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Applied Biomedical Science (Degree Apprenticeship)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

BBB-ABB from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology plus one other pure Science subject or Mathematics. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.

122-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science), with a minimum of 18 level 3 credits in Biology at Distinction and a minimum of 12 level 3 credits in Chemistry at Distinction. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2-D3,M1,M2

To include Principal Subjects in Biology plus one other Science subject or Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

IB Diploma with 666 at Higher Level, to include Biology plus a second Science subject or Mathematics. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Must be in Applied Science, plus A level Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

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

DDD-DDM

Must be in a Science or Applied Science subject. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Part-time | 2022

Subject

Biomedical sciences

If you work in a supporting role in a pathology lab environment and want to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this 4-year, part-time BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree apprenticeship is for you.

You'll build on your existing knowledge of working in a pathology lab, learning more about how diseases behave and how this can be exploited in the lab to diagnose disease and monitor patients.

You'll learn about the main pathological disciplines and the practical approaches used in their investigations. You'll learn how to interpret data effectively, and have the opportunity to apply what you learn straightaway in your role.

You'll study alongside your existing job, and won't need to pay anything towards your course fees.

When you complete the course successfully, you can apply to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You'll have a vital, in-demand skill set, opening paths to roles from diagnosing illnesses such as COVID–19 to establishing whether a patient and donor are compatible for transplantation.

**What you'll experience**
On this Applied Biomedical Science Degree Apprenticeship course, you'll:

- Learn about the main pathological disciplines, including haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology, clinical biochemistry, histology and immunology

- Develop your skills in interpreting data in a laboratory context

- Have the opportunity to apply for membership to the IBMS, opening up a further portfolio of training courses, and the potential for future professional advancement

- Share your experiences with the wider undergraduate biomedical science community, developing both your independence, and your ability to work in a team

- Improve your communication skills in scientific and analytical writing, learning how to communicate complex scientific concepts to a broad audience

- Learn with a university that has been teaching prospective biomedical science practitioners for more than 40 years

- Continue your full-time job as you study, allowing you to put what you learn in to action in the workplace

- Have access to the University's student support services and community, including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union

- Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor, with 12-weekly reviews of your progress with your tutor and mentor

**Careers and opportunities**
Never has the role of Biomedical Scientists been so prominent and publicly important. Qualification as a Biomedical Scientist gives you the opportunity to make a significant impact on the health of the nation.

Whether it’s testing during a pandemic to enable effective Test, Track and Trace or determining if a patient has active immunity following vaccination, Biomedical Scientists have a significant role to play.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to work in a Band 5 Biomedical Scientist role in areas such as:

Main pathology disciplines, such as haematology, biochemistry, blood transfusion, microbiology, histology or immunology
- Molecular medicine

- Genetics

- Government and professional research

With further training and experience, this qualification allows progression to roles such as:
- Section leader

- Laboratory manager

- Consultant Biomedical Scientist

You'll also be able to continue onto qualification routes such as:
- Master's

- PhD

- Professional Doctorate

- IBMS professional qualifications

- The Scientist Training Programme (STP)

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study modules worth 360 credits over 4 years.

What you'll study
Year 1
Cells to Systems
Experiential 1
Pathological Sciences 1

Year 2
Applied Human Physiology
Biomedical Toolbox
Experiential Practice in Biomedical Science
Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Pathological Sciences 2

Year 3
Experiential 2
Genetic Basis of Disease
Integrated Pathology
Research Methods
Scientific Basis of Disease

Year 4
Experiential 3
Pathological Sciences 3
Projects in Pathology

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

written exams
multiple choice assessments
interpretation of case studies
portfolios of work
written evidence sheets
learning contracts
short video documentary productions
proficiency testing
final year research project
IBMS registration portfolio during years 3 and 4
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science 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

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

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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
72%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£21,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

74%
Health professionals
7%
Health associate professionals
5%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

£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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