 4 years

Course summary

Applied Biomedical Science represents an integrated approach to the study of human health and disease, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and understanding of disease processes from a medical diagnostic perspective. This course is only open to you if you are employed in a suitable accredited biomedical laboratory able to support work-based learning; you will need a written statement of support from your employer.

The course builds on the practical knowledge developed within the workplace, and provides underpinning knowledge essential to the development of practising biomedical scientists.

Initially you will study the important fundamental sciences, including biochemistry, cell biology, and human anatomy and physiology.

You will develop your understanding of disease processes and the biology of the associated molecular changes, combined with the principles of laboratory procedures used to aid diagnosis.

As the course progresses you will focus increasingly on the complex nature of disease as it affects particular biological systems, and the study of disease processes. You will undertake a major project at Credit Level 6, enabling you to develop the skills required for genuine scientific inquiry.

Teaching includes lectures and seminars, practical laboratory work, group activities and tutorials, and supervised use of facilities. Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework (including essays, practical work, group work, presentations and reports). 

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. Integrated with this programme is the Institute of Biomedical Science Registration Training Portfolio. This must completed by the final year (Year 4).

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Pathobiology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Learning in Professional Practice
  • Medical Genetics and Genomics

Credit Level 4 and 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Learning in Professional Practice
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Research Methods

Credit Level 5 and 6

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
  • Diagnostic Biochemistry and Haematology
  • Medical Microbiology in the Genomics Era
  • Research Project

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), enabling you to fulfil all requirements for HCPC registration and membership of the Institute. This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Entry Requirements

  • A levels – BBC to ABB to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM in Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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 score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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

This course is only open to you if you are employed in a suitable accredited UK biomedical laboratory,  able to support work-based learning. You will need a written statement of support from your employer.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Biomedical and Physiological Sciences Foundation Degree

If you are a healthcare professional in full-time employment in an NHS or private laboratory, but do not have the necessary qualifications for entry into the Applied Biomedical Science BSc Honours, you may choose to study the Biomedical and Physiological Sciences Foundation Degree, before progressing to the final two years of this degree.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects

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

This course is only open to you if you are employed in a suitable accredited UK biomedical laboratory,  able to support work-based learning. You will need a written statement of support from your employer.

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Biomedical and Physiological Sciences Foundation Degree

If you are a healthcare professional in full-time employment in an NHS or private laboratory, but do not have the necessary qualifications for entry into the Applied Biomedical Science BSc Honours, you may choose to study the Biomedical and Physiological Sciences Foundation Degree, before progressing to the final two years of this degree.

Careers

The course builds on the practical knowledge developed within the workplace, and provides underpinning knowledge essential to the development of practising biomedical scientists.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019

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.

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 information 

Students will be required to buy and complete a hard copy portfolio (£150) before starting the course, this is not included in the tuition fee.

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019

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.

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 information 

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

[email protected]

Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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