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Coventry University

Biomedical Science

UCAS Code: B940

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits of which 15 must be at Distinction in Biology units and 15 at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

to include a minimum of 5 points in Biology at Higher level.

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

DDM

in a Biological Science subject.

UCAS Tariff

120

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83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Biomedical sciences

This professionally accredited degree aims to equip you with the appropriate knowledge and advanced laboratory skills to pursue laboratory careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries or become a Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) registered practitioner.

You’ll be taught by experienced academic staff who have hospital laboratory experience and will bring their professional and research expertise into their teaching through contemporary clinical case studies as the basis for problem based learning activities.

We benefit from extensive links with employers, such as the NHS, university research labs, public health laboratories and biotech companies, such as Binding Site, which can help you to find employment after you graduate. We also focus on student-centred teaching in which you devise and carry out your own laboratory experiments so that you can demonstrate your ability to work independently and solve problems to future employers.

Our practical approach has led to outstanding levels of satisfaction – 100% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS). We prioritise your development of laboratory and other scientific skills, enabling you to learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers.

You will have the opportunity to use diagnostic equipment in haematology and biochemistry, working with instruments you would see in a real clinical laboratory setting. These instruments offer ‘hands on’ experience of techniques such as gene amplification using PCR, gene sequencing, cell culture, flow cytometry, tissue staining, protein detection and bacterial growth.

**Key Course benefits**:

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Opportunity to apply for entry into National Health Service (NHS) and private health careers.
*Applied Biomedical Science is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
*Strong portfolio of research with 61% rated 4 or 3 in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
*High levels of student satisfaction – 100% overall and 92% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
*Teaching links with the local National Health Service (NHS) cardiac rehabilitation team and with staff in hospital diagnostic laboratories.
*Regular guest lecturers from current practitioners employed as biomedical scientists in hospital laboratories to teach areas such as haematology, virology and clinical biochemistry.
*Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using industry standard techniques, which help you stand out in the graduate job market.
*Strong track record for graduate employability – 93% of graduates of this course employed or continuing their studies after six months (DLHE 2014/15). Of those employed, 84% were in professional level roles.
*Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences research centre, which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**Human physiology**: You will have the opportunity to explore the structure and functions of the human body and the ways in which these adapt to our environment. We will examine cause-and-effect mechanisms, comparing healthy and disease states. The course will introduce you to the concept of metabolic and development control, as well as laboratory techniques for the measurement of physiological variables.

**Biochemistry**: We will consider the structure of biological molecules and their functional properties within the cell, together with the action of enzymes, including the basic principles of enzyme kinetics. You will have the opportunity to explore the molecular aspects of human nutrition, digestion and metabolism. The mechanisms of control and integration of metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids at different organisational levels are discussed, together with alterations in metabolism due to genetic predispositions. You will be taught the important role that biochemical investigations play in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, together with the rationale behind routine tests such as electrolyte measurements, metabolite and enzyme assays, with the emphasis on both the underlying pathophysiology and the contribution that these tests make to the diagnosis and to the management of the patient.

**Microbiology**: This course will introduce you to the microbiological world, including aspects of bacterial cell structure and growth, as well as antibiotic action and resistance. We will focus on the biology of medically important micro-organisms and the role they play in health and disease, exploring the structure and function of the defence mechanisms of hosts, specifically the immune responses that are targeted against pathogens. You will have the opportunity to learn about the pathogenicity and epidemiology of selected viruses (e.g. Hepatitis, Influenza, HIV) and infections, the resulting responses, as well as the control and eradication of viral diseases.

**Cell and molecular biology**: Provides an understanding of the structure and functions of mammalian cells and the metabolic processes that occur within them. This course will cover cell division mechanisms, energy metabolism, cell communication and cell defence. You will have the opportunity to learn about genetic inheritance patterns linked to the understanding of DNA replication, transcription and translation, investigating complex genetic disorders such as heart disease and dementia. You will explore cancer from a clinical, biological and epidemiological perspective, examining the cellular and genetic changes that occur during transformation and discussing how inherited susceptibilities can predispose individuals to develop certain cancers. We will teach you about molecular methods for the early detection, monitoring and treatment of various cancers as well as preventative measures.

**Genetics**: This course will cover human genetic disorders, both chromosomal and single gene disorders and complex diseases. We will look at the techniques and theoretical knowledge which has made the recent great strides forward in our understanding of our genes and genome, together with their applications and implications. Genetic predisposition to diseases such diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease will be investigated. You should become familiar with the latest genetic techniques such as gene editing.

Immunology: We will look at aspects of various infectious and non-infectious diseases and health conditions facing the population. We place a particular emphasis on the diagnosis, investigation and treatment of disease, focusing on aspects of clinical immunology including inappropriate or deficient immune responses.

Please be aware that some optional modules may require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance. 

For details about individual modules please visit the course page on 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
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


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£22,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Therapy professionals
12%
Health professionals
5%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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