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Biomedical Science with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Overall: CCD We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:3,P:24

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 18 at Distinction, 3 at Merit and and 24 at Pass Required subjects: Access content will be assessed by Faculty Must include 15 level 3 credits in Science. GCSE or Equivalent: Inclusion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalent within Access programme

Extended Project

A

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English and Mathematics grade C (4) (or equivalents may be considered).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Overall: 28 Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: English, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths Studies, SL4.

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

MMM

Overall: MMM Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,D

Overall: CCD Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language and Mathematics grade C

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C,C

Overall: BBCCC Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language and Mathematics grade C

Overall: Pass overall with CCD from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A levels. Applicants taking an A level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Inclusion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalent within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

88-117

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Biomedical sciences

**Foundation courses**
A foundation year can develop your skills and make it easier to get started at university. It is an extra year of study at the start of your course that leads in to a full degree programme. It’s a great option if:

You don’t have the grades for a full degree course
You have non-traditional qualifications or experience
You’re starting university after some time away from education
You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study.

**Life as a foundation year student**
During a foundation year you’ll learn about your chosen subject, develop your study skills and get used to university life. On successful completion of your foundation year, you’ll be ready to progress to the first year of your degree course.

As a foundation year student, you’ll be a full student of the University and part of our community. You’ll have access to all our campus facilities and support.

**Why choose this course**
- Select modules tailored to your interests, including advanced technologies in gene expression, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology.

- Access our £10 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory to use equipment used by the NHS and research labs across the world.

- Gain industry experience through our Professional Training placements and work with one of our partners who offer roles exclusively to students aspiring to become biomedical scientists.

- Complete an integrated masters, which incorporates an additional research-focused year of study, to prepare you for a technical research career in industry or academia.

- Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a biomedical scientist in the NHS once you’ve graduated.

**What you will study**
In your first year, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to biomedical science, including bacteriology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, human physiology, microbiology and physiology, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree.

During your second year, you’ll explore analytical biochemistry, pathology and virology. You’ll also have the option to study pharmacology, to gain an understanding of the effect drugs have on the various systems in our bodies, or microbial communities, learning about antimicrobial resistance and biofilms.

In your third year, you’ll select two modules, exploring topics such as advanced pharmacology, circadian rhythms, immunology, microbial sciences and toxicology. You’ll study these alongside compulsory modules investigating cancer pathogenesis and treatment, the epidemiology of infectious diseases, our immune system and immunohaematological diseases, and pathogen interactions. You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a supervisor to conduct your own scientific research project, performing experiments, and critically evaluating data and literature.

Modules

To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

Extra funding

Applicants who require a Student Visa to study in the UK:
To apply for a Student Visa, students must have a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) for the University they wish to study at. This is a unique number which will enable students to apply for their visa. The University is under no legal obligation to sponsor any individual and exercises caution with respect to issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to not risk its status as a Student sponsor.

Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) will issued in accordance with the Visa Sponsorship and CAS Issuing Policy, available at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies

The Uni


Course location:

Stag Hill

Department:

FHMS - School of Biosciences and Medicine

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biomedical sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


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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
99%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

71%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
9%
Health professionals
5%
Health associate professionals

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