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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Biomedical Science

Gain a fundamental knowledge of how the body works – and what happens when it goes wrong.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £4,625 per year ††
How long will I study? 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a biomedical scientist.
  • Apply the latest biological science to fields such as medical diagnosis of disease and illness.
  • Research the causes and treatment of disease.
  • Choose to transfer onto the MSci qualification.

Gain a broad-based education in biomedical sciences, its application and an insight into the impact of biomedical science within the clinical setting and scientific industry.

Optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two of the BSc route.


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Jonathan is currently studying for a chemistry degree. Find out about his work placement at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and hear his advice to anyone wanting to become a scientist.

How you learn

You experience a vibrant, challenging and supportive range of learning activities as you progress through the course. The overall aim of the programme is to give you sound preparation for a career in biomedical science.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops
  • laboratory classes
  • mini-projects
  • work placements

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. We have excellent links with a range of NHS hospitals such as Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Rotherham General Hospital and organisations such as Hammersmith Medical.

There are also placement opportunities for those interested in a career in industry or research, for example at Abbot Diagnostics, University of Sheffield research laboratories or Quotient Bioresearch. If you study abroad or do your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Networking opportunities

We have extra-curricular career-focused activities such as careers and job fairs, employer events, mentoring schemes, internship opportunities, volunteering and leadership awards.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • academic research
  • the industrial biotechnology sector
  • heath services
  • medicine
  • clinical trials research

Some students go on to gain postgraduate degrees or PhD courses.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • the NHS

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBS) and approved as a preliminary qualification for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration with the HCPC is required for employment as a biomedical scientist in hospital laboratories.

If you are employed in an approved NHS training laboratory and complete appropriate training, the IBS can assess you for a Certificate of Competence. This with your honours degree, means you can register with the HCPC after you graduate.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry-standard instrumentation
  • high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and tissue culture

Entry requirements

All students

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*

*GCSE maths, English & Science equivalents accepted:
•equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

plus one of the following

120 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) The study of Chemistry is useful, but not essential. We accept AS Levels. We do not accept General Studies.

Or

104 UCAS points from three A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) The study of Chemistry is useful, but not essential. We do not accept General Studies.

• Access ¿ an Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

• successfully completing our Extended Degree in Biosciences or equivalent

You also need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level

• debate topics and issues

• draw on conclusions from written material

• study independently as well as a member of a group

• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods

• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

These are normally achieved through completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Bioanalytical Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Humans: Genes, Anatomy And Physiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Biomedical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Bioanalytical Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Human Physiology And Anatomy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Biomedical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biomedical Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Genes To Proteins, Biochemistry In Action Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Immunology And Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Pathological Basis Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biomedical Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Immunology And Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Molecular Biology And Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Pathological Basis Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time study in 2020/21 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year). ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF)

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