Biomedical and Physiological Sciences FDSc

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Attendance mode: Open/Distance Learning
Start: 16 September 2017
Duration: 3 or 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

Important tuition fee information – please read.
Price per 20-credit module.

Home/EU: £1,540.00
Overseas: £2,080.00

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.

Please note that the cost provided above is per 20 credit module, students will study 80 credits per year, therefore annual costs for next year are £6,000 for home/EU students and £8,160 for overseas students.

Course content

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.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study:

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

Year 2 (Credit Level 4 and Level 5)

Subjects of study:

  • Applied Pathobiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Delivering Healthcare
  • Functional Anatomy

Year 3 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

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


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 tutor's to enrol on Westminster's Postgraduate Certificate in Work-based Tutoring

Teaching staff

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.


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

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.


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We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

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Career Development Centre

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  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

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