The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Biomedical Science

Why choose this course?

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This extremely popular course opens up opportunities for entry into a variety of careers associated with the field of biomedical science. Throughout the programme specialist knowledge is steadily introduced in the areas of anatomy and physiology, disease biology, molecular pathology and cell biology. Building upon these core topics the course then focuses upon each of the main pathology disciplines, expanding your appreciation of the role of biomedical science in the understanding of disease presentation, diagnosis, prognosis and choice of patient treatment. An appreciation of good professional practice and the development of essential employability skills required for today’s competitive job market are also embedded in the course.

Important practical techniques that will be covered on the course include DNA analysis, antibiotic resistance, tissue identification, blood grouping and coagulation tests. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake an honours research project in your final year, allowing you to develop your skills further in an area of interest to you.

Opportunities exist for students on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course to undertake work placements in an NHS hospital laboratory. Students who are successful in obtaining placements will be eligible to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science.

Please note: Students cannot directly apply at admission for entry to this route. Students are only transferred to this route of study after successful completion of the competitive entry process. The number of placements is limited and therefore you cannot be guaranteed a place on this course

· Find out more about how you'll study Biomedical Science & Physiology

There is also an opportunity for you to study medicine (MD degree). The University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA) School of Medicine and University of Wolverhampton offer a combined BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and MD degree Programme that enables you to be accepted to both the Biomedical Science and Medical School courses through a single joint admission process. This program enables students to begin the Basic Science curriculum of the medical program prior to completing the requirements of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme. Awarding of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is contingent upon successful completion of both the prescribed BMed Sci undergraduate and Medical School curriculum requirements. Please note: that Student Finance England will not currently fund the Antigua part of this programme.

Completion of the collaborative BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course and MD degree course will make you eligibility to take the General Medical Council licensing exams, the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB), to enable you to practise as a medical doctor in the UK. If you wish to practice as a doctor in the U.S. or in Canada, you will also be eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) in the U.S. and the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) in Canada.

Studies for the medical degree consist of two major areas - Basic Science Courses and Clinical Science Rotations. During the Basic Science portion of the medical curriculum, students come to the UHSA campus in Antigua for 8 weeks each summer following the academic year at University of Wolverhampton. At the end of the third summer, students will be required to attend an additional year of Basic Science studies at UHSA in Antigua. The clinical rotations begin when the student has obtained the BSc degree and successfully completed all basic science courses at UHSA.

links to http://www.uhsa.ag/ University of Health Sciences Antigua website

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What happens on the course?

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Your first year will provide you with a sound grounding in all basic science subjects and includes topics such as the form and function of the human body, disease biology, cell biology and genetics plus microbiology and immunology.

You will then progress to examine human physiology, molecular pathology, and the biology and investigation of disease, also undertaking practical sessions. After your second year of study, you may choose to take up an optional additional work placement year and move onto the Applied Biomedical Science route. Selection for this opportunity is highly competitive and provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain both valuable laboratory experience and complete the Institute of Biomedical Science’s Registration Training Portfolio, before continuing into your final year. Here, you will undertake a research project and also study key clinical laboratory disciplines, including cellular pathology and clinical genetics, haematology and transfusion science, clinical biochemistry and immunology, and medical microbiology.


information for Biomedical Sciece/MD applicants:

There is an opportunity to study medicine (MD degree). Our Combined Biomedical Science pathway provides you with a route to gaining a Medical Doctorate. This route gives you the opportunity to become a medical doctor.

The University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA) School of Medicine and University of Wolverhampton offer a combined BSc Biomedical Science and MD degree Program that enables you to be accepted to both the Biomedical Science and Medical School courses through a single joint admission process. This program enables students to begin the Basic Science curriculum of the medical program prior to completing the requirements of the BSc in Biomedical Science. Awarding of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree is contingent upon successful completion of both the prescribed Biomedical Science undergraduate and Medical School curriculum requirements. The coursework of the two institutions is separate. The BSc degree is awarded entirely by University of Wolverhampton and the MD degree is awarded entirely by UHSA.

Studies for the medical degree consist of two major areas - Basic Science Courses and Clinical Science Rotations. During the Basic Science portion of the medical curriculum, students come to the UHSA campus in Antigua for 8 weeks each summer following the academic year at University of Wolverhampton. At the end of the third summer, students will be required to attend an additional year of Basic Science studies at UHSA in Antigua. The clinical rotations begin when the student has obtained the BSc degree and successfully completed all basic science courses at UHSA.

Why Wolverhampton?

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  • Study in the state of the art Rosalind Franklin Science facility
  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), so all our graduates meet the academic requirements for entry into the biomedical science profession
  • Dedicated staff, many of whom are Fellows of the IBMS. In addition, the course leader is an HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist with many years’ experience in practice
  • Practical classes supported by biomedical scientists from local NHS trusts: application of techniques to practice.
  • Teaching is underpinned by research: In the last REF, the University of Wolverhampton was ranked at its highest ever level.
  • Current advances in technology supported learning and teaching approaches embedded throughout the course, ensuring that all students meet their full potential during their studies.

Career path

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As a biomedical scientist you will have developed a broad range of skills and knowledge which will prepare you for a career within a range of professions. Recent graduates have successfully obtained employment as biomedical scientists within a range of different pathology laboratories, as laboratory technicians in colleges and universities, and as trainee teachers. The broad range of skills can lead to careers with a wide range of employers including: the NHS, government departments, HM Armed Forces and medical sales companies. The award also provides an ideal background for graduate entry to Medical School and the NHS Scientist Training Programme.In addition, many of our graduates carry on their studies with entry onto Masters awards or PhDs.

Students completing the combined BSc/MD course will be able to complete their professional exams to allow them to practice medicine


Information for Biomedical Science/MD applicants:

Completion of the collaborative BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course and MD degree course will give you the opportunity to become a doctor. You will obtain an MD degree from the University of Health Sciences in Antigua which will give you eligibility to take the General Medical Council licensing exams, the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB), to enable you to practise as a medical doctor in the UK. If you wish to practice as a doctor in the U.S. or in Canada, you will also be eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) in the U.S. and the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) in Canada.

What skills will you gain?

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This course will:

· Enable students to develop their knowledge of the aetiology of disease with its presentation, diagnosis and treatment through the study of underpinning scientific subjects and through the study of biomedical science specialist subjects

· Develop scientific, intellectual and practical skills to provide graduates with the abilities to plan and carry out laboratory investigations in biomedical science and to evaluate evidence underpinning practice

· Foster the development of the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the exercise of professionalism, personal responsibility and decision-making

Who accredits this course?

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Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above

Plus Either

  • A minimum of 240 points from at least two A Levels or equivalent
  • Post-16 qualifications should include at least one science subject at A2 Level, preferably Biology
  • Achieve the Access to HE Diploma gaining 60 credits in total with at least 45 credits achieved at level 3, of which 36 credits must be in science based units at level 3: at least 27 of these credits must be achieved at Merit or above and 9 credits with Pass or above.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade MMM or BTEC National Diploma grade DD.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BSc (Hons) Science and Engineering with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • >Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering guarantees entry on to this course

Admissions criteria for the collaborative BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and MD degree

Information for Biomedical Science/MD applicants:

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • A minimum of 320 UCAS points from three A levels (must include at least grade B for Biology and at least grade B for Chemistry)
  • A minimum of 320 points from an A level Double Award in Applied Science (must have grade BB)
  • BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science with DDM (must include at least six merits in the final year, excluding common skills).
  • The English Language Testing System (IELTS) standard required is 7.0 overall with a score of 7.0 in each component (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a selection interview.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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