Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2018

Gain an understanding of human health and the causes, prevention and treatment of disease. You’ll be prepared for roles in biomedical research.

Studying Biomedical Sciences you will explore all aspects of modern biosciences related to humans. You’ll develop fundamental scientific and experimental skills, preparing you for a career as a practical scientist in biomedical research. The curriculum is focussed on research across a broad range of topics, including human genetics and genomics, physiology, cancer biology, pathology, anatomy, immunology, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and pharmacology.

In the first two years you will study a set of core units from the Departments of Biology & Biochemistry, Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Health. This will give you a broad practical knowledge base of biomedical sciences. This is enhanced in the second year with optional units.

In the final year you’ll have the opportunity to carry out research within either the Department of Biology & Biochemistry or Health. You will also be able to choose from a broad range of final year units to complement the areas of biomedical sciences in which you are most interested.

This course has a flexible, research-focused curriculum and is not intended for subsequent registration by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2021. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 25% of your time in a lecture or seminar setting and 75% of your time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
Cerian Williams
“It wasn’t until I visited Bath that I realised the broad range of options a course in Biomedical Sciences offers. The course consists of interesting modules which I can tailor to my own interests.”
Cerian Williams

BSc Biomedical Sciences with placement year (2019)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying biomedical sciences. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, areas of interest from your current studies or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.

You will need a strong performance in both Biology and Chemistry as part of your entry qualifications.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAA or A*AB

AAA or A*AB including A in Biology and Chemistry

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A level

AAB

AAB including grade A in Biology and Chemistry plus one of the following:

  • Grade A in an EPQ
  • Grade B in the Welsh Bacc Skills Challenge Certificate
  • Grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 or 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering), with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include at least 30 credits achieved at Distinction from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) units, of which at least 9 credits must be from Biology units and 9 credits must be from Chemistry units.

BTEC

Typical offer:
D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science.

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Applied Science. It is important that your combination of optional units has an appropriate mix of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics content to prepare you for our course. 'Unit 7: Mathematical Calculations for Science' is essential unless you have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. If we make you an offer, we may specify particular units in which you will need to achieve Distinctions. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of your optional units before making an application.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D3, D3, D3 or D2, D3, M1 including grade D3 in Biology and Chemistry.

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, M1 including grade D3 in Biology and Chemistry plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you apply with one of the above project qualifications you should receive both the typical and alternative offer.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • S104: Exploring Science
  • S215: Chemistry: Essential Concepts and Level 2 unit/s in Biology

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed above: please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Chemistry and Biology unit.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • AA in A level Biology and Chemistry plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF). We cannot consider BTEC qualifications in Applied Science alongside Biology and Chemistry A levels.
  • AA at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Biology and Chemistry.
  • AA at A level plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate including Biology and Chemistry. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
  • AA in A level Biology and Chemistry plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies. While we can consider this qualification as an equivalent to a third A level, please see the information above for guidance about preferred subjects.

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    55TG
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
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