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What makes Biomedical Science at Worcester special?

Biomedical Scientists are at the forefront of understanding and treating human disease through laboratory and scientific testing.

You will gain the practical knowledge and skills to evaluate disease progression and the effectiveness of medical interventions. Investigating potential treatments, researching drug development, testing emergency blood transfusions and screening for diseases are just a few of examples of the application of Biomedical Science.

Qualified Biomedical Scientists are highly sought-after in pathology centres, forensic science laboratories, research institutions and in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Key features

  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)*
  • Strong emphasis on practical and laboratory work
  • Our professional links give you the chance to put theory into practice through projects linked to the NHS and wider bioscience industry
  • Brand new laboratories and specialist equipment – an inspiring environment for you to gain practical skills and to develop your biomedical research ideas
  • Taught by internationally recognised scientists

*subject to approval

Taster days

A Biological Science taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Biological Science taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview. For further information or to request a place please email insiders@worc.ac.uk or complete this enquiry form.

Upcoming taster days:

Tuesday 8th May 2018, 10am - 2pm

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A Level Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry and A Level in another science, Maths or Statistics.
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A Level Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry.        

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including BTEC, Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Non-standard entry via the exploratory essay route is also available.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an indicative overview of the modules that may be available on this course.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to human anatomy and physiology
  • Introduction to biological chemistry and genetics
  • Health and disease
  • Cell biology
  • Professional & technical development in biomedical science

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Human systems physiology 1
  • Immunology
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Project development
  • Professional aspects of biomedical science
  • Microbiology (Microbiology and disease)

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent study
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Infection science and antimicrobial resistance
  • Haematology and transfusion science
  • Cell Pathology
  • Brain metabolism

Optional

  • Pharmacology
  • The biochemistry of cancer
  • Diseases of the ageing brain

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. 

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work, interactive workshops and laboratory practicals. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities.  Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. 

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have the opportunity to engage with professional Biomedical Science practitioners and visit relevant potential employers in a range of different modules in each year.

You will use a range of excellent laboratory facilities, computing suites and software relevant to Biomedical Science throughout the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching and in the final year you will have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.
The nature of your contact time will vary from module to module but for a 15-credit module it will typically be structured around:

8 hours of interactive workshops
12 hours of large group lectures
10 hours of seminars in groups of around 10 students
18 hours of supervised lab practicals simulations or visits and shadowing opportunities.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time you are expected to undertake around 8 - 9 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with clinical experience, demonstrators and technical laboratory officers.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 56 per cent of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 
Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, laboratory reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
3 formal examinations of 2 hours and 3 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
1 practical test of 2 hours duration
1 essay
6 x practical files/reports
2 x individual or group presentations

Year 2
3 x formal examinations of 2 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
1 essay
4 practical reports
4 reports
2 individual or group presentations
1 research proposal

Year 3
Major independent study project of 7000 - 9000 words
1 poster
1 formal examinations of 2.5 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
2 practical examinations of 1.5 hours
3 essays
2 reports

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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    Dr Allain Bueno

    Dr Allain Bueno joined the University of Worcester in January 2012 after 4 years of Post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London. Dr Bueno holds strong experience in clinical sciences, having worked and taught in a leading tertiary referral hospital. His current area of research includes the biochemistry of dietary fats, cell membrane phospholipids and anti-oxidant protection in health conditions.

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    Dr Amy Cherry

    Dr Amy Cherry joined the University of Worcester following postdoctoral positions at the National Institute of Medical Research and the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. Her research focuses on understanding how proteins work at the molecular level and on how one can use knowledge of protein structure to tackle disease.

  • Dr Steven J Coles

    Steve achieved a first class honours degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of the West of England (UWE, 2005) before undertaking a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Neurochemistry) which he attained in 2008 (UWE). Following his studies, Steve joined the School of Medicine at Cardiff University as a post-doctoral research scientist (Department of Haematology), where his research focussed on tumour immunology and immunotherapy in a type of blood cancer known as acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

  • Dr Mike Wheeler

    Dr Mike Wheeler

    Mike is currently investigating the function of a large family of secreted proteins likely to be involved in cell-cell communication in the model plants, Arabidopsis thaliana and Physcomitrella patens.

    In addition to his research into plant molecular genetics Mike is also developing means of using molecular biology to solve problems in conservation biology which is a longstanding passion of his. In this area Mike is currently developing eDNA (environmental DNA) techniques to assess the effect of invasive and non-native species on species of conservation concern.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Your Biomedical Science degree will prepare you to work in high-tech hospital laboratories in the NHS or private sector. You might work in the haematology, clinical biochemistry, clinical immunology, or microbiology of Pathology. You might also work in in biomedical laboratory services and biomedical research in an industrial setting. Alternatively, you might branch out into patent law, medical sales, teaching or build on your Biomedical Science degree to study for other healthcare professional careers such as medicine.

A degree in Biomedical Science is also an ideal platform to launch a research career and progression to a postgraduate qualification.    

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) - B900

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

B900

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598
l.weaver@worc.ac.uk

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23
ise@worc.ac.uk