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Aston University, Birmingham

Biomedical Science

UCAS Code: C900

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Must include Biology. You must successfully pass the practical elements of all science courses taken.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

Access to Science or Social Sciences considered.

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

D*DD

Applied Science and Forensic Science BTECs considered alongside a Biology A-level.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Biology at Higher Level required.

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

78%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biomedical engineering

Our BSc Biomedical Science course is offered as either a three year course or a four year course with integrated placement year. It offers a springboard for graduates to work within the NHS and other health-related institutions. Practising NHS biomedical scientists require a degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) - an endorsement we have held for over 10 years.During the course, you will gain a deep understanding of the main principles of how the human body works. Going beyond this, you will discover how biomedical scientists find new ways to cure or treat disease by developing advanced diagnostic tools or new therapeutic strategies.If you want to practice as a qualified biomedical scientist within the NHS you will need to obtain a Certificate of Competence awarded by the IBMS. This is achieved by completing your placement in an UKAS accredited NHS clinical pathology laboratory in the West Midlands. Should you secure and successfully complete this placement you will be moved over to our BSc Applied Biomedical Science course. This pathway is approved by the HCPC, the UK regulatory body for biomedical scientists, and graduates will immediately be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as professional biomedical scientist. You will leave the university equipped with the essential knowledge and skills required for a variety of career opportunities. Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of areas or undertake postgraduate courses. Some choose careers as HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists, while others will choose to use their degree as a springboard into a variety of scientific or health related careers, including research, pharmaceutics, medical journalism, teaching, medical sales and marketing.Key course benefits:- Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)- This course has Advanced Degree Accreditation by 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- 94% of BSc Biomedical Science students at Aston were satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS, 2017)- Employed Aston Biological Sciences graduates earn 1,800 (11%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2017)- Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects- Graduates from the four year integrated BSc Applied Biomedical Science degree are eligible to apply to the Health Professions Council (HPC) for registration which enables them to practice as an NHS biomedical scientist.

Modules

Year 1
Discover topics such as microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, inheritance and population genetics, development and human anatomy, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, and biomedical key skills.

Year 2
Study topics such as microbiology, biomedical key skills, immunology, metabolism, molecular genetics, biomedical technology, nutrition and dietetics, endocrinology, human physiology, and molecular pathology.

Placement year (optional)
The placement year is an opportunity to set your studies in context by taking a placement in a hospital, industrial or research laboratory. See website for details of how the placement year can lead to additional accreditation.

Final year
Carry out a research project and study topics such as immunology, biomedical key skills, clinical microbiology and infectious disease, food microbiology, haematology/transfusion science, cellular pathology, medical biochemistry, biological basis of human disease, and applied molecular biology.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,550
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Life and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

Engineering

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.

£25,140
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Engineering professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
5%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biomedical engineering

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

£27k

£27k

£32k

£32k

£32k

£32k

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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