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BSc (Honours) Biomedical Science

Designed primarily for employees already working in hospital pathology and other bioscience labs, this course allows you to integrate academic knowledge with your existing practical experience. You benefit from teaching based on the latest biomedical research, and gain the accredited qualifications and skills needed to develop as a scientist in the NHS and other related sectors.

Course length 4-6 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

This course is mainly for employees in hospital pathology laboratories and other biomedical and biological laboratories.

It allows people in relevant employment to develop their professional skills and integrate their work experience with academic studies. However, opportunities exist for others not working in these environments to take the course.

A strong theme of professional development is also central to your learning to enhance your growth as a scientist and improve your employability.

Level one covers the underlying principles of biomedical science such as cell biology, physiology and analytical science.

In levels two and three, you develop a more detailed knowledge in specialist areas including • immunology • molecular biology • clinical biochemistry • medical microbiology • cellular pathology • pharmacology.

You can then combine all the skills and knowledge you have gained by completing a major research project.

You take all taught modules in common with students studying full-time and we agree your individual pattern of attendance.

Most of our teaching staff are active in our Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. This allows us to feed scientific developments directly into our courses. We constantly review course content, including the comprehensive practical laboratory programme, to keep abreast of scientific developments.

Key areas of study

Key areas include • human physiology and anatomy • microbiology and genetics • biology of disease • professional development • principles of pharmacology • clinical biochemistry and haematology.

Institute of Biomedical Sciences accreditation statement

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences who recently commended us on

• the excellent scientific content of our courses

• the supportive nature of the staff which provides a positive student experience

• the laboratory and teaching facilities, which provides an excellent learning environment

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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.


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.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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.

Course structure

Part-time – typically four years if in relevant employment, otherwise up to six years

Typical modules may include

Level one

• introduction to biomedical science • human physiology and anatomy • cellular biology, biochemistry and microbiology bioanalytical methods • professional and scientific practice 1

Level two

• biology of disease • professional and scientific practice 2 • molecular biology and biochemistry • biomedical investigative techniques • immunology and microbiology

Level three

• professional and scientific practice 3 • cellular pathology and infection • blood sciences • research project

Level three options

• bioethics • bioinformatics • human genetics • applied biochemistry • pharmacology

Assessment Written examinations combined with continuous assessment for most of the taught modules. We assess some modules, including workplace-based modules, by continuous assessment only.


The course is an accredited qualification for hospital biomedical scientists and is equally suitable for careers in many areas of biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry and biological research.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,170 a year based on 80 credits

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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