BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year)

If you don’t have the right qualifications to start our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree or if you want to gain more confidence in higher level work, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation year. You’ll start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your scientific skills and knowledge.

Biomedical Science is an exciting, interdisciplinary subject exploring the normal functioning of the human body at the molecular, cellular and whole organism levels and how understanding these processes enables breakthroughs in the treatment of human disease and improvements to health.

Placing significant emphasis on laboratory techniques and scientific communication from writing labs reports, critical evaluation of scientific data and solving research problems, this biomedical science course provides essential skills required for a wide range of scientific careers.

This course is subject to validation.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B903 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Foundation Year: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Foundation biology
  • Introduction to human anatomy and physiology
  • Foundation chemistry
  • Physical science
  • Key skills and professional development
  • Scientific data literacy

Year one: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Biological research skills
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Molecule, membranes and cells
  • Introduction to genetics and evolution
  • Microorganisms and the dynamic cell
  • Human growth and development

Year two: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Case-based learning
  • Frontiers in Biology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Human molecular genetics
  • Cellular pathology and disease processes

Year three: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Research project
  • Clinical biochemistry and pharmacology
  • Clinical and molecular immunology

With biomedical option:

  • Global challenges in infectious disease
  • Epidemiology and public health

Or anthropology option:

  • Humans and other primates
  • Human variation and forensic anthropology

Teaching

You will learn through lectures, tutorials and practical classes. You will typically spend 15 – 20 hours in scheduled classes per week and are expected to spend the same amount of time doing background reading and working on assignments.

There is strong emphasis on applied, practical learning and all students undertake an extensive project in their final year. A wide range of projects is available, from microbiology, applied physiology and genetics and cellular pathology.

Support

Your course leader is your first point of contact to discuss any questions you may about the course in general. The module leaders will be able to help you, specific issues on a particular module, for example in relation to assessments.

All students will be assigned an academic member of staff at the start of their studies to provide more general help, for example on career development and academic life in general

Assessment

Assessment methods vary by module and include coursework such as laboratory reports, essays, oral presentations, problem solving and in-class or online tests as well as written examinations.

Facilities

Our Glyntaff campus provides a range of modern laboratory facilities including

  • Category II microbiology labs for the growth and analysis of micro-organisms
  • Molecular analysis labs for advanced DNA analysis and sequencing
  • Tissue culture facilities for the growth of cells
  • Biology labs with a wide range of anatomical models and microscopes
  • Clinical Skills room with state of the art simulation mannequins for applied physiology teaching.
  • Coagulation laboratory for the analysis of blood clotting

Lecturers

  • Dr Sioned Owen (course leader)
  • Dr Tracie McKinney
  • Dr Lewis Fall
  • Dr Josephine Bradley
  • Dr Rhian Newman
  • Dr Emma Hayhurst
  • Dr Jereon Nieuwland
  • Dr John Hayton
  • Dr Cerith Jones
  • Dr Martin Powell

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Typical A-Level Offer

EE to include a relevant Science subject but exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

N/A

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass in a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from Higher Levels

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Maths/Science

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

This BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree provides the scientific basis for a career in a range of fields, including biomedical research, teaching, and biotechnology industries, as well as postgraduate study (e.g. MSc or PhD). Graduates may also choose to progress to careers in healthcare, for example, as Physicians Associates or working in Public Health.