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University of the West of Scotland

Biomedical Science BSc Hons (Sandwich)

UCAS Code: B940

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Including Biology or Human Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Including Biology or Human Biology

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

H3,H3,H3,H4

Including Biology or Human Biology

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

Including Biology or Human Biology

UCAS Tariff

102

Including Biology or Human Biology

91%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5years

Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Counselling

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of the NHS and develop biomedical scientists who play a vital role in modern healthcare. UWS works in partnership with NHS laboratories and the Health and Care Professions Council to equip you with the theory and practical skills necessary to become a biomedical scientist.A 12-month optional placement is available to students undertaking Biomedical Science. Biomedical Science graduates start at a slightly lower grade and undertake training while employed in the NHS. Our graduates can be found in teaching (primary and secondary), research, nursing and often undertake further study in pharmacy, medicine and dentistry.BSc Hons Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.Career prospectsHCPC registered Biomedical Scientists working within the NHS have the same standing as other healthcare professions such as pharmacy, radiography and physiotherapy. Applied Biomedical Science graduates can immediately gain positions as Biomedical Scientists with starting salaries typically around 24,000 per annum. Biomedical Science graduates start at a slightly lower grade and undertake training while employed in the NHS. Our graduates can be found in teaching (primary and secondary), research, nursing and often undertake further study in subjects such as pharmacy, medicine and dentistry. Placement/Work-based learningA 12-month optional placement is available to students undertaking our Biomedical Science degree. Applied Biomedical Science students undertake a compulsory 15-week work placement in a hospital laboratory*.Study abroadStudents have undertaken research projects in Portugal through the ERASMUS+ projectProfessional recognitionThe BSc Honours Biomedical Science and BSc Honours Applied Biomedical Science programmes are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The BSc Honours Applied Biomedical Science is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), ensuring eligibility to apply for the HCPC register. Access to the HCPC register is dependent on satisfactory character references and completion of a self-declaration.

Modules

Course content
Biomedical scientists provide medical and nursing staff with the laboratory results that are vital in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.
UWS works in partnership with staff from NHS laboratories and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to equip you with the theory and practical skills necessary to become a biomedical scientist.

Each year the best Biomedical Science student is awarded the IBMS President’s Prize of £100 and award certificate. Students have also been granted prizes by the British Society of Immunology and the Microbiology Society.

Year 1
Biology and chemistry studies prepare you for various related topics in later years. You will also learn how to critically evaluate scientific data and information and conduct statistical analysis using computer technology.

Year 2
As well as gaining an understanding the subjects that underpin the subject area and you will be introduced to the themes that make up biomedical science (clinical biochemistry, haematology/transfusion science, microbiology and cellular pathology.

Year 3
You will undertake further study on the major biomedical themes including, clinical chemistry, cellular and molecular pathology, haematology, immunology and medical microbiology and a significant amount of teaching in Year 3 is delivered by staff from NHS labs. Applied Biomedical Science students undertake a 15-week integrated work placement in a hospital laboratory. Biomedical Science students can also undertake work-based learning, including research work within Europe via the Erasmus+ programme and sandwich placements.

Year 4
You will undertake a research project and attend seminars on relevant research topics. You will also study more specialist aspects of biomedical science at a more advanced level.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Counselling

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.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
33%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

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.

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Natural and social science professionals
23%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Quality and regulatory professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Counselling

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

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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