Applied Biomedical Science BSc Honours
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER 2013
|A Levels||BBC to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||MMM/D*D* in Science|
|Access to HE Diploma||54 credits at level 3 with Merits in all Biology and Chemistry modules|
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).
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.
Credit Level 4
Subjects of study include:
- Cell Biology
- Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
- Functional Anatomy
- Human Physiology
- Learning in Professional Practice
Credit Level 5
Subjects of study include:
- Advanced Learning in Professional Practice
- Applied Pathobiology
- Infection and Immunity
- Medical Genetics and Genomics
- Metabolic Biochemistry
- Research Methods
Credit Level 6
Subjects of study include:
- Cellular and Molecular Pathology
- Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
- Diagnostic Biochemistry and Haematology
- Medical Microbiology in the Genomics Era
- Research Project
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.
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.
Biomedical Science 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 Science Foundation Degree, before progressing to the final two years of this degree.
Graduates from Biomedical Sciences have a high employment rate, and are sought by a wide range of employers.
We also have a strong record in preparing graduates for postgraduate study across a range of biomedical and molecular disciplines, as well as postgraduate teacher training.
Major employment areas include:
- diagnostic pathology and clinical laboratories
- NHS Blood and Transplant laboratories
- private pathology laboratories
- Public Health England
- veterinary and agricultural laboratories
- clinical genetics laboratories
- forensic laboratories
- research laboratories in universities
- government or charity-funded research laboratories
- research development for the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices and laboratory instrumentation industries, clinical trials, regulatory affairs (drug registration and patents), and commerce (sales and marketing) related to healthcare and diagnostics products.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
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.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- 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
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
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Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
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Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
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Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
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If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
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Rosanne Sterry-Blunt, BSc Honours Applied Biomedical Science (day release), graduated 2013
Leaving school at eighteen, I was fortunate enough to happen across a job post as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist whist I was going through the slog of job hunting for a gap year. I had no realistic idea of what it entailed but was lucky enough to be offered interview, and somehow got the job. It meant I undertook my studies in BSc Honours Applied Biomedical Science whilst training full-time in the clinical microbiology department at Peterborough District and Peterborough City Hospitals as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist. The academic course was completed on a day-release basis over four years, and shared many of the same modules and content the full-time course offers. The difference being optional modules are replaced with so-called ‘work-based learning’ modules during years one to three. If I had known about the course during sixth form, I am in no doubt that I would have applied full-time.
The course offered everything I was looking for: interactive human-centred biology and pathology. A variety of learning styles and examination formats are catered for and overseen by knowledgeable and friendly staff who want to see students succeed, and this in turn drove my enthusiasm for the course and hard-working ethic; both of paramount importance whilst working and studying. Taking this work-study integrated approach was hugely beneficial and allowed me to become more comfortable with the course content and prepare to qualify as a Biomedical Scientist upon graduation. I completed my degree with first-class honours, and was lucky to be placed on the Dean’s list in year three for outstanding achievement, which meant I was awarded £1,000 from the University (definitely something worth bearing in mind). I was also awarded both the IBMS President’s Prize and Society of Biology’s Top Biosciences student award upon graduation – invaluable additions to my CV.
I have since presented my final year research project at the Federation of Infection Societies conference 2013, and have submitted a paper for publication pending approval of a Journal, accompanied by a £500 bursary from the University for doing so. Having been successfully awarded HCPC registration during the Summer, I am currently beginning my specialist diploma in medical microbiology and hope to pursue further studies soon thereafter. My experience over the past four years has been thoroughly enjoyable and more than I could have wished for to stand me in good stead as I begin the journey of my career.