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Biomedical Science/Applied Biomedical Science BSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU071

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
September 2018

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015)

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Overview

Want to learn more about how the body works? A degree in Biomedical Science can teach you all about disease, treatment, prevention and more.

Biomedical Scientists play a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease and the monitoring of treatment. Biomedical Science degrees are broad based science degrees which aim to integrate a wide range of subjects to promote the understanding of the biology of disease.

See the facilities available in our brand new Science and Health Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

The course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council

Applied Biomedical Science is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.


Institute of Biomedical Science

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

What our students say...

I chose Coventry University because it is well ranked by students and also won Modern University of the year 3 years in a row. Teaching methods are great, lectures, workshops and lab sessions compliment each other, which gives a better understanding of the subject.

Klaudia Lukasinska, Biomedical Science BSc

Course information

This broad-based science degree integrates a wide range of subjects to promote the understanding of how the human body works and the biology of disease.

You can also develop essential skills and knowledge in laboratory management. We aim to equip you with the appropriate knowledge and advanced laboratory skills to pursue laboratory careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries or become a Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) registered practitioner.

You will have the opportunity to use diagnostic equipment in haematology and biochemistry, working with instruments you would see in a real clinical laboratory setting. These instruments offer ‘hands on’ experience of techniques such as gene amplification using PCR, gene sequencing, cell culture, flow cytometry, tissue staining, protein detection and bacterial growth.

100%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Biochemistry and Microbiology

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Human Physiology in Health and Disease

  • Introduction to Biomedical Analysis

  • Skills for Biomolecular Science

  • Skills for Biomolecular Science 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Biomedical Biochemistry

  • Cell Biology and Haematology

  • Contemporary Skills for Biomolecular Sciences 1

  • Contemporary Skills for Biomolecular Sciences 2

  • Infection and Immunity

  • Molecular Genetics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Optional Enhancement Year/Mandatory for the award of ‘Applied’ Biomedical Science.

Modules

  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year

  • Professional Training

Overview

Modules

  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credit)

  • Haematology and Immunology (20 credit)

  • Independent project in Biomolecular Science

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Research Design for the Biomolecular Sciences

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Cancer Biology 
    • Applied Human Genetics 

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • The opportunity to apply for entry into National Health Service (NHS) and private health careers.
  • Academic staff who have hospital laboratory experience and are active in research and bring this into their teaching.
  • Hands-on experience for a wide range of techniques in modern, well-equipped laboratories which help you to compete in the graduate job market.
  • Guest lecturers who are currently employed as biomedical scientists in hospital laboratories to teach areas such as haematology, virology and clinical biochemistry.
  • A focus on student-centred teaching in which you can take part in mini-projects where you devise and carry out your own laboratory experiments. This will help you to demonstrate to future employers that you can work independently and solve problems.

Support when applying for placements in laboratory settings and in other fields, such as teaching.

The key foundations of biomedical science including:

  • Diagnosis and pathology of disease
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology
  • Microbiology

 

Laboratory work is a substantial component of the course, enabling you to learn a wide range of techniques in modern, well-equipped laboratories and help you to develop the key experimental, data handling and reporting skills required. Considerable focus is placed on graduate-level skills, which are essential when you apply for jobs.

All students are initially admitted to the IBMS accredited Biomedical Science degree. However, students who are successfully selected for a one year placement in a hospital laboratory, between years two and three, can transfer to the HCPC approved Applied Biomedical Science degree. This is subject to students completing and passing the IBMS registration portfolio during their placement.

Teaching methods include: lectures, with associated laboratory practical classes and workshop activities.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays 45%
  • Formal examinations 25%
  • Practical or project work 20%
  • Group work etc. 5%
  • Presentations, posters etc. 5%

 

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

25% assessed by exams

Upon successful completion, you should have gained the appropriate knowledge and advanced laboratory skills to apply for careers in the biomedical science field, including those relating to the diagnosis and management of human disease, and laboratory careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

In a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of workshops/online tutorials (or later, individual project supervision) each week. You can also arrange to see staff in their ‘drop in’ sessions for any additional help you may need.
  • Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes or skills workshops each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to spend 18 hours each week studying and revising in your own time including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Our sandwich degree option allows a full year work placement, which can be taken abroad, or you can undertake a study year abroad. The University runs a number of specific schemes to enable such visits. A number of students in our School have been successful in securing places via these schemes for example in Spain, France, Canada and the US.

In addition, students from many different countries are enrolled on the course, giving all students a more varied and fulfilling environment in which to learn.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

I chose Coventry University because it is well ranked by students and also won Modern University of the year 3 years in a row. Teaching methods are great, lectures, workshops and lab sessions compliment each other, which gives a better understanding of the subject.

Klaudia Lukasinska, Biomedical Science BSc

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU071
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include Biology. Excludes General Studies. DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology Science related subject. 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

All students are initially admitted to the IBMS accredited Biomedical Science degree. However, students who are successfully selected for a one year placement in a hospital laboratory, between years two and three, can transfer to the HCPC approved BSc Applied Biomedical Science degree.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

I chose Coventry University because it is well ranked by students and also won Modern University of the year 3 years in a row. Teaching methods are great, lectures, workshops and lab sessions compliment each other, which gives a better understanding of the subject.

Klaudia Lukasinska, Biomedical Science BSc

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015) (per year)


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

I chose Coventry University because it is well ranked by students and also won Modern University of the year 3 years in a row. Teaching methods are great, lectures, workshops and lab sessions compliment each other, which gives a better understanding of the subject.

Klaudia Lukasinska, Biomedical Science BSc

Career prospects

Graduates from our course can apply for entry into NHS Health Care Scientist registration training programmes, which can lead to higher qualifications in specialist areas.

It is also possible to use your qualifications to help you further your studies and progress into teaching in schools, colleges or universities.

Successful completion of Applied Biomedical Science course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. This is a legal requirement for anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the HCPC.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

86%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

£17K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £17,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

I chose Coventry University because it is well ranked by students and also won Modern University of the year 3 years in a row. Teaching methods are great, lectures, workshops and lab sessions compliment each other, which gives a better understanding of the subject.

Klaudia Lukasinska, Biomedical Science BSc
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.