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BSc (Honours) Applied Biomedical Science

Degree apprenticeship

Biosciences labTrain to be a biomedical scientist in 3 years while applying your learning in a relevant full-time job role.


How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Life Sciences) standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is September 2021

The course normally takes 3 years, including an integrated end-point assessment.



1. Course summary

  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a biomedical scientist.
  • Apply the latest biological science to medical diagnosis of disease and illness.
  • Graduate with eligibility to apply to the HCPC to practise as a biomedical scientist in the UK.

This course provides a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable experience of studying biomedical science – and is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You'll undertake the IBMS Registration Portfolio as an integrated part of the course, and successful completion of this will help to support your registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after you graduate.



2. How you learn

This apprenticeship helps you develop in-depth knowledge and the latest practical skills within a culture of active research. You'll learn the biology of disease processes, how this is applied to laboratory diagnosis and the monitoring of treatment. You'll then apply your learning in the workplace, reinforcing your knowledge and developing a valuable range of transferable skills for both scientific and non-scientific working environments.

You learn through

  • day release, one day a week
  • work-based learning
  • written coursework
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • reports
  • exams
  • an end-point assessment, including a readiness for practice test



3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities at our City Campus, run by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications

The usual entry requirements include three GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade C, 4 or above, in maths, English and science – plus one of the following

  • 112 UCAS points from three A levels (including at least 32 points in biology), or equivalent BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (including suitable chemistry and biology modules). We don't accept AS levels or General Studies
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course 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 credits should be graded at distinction level

You'll also need to demonstrate you can

  • study academic subjects at degree level
  • debate topics and issues
  • draw on conclusions from written material
  • study independently as well as in 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


5. Modules

Level 4 • humans: genes, anatomy and physiology cellular biology and biochemistry with microbiology • bioanalytical methods by work-based learning • introduction to biomedical science • professional and scientific practice 1: labs by work-based learning • professional and scientific practice 1: skills by work-based learning
Level 5 • genes to proteins, biochemistry in action • immunology and microbiology • pathological basis of disease by work-based learning • biological investigative techniques by work-based learning • professional and scientific practice 2 by work-based learning
Level 6 • blood sciences • cellular pathology and infection • advancing from apprentice to professional • professional and scientific practice 3 by work-based learning – includes assessment of the IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science) portfolio for HCPC registration • research project


6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.



How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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