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Biomedical Science

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

AAB-BBB from A levels, to include Biology plus a second Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

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.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2-D3,M1,M2

3 Principal Subjects at M2 M2 M2 - D3 M1 M2. To include Principal Subjects in Biology plus a second Science subject or Mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and either Chemistry (if not taken to A level standard) or Double Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and either Chemistry (if not taken to A level standard) or Double Science.

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).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Biology at H3, plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics at H3.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Must be in Applied Science, plus A level Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDD-DDM

Must be in a Science or Applied Science subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C-B,B,C

CCC-BBC from Advanced Highers, to include Biology plus a second Science subject or Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Biomedical sciences

**Overview**
Biomedical scientists help identify rare diseases, diagnose disease, research disease processes and monitor patients’ treatment. On this degree, you’ll develop the expertise you need to start making your own contribution to the medical advances of the future.

This course is accredited by IBMS – a mandatory requirement if you want to work in the NHS after graduation. It's also accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

On your degree, you’ll learn to diagnose, monitor and manage health conditions. You’ll learn from our outstanding team of biomedical scientists and researchers whose work is shaping the understanding of conditions such as brain tumours. You’ll put your learning into practice in our lab simulation facilities and use microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment to hone your skills.

You’ll have the freedom to choose modules and projects that excite you, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise for health, and bioscience and business.

You’ll also have the chance to take a summer research placement in Europe with an internationally-recognised biomedical research organisation, and the option of a sandwich year in the UK or abroad, where you’ll work in a lab or within the NHS to gain valuable professional experience.

After graduation, you can become a registered Biomedical Scientist in the NHS (after 12 months of work-based learning). You’ll also be ready to follow previous graduates into medical training, dental training, teacher training, research and development within pharmaceutical companies, the NHS Scientist Training programme, and publishing.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you'll:
- Develop in-depth knowledge about the systems of the human body and the diseases that affect it

- Enjoy a combination of theory and practice in disciplines that focus on the function of the immune system (immunology), the blood (haematology), micro-organisms (microbiology), nutrition and genetics

- Investigate the Biomedical Scientist’s role in identifying and studying rare diseases and leading the development of new therapies

- Receive award-winning teaching from influential researchers and Biomedical Scientists

- Get out of the classroom and put your knowledge to the test in our labs, which are kitted out with industry-leading microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment

- Use lab simulation facilities that allow you to practice your skills in environments you'll experience in your career

- Carry out a lab-based research project in your final year – in Portsmouth or at a partner university in Europe

**You can also:**
- Experience the latest professional practice in pathological disciplines on an optional sandwich year in a lab or NHS setting

- Complete work-based learning at an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratory on your sandwich year

- Get involved with and support the department's internationally recognised biomedical research into fields like neuro-oncology (the study of brain and spinal cord cancers)

**Careers and opportunities**
Once you've completed 12 months of work-based learning within an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratory, you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS and private settings.

You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

**What can you do with a Biomedical Science degree?**
Areas you could go onto after the course include:

- Scientific research

- Teaching (with further training)

- Scientific writing

- Medical sales

- Medicine and dentistry (with further training at medical or dental school)

- Becoming a Physician Associate (with further training)

- Postgraduate study or research

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Cells to Systems
- Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
- Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists
- Pathological Sciences 1

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Applied Human Physiology
- Biomedical Toolbox
- Pathological Sciences 2
- Research Methods
- Scientific Basis of Disease

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Business for Biosciences
- Development: How Form and Function Changes
- Nutrition and Exercise for Health

Placement year (optional):
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Genetic Basis of Disease
- Integrated Pathology
- Pathological Sciences 3

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Case Studies in Biomedical Research
- Clinical Case Studies
- Erasmus Plus Project
- Project
- Work Based Learning

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through essays, laboratory reports, workshops, presentations, group work and practical assessment classes.

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.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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What students say


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

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


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

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

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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Higher entry requirements
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