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Sheffield Hallam University

Biomedical Sciences with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A049

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent Science at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

64

From A levels including at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies. For example: CC at A Level MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Biomedical sciences

**Course summary**
• Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
• Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a biomedical scientist.
• Apply the latest biological science to fields such as medical diagnosis of disease and illness.
• Research the causes and treatment of disease.
• Choose to transfer onto the MSci qualification.

Gain a broad-based education in biomedical sciences, its application and an insight into the impact of biomedical science within the clinical setting and scientific industry.

Optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two of the BSc route.
How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other biosciences and chemistry foundation year students, then move on to the degree.
You experience a vibrant, challenging and supportive range of learning activities as you progress through the course. The overall aim of the programme is to give you sound preparation for a career in biomedical science.

You learn through
• lectures and seminars
• workshops
• laboratory classes
• mini-projects
• work placements

In the foundation year, you’ll attain the academic and practical skills required for level 4 study. You’ll build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical lab sessions. You’ll also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities — ensuring that you’re fully prepared to begin as an undergraduate.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. We have excellent links with a range of NHS hospitals such as Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Rotherham General Hospital and organisations such as Hammersmith Medical.

There are also placement opportunities for those interested in a career in industry or research, for example at Abbot Diagnostics, University of Sheffield research laboratories or Quotient Bioresearch. If you study abroad or do your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

**Networking opportunities**
We have extra-curricular career-focused activities such as careers and job fairs, employer events, mentoring schemes, internship opportunities, volunteering and leadership awards.

**Accreditation**
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBS) and approved as a preliminary qualification for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration with the HCPC is required for employment as a biomedical scientist in hospital laboratories.
If you are employed in an approved NHS training laboratory and complete appropriate training, the IBS can assess you for a Certificate of Competence. This with your honours degree, means you can register with the HCPC after you graduate

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
Year 1
Compulsory modules
Biology: Cells And Molecules - 20
Biology: Organs And Systems - 20
Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules - 20
Chemistry: Energy And Reactions - 20
Maths 20
Skills Development 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Bioanalytical Methods - 20
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology - 20
Human Physiology And Anatomy - 20
Introduction To Biomedical Science - 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs - 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills - 20
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Biomedical Investigations - 20
Genes To Proteins, Biochemistry In Action - 20
Immunology And Microbiology - 20
Pathological Basis Of Disease - 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 - 40
Final year
Compulsory modules
Biomedical Investigations - 20
Immunology And Microbiology - 20
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry - 20
Pathological Basis Of Disease - 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 - 40

Assessment methods

Examinations
Coursework

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


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Medical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

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£22,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
16%
Therapy professionals
9%
Health professionals

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