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Biomedical Sciences with a Modern Language

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A-A,B,B

Typical Contextual Offer: AAB-ABC Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A-level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive. We require grades A*AA-ABB, including two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (the Core Sciences). You must have a minimum of grades AB in at least two Core Sciences and pass the practical assessments in these subjects. If your grades are AAB or higher, with grade A in one Core Science, we will accept a grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or Physical Education in place of the second Core Science. Subjects with overlapping content are not normally considered as separate A-levels; Further Mathematics is not considered alongside Mathematics and Human Biology is not considered alongside Biology. Language entry requirements In addition to the above, each language has specific entry requirements. French: an A-level in French (grade B) or equivalent is required. German: an A-level in German (grade B) or equivalent is required. Spanish: an A-level in Spanish (grade B) or equivalent is required. Italian: an A-level in Italian (grade B) or equivalent is required. Japanese: no prior knowledge of Japanese is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required, eg GCSE grade 7 or A in a foreign language. Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B). Mandarin: no prior knowledge of Mandarin is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required, eg GCSE grade 7 or A in a foreign language. Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B).

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances. In general, we require 60 credits overall, with 45 at level 3. The level 3 units must be made up of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction. We will also consider applications from applicants whose course has allowed only 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology, with the remaining three credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths. We also have specific entry requirements for each language. Please contact us for further information.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3-D3,M1,M1

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A-level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. We require D3, D3, D3 to D3, M1, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U, including two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (the Hard Sciences). You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects. We will accept D3 in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the Hard Sciences. For French, Spanish, Italian and German, you must achieve M1 in your chosen language. Applicants with an acceptable qualification in a foreign language can also be considered for Mandarin and Japanese provided their science subjects include Chemistry. The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions. For further details, please contact [email protected]

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade 4 or C in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language. Please note that if you hold English as a Second Language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact [email protected] clarification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-33

36-33 points overall with 6, 6, 6 to 6, 5, 5 at higher level including two sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry. For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher Level. For degrees with Mandarin or Japanese, 5 points is required in a foreign language at Standard Level. A minimum of 5 points in Chemistry at Standard Level (or higher level) is essential.

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required). Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required). Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required). Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required). Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

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

DD

We consider the National Diploma in Applied Science with Grades DD for entry when it is taken with two A-levels including Grade A in a science subject and a minimum of Grade B in any other subject. Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

We consider the National Extended Certificate in any subject with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required). Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

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

DDD

We consider the National Extended Diploma in Applied Science with Grades DDD for entry when it is taken with one science A-level with Grade A. Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

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

D

We consider the National Foundation Diploma in any subject with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required). Language Entry Requirements In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact [email protected]

Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers with grades AAB-BBB including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry or Two Advanced Highers with grades AA-BB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry, plus two additional Highers with grades AA-BB In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language Scottish Advanced Highers or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require grade A in National 5/grade A in Intermediate 2/grade 1 in Standard Grade Credit level in a foreign language and Scottish Highers Chemistry. For further details, please contact [email protected] . Students with Highers only with grades AAAAA-AABBB may be considered for the Foundation Year. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C/Intermediate 2 grade C/Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact [email protected]

Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers with grades AAB-BBB including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry or Two Advanced Highers with grades AA-BB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry, plus two additional Highers with grades AA-BB In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language Scottish Advanced Highers or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require grade A in National 5/grade A in Intermediate 2/grade 1 in Standard Grade Credit level in a foreign language and Scottish Highers Chemistry. For further details, please contact [email protected] . Students with Highers only with grades AAAAA-AABBB may be considered for the Foundation Year. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C/Intermediate 2 grade C/Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact [email protected]

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and would usually consider it when taken with two science A-levels. The minimum grade required will typically be a B. However, due to the additional language requirement for the degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, this qualification may not form part of your offer conditions. For further details, please contact [email protected]

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Biomedical sciences

Modern languages

Our BSc Biomedical Sciences with a Modern Language course will enable you to develop your language skills while studying a range of medically related disciplines, including physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, cell biology, microbiology, anatomy and histology, genetics, biochemistry and immunology.

You will learn how to apply biology-based science for medical use through research, health monitoring or treatment. You will benefit from the course's strong focus on practical experience, which provides a sound basis for a career at the forefront of medical research, as well as other roles both within and outside the lab.

We offer French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin for the language component of the course, which includes a year abroad on a research placement.

Our course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology , which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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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.

76%
med
Biomedical sciences
64%
low
Modern languages

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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

70%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

71%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

55%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
30%
Health professionals
3%
Therapy professionals

Languages and area studies

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations

This is a broad subject for a variety of European languages. No matter which you take, the general theme is that some graduates go to that country to work, often as English language teachers, some go into further study, often to train as teachers or translators, but most get jobs in the UK in education - most often as language tutors, unsurprisingly, or translators. Modern language grads can also be in demand in business roles where communication and language skills are particularly useful, such as marketing and PR, and in finance or law. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

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.

£22k

£22k

£29k

£29k

£34k

£34k

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.

Languages and area studies

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

£19k

£19k

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

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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