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Aston University, Birmingham

Biomedical Science

UCAS Code: C900

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB in three A level subjects including Biology. Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. BBC in three A level subjects including Biology and B in either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). BCC in three A level subjects including Biology for our contextual offer scheme (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaI¬offer). We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include Biology. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in A-Level Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade C in A-Level Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must be Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade BC in two A levels of which one must be Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in A-Level Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade C in A-Level Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must be Biology. Contextual offer students must also achieve grade BC in two A levels of which one must be Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

Biology at Higher Level required.

UCAS Tariff

120-135

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Biomedical sciences

Our dual Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and Royal Society of Biology (RSB) accredited Biomedical Science degree focuses on current clinical practice. It has been designed to provide you with the necessary academic requirements to allow you apply to become a registered Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

It covers a range of disciplines including microbiology, physiology and immunology, as well as common aspects of medicine and care, such as blood transfusions; and explores the impact on the human body on things like exercise, temperature, and disease.

During your time on the course you could get to:
- Undertake liver function tests

- Learn how to set up and read an ECG

- Determine your own blood group

- Undertake research to explore new clinical treatments

- Practice key techniques used in pathology laboratories like preparing and staining tissue samples, and examining serum samples.

By studying at Aston, you’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience in the NHS or industry through an optional placement year: giving you the platform for a career that saves and transforms lives.

Designed to make you stand out in the graduate crowd, you could undertake a placement in a hospital, industrial or research laboratory, or in a non-laboratory setting. Our students have completed placements in clinical trial companies, research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, medical sales, biotechnology companies and NHS organisations.

Key course benefits:

- Dual accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

- Top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (Biological Sciences, Sunday Times, 2021).

- Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.

- Top 20 in the UK for satisfaction with teaching (Biosciences, Guardian University Guide, 2020).

- 92% of BSc Biomedical Science students were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey, 2020).

- Top 35 in the UK for Biosciences graduate salaries three years after graduation (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data, 2020).

Modules

Year 1
Learn from a range of bioscience academics and complete a number of specialist sessions with practicing biomedical scientists. You’ll study the key biology topics that will form the basis of your biomedical science education, preparing you for specialist modules in later years. You will also develop the knowledge to undertake laboratory work safely. Core modules: Biomolecules, Cells to Systems, Microbiology and Genetics, and Metabolism and Physiology for Biomedical Science

Year 2
Study new specialist subject areas and revisit previously studied topics at a deeper level. You’ll learn how to select appropriate experimental approaches and test hypotheses, in addition to participating in Problem Based Learning (PBL), where you (as part of a group) will be set a problem and asked to provide a solution through independent research. Core modules: Clinical Sciences, Mechanisms of Pathology, Cell Signalling and Physiology, and Clinical Genetics and Human Disease.

Placement year (optional)
The optional placement year gives you the opportunity to gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. You will get the chance to undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings.

Final year
Acquire the skills required to undertake an individual original research project, study a small number of advanced topics, in addition to critically reflecting on the enhancement of patient care and the importance of codes and acts in biomedical science. Core modules: Immunology and Inflammation, Clinical and Food Microbiology, Research Project Preparation, Research Project, and Professional Skills for Biomedical Scientists.In addition you will complete one optional module.

For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

As a biomedical science student, you will be taught by experts in their field of biosciences about topics they have a passion for. You’ll encounter a wide range of teaching approaches, from lectures and group work to practical sessions and interactive workshops and tutorials. We utilise a wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes, such as: exams, essay writing, practical and laboratory reports, presentations, and peer assessment.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Biosciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

60%
low
Biomedical sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biomedical sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
29%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Subjects allied to medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,440
low
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
0%
Health associate professionals
0%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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