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University of Plymouth

Biomedical Science

UCAS Code: B900

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

Entry requirements


112 - 128 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 3 A Levels. Including Grade B in Biology/Human Biology and Grade B in second science which can be Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Applied Science or Environmental Science/Studies . General Studies is excluded.

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Science based) with 30 credits at Distinction, including 15 in Biology and 15 in Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The remaining 15 Level 3 credits must be at Merit or above.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

To include Grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level and Grade 5 in Chemistry, Maths, Applied Science or Environmental Science or Physics at Higher Level. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

To include H2 in Biology and H3 in Chemistry. Can consider Maths or Physics if not studying Chemistry - please refer to institution. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

DDM

Dependant on Science units within.

Considered in combination

128 UCAS Tariff points including Advanced Highers Grade B in Biology and Grade B in in second science which can be Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Applied Science or Environmental Science/Studies . General Studies is excluded. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

Including a minimum of 3 A Levels, Including Grade B in Biology/Human Biology and Grade B in second science which can be Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Applied Science or Environmental Science/Studies . General Studies is excluded.

Considered in combination.

98%
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

Experience research-informed education by exploring the scientific basis of human health, disease and therapeutics. You'll benefit from a rich and varied learning environment that highlights recent developments and examines how these inform clinical and diagnostic practice. Receive the input of internationally-recognised researchers and NHS staff and open up a range of employment opportunities in both industrial and public research laboratories.

You will stand out with a degree accredited by the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS). You’ll develop practical skills, critical thinking and professional competence. You will enjoy our unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience more with an optional placement year.

* Stand out with a degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

* Develop practical skills, critical thinking and professional competence.

* Taught components of the course are enriched by the varied research activities of staff within the school.

* Experience more with an optional placement year.

* Gain a positive learning experience within a work setting that will support your studies and future employability – the school offers 12 work placements between Stage 2 and the final year of your programme.

* Ten research summer placements are available between the first and second year and 20 between the second and final year. These competitive placements are available for students who demonstrate excellent performance in their studies and allow students to gain valuable research experience within the Biomedical Research Group.

* This course has competitive entry for up to five ring-fenced places at the end of stage one for progression onto medicine and dentistry. Applicants must meet minimum academic requirements for consideration. e.g A levels - Minimum of AAB to include Biology + Chemistry. Remaining grade subjects must not include General Studies.

After the course:

With regards career options, in addition to the five ring-fenced places for transfer to medicine and dentistry after year 1 for BMS or HB, we also have the additional route for graduates of all our undergraduate programmes.

The programme also has an enhanced admissions process for medicine and dentistry.

Modules

In your first year, you'll start building a foundation for future learning. You'll develop key skills in communication, data acquisition and analysis.

In your second year, you'll focus on developing a deeper understanding of core biomedical disciplines,? with an emphasis on the scientific understanding of pathological processes and diagnostic practice. You'll examine key laboratory techniques and acquire research skills.

You have the option to take up a work placement as part of your degree course. This is usually done as a six or 12 month placement at the end of your second year.

Your final year will support your critical thinking and enhance your practical competency. A personal research project allows you to study an area of biomedicine in detail. You will have a choice of research-led topics that discuss current developments and the implications for human health and clinical practice.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

57% of assessment is by coursework, 36% is by exams and 7% is through practical assessment.

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
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Biomedical Sciences

TEF rating:

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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.

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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
96%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Therapy professionals
28%
Health professionals
18%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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