Biomedical Science / Applied Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

B940
B495 (condensed first year)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

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January 2021

 

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Course code:

B940
B495 (condensed first year)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152
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Course code:

HLSU230
HLSU230J (condensed first year)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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Condensed first year

Our condensed first year degrees allow you to start your course full-time in January and continue your second year in September.

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Overview

Key contributors to modern healthcare, biomedical scientists play a vital role in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, monitoring treatments and developing advanced diagnostic tools or novel therapeutic strategies.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which is required for practice within the National Health Service (NHS), this broad-based Biomedical Science degree integrates a wide range of subjects to promote the understanding of how the human body works and the biology of disease. You will also have the opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge in laboratory management.

The academic content of both the Biomedical Science and Applied Biomedical Science BSc degrees is the same. All students are initially enrolled onto the IBMS accredited Biomedical Science degree. However if you complete a one year placement* in an approved laboratory between years 2 and 3 you will transfer to Applied Biomedical Science. On the Applied Biomedical Science degree you will have the opportunity to complete all the necessary requirements for registration during your course and will be eligible to apply for HCPC registration as soon as you graduate and hence will be eligible to immediately apply for Biomedical Science posts.

Our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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

Health and Care Professions Council

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


Institute of Biomedical Science - Accredited Programme

Institute of Biomedical Science - Accredited Programme

Both the Biomedical Science and Applied Biomedical Science courses are accredited and recognised by the Institute of Biomedical Science for the 2021/22 intake:

Our Facilities

Hospital Ward

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Ambulance

Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

SuperLab

SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

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

Both the Biomedical Science and the Applied Biomedical Science courses explore the science and functioning of the human body in health and disease down to a cellular and molecular level, providing specialist knowledge about the cause of major diseases and how they can be treated.

Our extensive links with leading healthcare and research laboratories enable us to ensure course content is kept up-to-date. Particular emphasis is placed on the specialist areas of biomedical science: clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, cellular pathology, haematology, immunology and genetics.

Laboratory sessions are a substantial component of the courses, enabling you to learn the experimental techniques and develop the key experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological careers. Simultaneous progression through the ‘Professional Skills’ modules will develop your knowledge and skills in areas including scientific communication, self-directed study, research methods, information retrieval, IT, data processing and presentation and career development.

100%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

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Modules

Overview

In the first year, we introduce you to basic scientific principles using examples of disease processes to illustrate the core material. This continues in the second year with greater emphasis on the biology of disease and the introduction of more specialised modules.

Modules

  • Human Physiology from Cells to Systems

    In this module you will consider the key features of eukaryotic cells, their organisation into tissues and organs, and the structure and function of major physiological systems in the human body. You will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, to develop an understanding of human cell and body function and an appreciation of disease states.

  • Genotype to Phenotype

    Our genetic information, its structure, function and inheritance (genotype), and how this determines the characteristics of an individual (phenotype) is what you will study on this module. You will be introduced to the principles of heredity, the complexity of human genetics, human individual variation, evolutionary principles and population genetics. The central dogma of DNA to RNA to protein (transcription and translation) will be also be discussed. On successful completion of the module you will gain knowledge and skills relating to DNA manipulation in the laboratory, and the retrieval and analysis of sequence information using bioinformatics tools. You will also examine the ethical issues resulting from increased access to genomic information.

  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Biomolecules

    You will be introduced the principles and practice of key laboratory techniques used in the analysis of biological molecules. You will be supported to understand and develop a sound appreciation of good laboratory practice, including maintenance of laboratory records, quality assurance, competence in fundamental laboratory procedures and routine calculations such as concentration and dilution. You should also gain an understanding of the use of contemporary digital technologies to analyse and present data effectively, and the format of standard laboratory reports.

  • Academic and Professional Development for Life Sciences

    In this module you will have a series of regular small group or individual tutorials with your Academic Personal Tutor (APT). The aim of these sessions is to encourage self-awareness and self-reflection, to enable you to develop strategies to enhance your own development, to maximise your academic success and career prospects. These tutorials will allow you to get to know your APT and to develop your skills and competencies. You will start to establish an evidence-based portfolio that you will extend throughout your university studies to provide a valuable resource for future employability.

  • Enzymes and Metabolism

    The role of enzymes as biological catalysts to facilitate chemical reactions within the body will be your focus in this module. You will also examine the role of energy in determining the rate and direction of chemical reactions, and the mechanisms by which enzymes act to lower energy requirements. Enzyme assays and the kinetics of enzyme reactions including reagent and enzyme concentrations, reaction conditions, cofactors and inhibitors are investigated in theory and in practice.

  • The Microbial World

    This module introduces you to the different types of microorganisms with a detailed focus on bacteria and viruses. You will consider the structure, growth characteristics and laboratory cultivation/propagation and enumeration of bacteria and viruses, and the role of microorganisms in both human health and disease is explored, together with an introduction to the body’s protective response to infection, the immune system. You will investigate control strategies for microorganisms, including sterilisation, disinfection, antimicrobial compounds and vaccines, together with current and emerging concerns such as antimicrobial resistance. Laboratory classes will develop key skills in aseptic technique and culture of bacteria and viruses.

  • Drugs, Receptors and Responses

    This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of cell communication operating in both healthy and disease states, and the mechanisms of action of selected drugs that act via cellular receptors (pharmacodynamics). You will also examine the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs (pharmacokinetics). The search for novel or improved drugs involves many stages, from target identification, compound synthesis, in vitro and in vivo testing, including human clinical trials. You will be introduced to this process, including consideration of ethical, safety and regulatory issues.

  • Professional Practice for Life Scientists

    In this module, you will demonstrate your developing laboratory and professional skills and competencies and preparedness for future employment. Workshop and tutorial sessions, involving the University’s Talent Team will raise awareness of opportunities available from this course, placements, short work experience and other enhancement activities and encourage you to create an appropriate online networking profile.

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

The second year brings a more in-depth approach to your studies and you will take a more independent approach to your work. You will be introduced to the specialist pathology modules including cell biology and genetics. This will also prepare you for a year on either a placement or study abroad year or for the final year of your course.

Modules

  • Genetic Basis of Disease

    In this module you will consider the consequences of mutations and chromosomal abnormalities in human inherited disease states, and the methods used for their detection and diagnosis. You will examine a number of well characterised examples of single gene disorders and chromosomal aneuploidies, integrating understanding of genetic changes with altered molecular and cellular function leading to pathophysiological symptoms. Complex genetic disorders will be introduced. You will also consider prenatal and neonatal screening and technologies that permit reproductive choices and gene technologies that offer potential therapeutic strategies.

    The ethical and societal implications of these technological advances will be debated. This module content will also contribute, along with content from the Infectious Disease and Immune Defence module, to an integrated course based assessment that will encourage you to research inherited conditions linked to the immune system that have not been overtly covered in lectures or workshops, enabling you to demonstrate your ability to apply key concepts to novel situations. You will apply the principles of human genetics, diagnostic methods and potential technologies for therapy learnt here to novel scenarios in a problem-based learning approach.

  • Infectious Disease and Immune Defence

    In this module you will explore the links between pathogenesis and the causative agents of communicable disease. Notable and current communicable diseases will be studied with a focus on how infection presents in human hosts and the virulence factors that enable pathogens to establish infection. You will also investigate the different types of antimicrobial agents available, their mechanisms of action and use in treatment. You will consider the body’s immune defence to pathogen attack, both though the innate and adaptive immune response, extending the depth and breadth of this topic from your previous studies. You will study the development of lymphocytes and the ability of the immune system to distinguish self and non-self cells and molecules, including the immune response to tissue transplants. The use of biotechnology to create recombinant antibody-based therapies will also be considered.

  • Haematology and Blood Disorders

    This module aims to introduce you to the key principles of haematology from the formation and function of blood cells through to understanding of common blood disorders. Nutritional anaemia is covered including blood morphology, along with sickle cell anaemia, bone marrow turnover and the reticulocyte. You will also have the opportunity to study an introduction to the coagulation cascade and laboratory diagnosis for bleeding/clotting disorders The module also introduces you to key concepts and processes in transfusion science, including blood grouping systems, compatibility testing of blood products and practices for safe and effective transfusion. You will then be able to apply this understanding to patient case studies and laboratory practice.

  • Investigative Approaches to Inherited Immune Disorders

    In this assessment only module you integrate knowledge and skills from the Genetic Basis of Disease and Infectious Disease and Immune Defence modules. You will be supported to investigate, with other students, an inherited condition that affects the immune system. The genetic basis of the disorder, the consequences for the immune response and resulting susceptibility to infection will be considered and you will report your findings as group presentation.

  • Cellular Basis of Disease

    In this module you will explore the life cycle of eukaryotic cells, cell signalling pathways, interactions between cells and their extracellular environment, and protein folding, trafficking and modification pathways. You will extend your understanding of normal cellular processes considered in Year 1 and take a more detailed focus on control mechanisms. You will also consider the consequences of aberrations in these cellular events and the resulting disease manifestations, based on contemporary research literature. Laboratory sessions will include histopathological examination and introduce you to contemporary techniques to assess gene expression changes.

  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders

    During this module you will consider the mechanisms that operate within the human body to enable maintenance of key biochemical parameters within defined limits (homeostasis), and the consequences of disease processes. You will undertake a detailed examination of human nutrition, appetite control, digestion, absorption and metabolism of key nutrients, integrating these aspects to then explore dysfunction and associated disease states. You will also consider aspects of the endocrine system that control growth and metabolism (pituitary and thyroid hormone functions) and reproductive function, together with associated disorders. You are introduced to key diagnostic procedures within the clinical biochemistry laboratory linked to these topics.

  • Biomedical Science Professional Practice

    This module will enable you to further develop your professional competencies. This includes enhancement of skills in experiment design, literature research, statistical analysis of data, laboratory confidence and competence, and transferable skills including team work and communication. You will be expected to collaborate with other professionals within the healthcare arena, and with service users, and to exhibit professional standards of conduct and behaviour. You will be supported to prepare for application, interview and selection processes for future employment or further study opportunities.

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

After successfully completing your second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year either studying abroad or on a professional placement. If you complete a one year placement* in an approved laboratory between years 2 and 3 and an IBMS registration competence portfolio you will be automatically transferred to the Applied Biomedical Science degree in Year 3 on return to the university. These placements are managed internally by the university and the applied course is HCPC approved. Graduates on this course are eligible to apply directly for HCPC registration. There is also the route for a sandwich placement where the IBMS Competence portfolio is managed externally by an approved laboratory. These too can lead directly to HCPC registration. In this situation the degree will be named as a BSc Biomedical Science with a Sandwich Placement, not Applied Biomedical Science. Past students have worked as a Protein Detection Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, Clinical Operations at Roche, Laboratory Technician (Musculoskeletal Science) at the University of East Anglia, Medical Intervention Research Assistant at Freshwinds, Junior Scientist at Nemaura Pharma Ltd, Assay Development Technician at Binding Site and as a Research Assistant at Biocote. Should you not wish to do so, or should you be unable to secure an approved laboratory placement required to transfer onto the Applied Biomedical Science degree, they will also have the opportunity to go on a general placement or study abroad year between your second and third year of study.*

Modules

  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year (Approved Biomedical Science laboratory with IBMS portfolio completion)

  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year

  • Enhancement Year

Overview

In the final year, you will study mandatory modules on immunology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology.

Modules

  • Medical Microbiology and Virology

    In this module you have the opportunity to investigate the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of clinically relevant microorganisms. The epidemiology of current and relevant infectious diseases will be studied, as well as the role of interventions such as vaccination programmes and public health and infection control policies in the control of the spread of infection. You will also study implications of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) both globally and locally, particularly the identification and treatment of resistant infections, consideration will also be given to current strategies to tackle AMR.

  • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology

    This module aims to enable you to understand the scientific underpinning for laboratory investigations in clinical chemistry and immunology. It builds on the knowledge and skills you developed in the Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders module previously studied to consider laboratory investigation of patients for disorders of water and electrolytes, acid/base balance, further aspects of endocrine disorders and toxicology investigation. Quality control and quality assurance within the clinical chemistry laboratory, and the development of Point of Care Testing (POCT) devices are considered in greater depth and detail. The immunology section of the module extends your understanding of the immune system as a defence against infectious disease to focus on topics such as the links between chronic inflammation and disease, immunodeficiency (both innate and adaptive), autoimmunity and hypersensitivity.

  • Research Design in Biomedical Science

    In this module, you will prepare for your final year research project. The module will support you through the process of defining your research question, planning your experiments and considering the most appropriate data analysis methods. The module is designed to enhance your skills in literature searching, experimental design, scientific writing, data processing and statistical analysis. You will be required to submit your proposal for ethical and health and safety approval, and to address key aspects of project management and logistics. You will also consider how novel ideas and findings can be harnessed to deliver commercial value. You will discuss the multidisciplinary nature of enterprise and innovation, opportunities for commercial development of ideas and an awareness of intellectual property.

  • Independent Project in Biomedical Science

    The aim of this module is for you to conduct a piece of investigative research, which may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, in a specialised area of Biomedical Science. This module follows from the Research Design in Biomedical Science module and you implement your research proposals in this module. The variety and scope of projects allows you to pursue your own interests, potentially linked to future career aspirations, and to integrate prior skills and knowledge. You are supported and guided by your supervisor, but are encouraged to develop independence of thought, and the ability and confidence to adapt and evolve your research ideas, based on reflective practice.

  • Cancer Biology

    This module extends your learning from Year 2 to explore, in detail, the molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms of cancer. You will discuss inherited cancer syndromes, inherited predisposition to cancer and somatic mutations and cancer. You will focus on the key hallmarks of cancer which define and explain the properties of malignant cells. These concepts are linked to applications in biomedical science including improved diagnostic approaches, personalised therapies and preventative strategies. During the module you will consider–omics based approaches, and their current and future potential.

  • Clinical Haematology and Transfusion Science

    This module extends your previous learning on haematology to a more advanced consideration of haematological disorders and safe transfusion practices. Coverage of anaemias is focussed on the thalassemias and more complex clotting disorders and anticoagulation therapies are discussed. You will also consider haematological malignancies. Transfusion science aspects of the module will focus on the role of the laboratory in ensuring safe transfusion, potential hazards and adverse transfusion reactions, and haemolytic disease of the newborn.

  • Investigative Approaches in Haemato-oncology

    This is an assessment only module that integrates learning from the Cancer Biology and Clinical Haematology and Transfusion Science modules. You will investigate a haematological malignancy and address this topic from multiple angles. You will consider the cancer development and hallmarks, cellular pathology, genomic/genetic analysis, physiological consequences, diagnostic methods in the biomedical laboratory, and therapeutic options. You will present your findings as an informative resource for a chosen target audience using an appropriate medium of your own choosing.

  • 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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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We have been ranked joint first amongst Modern Universities in England for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2021

In more detail...

  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
  • Opportunity to apply for entry into National Health Service (NHS) and private health careers.
  • The Applied Biomedical Science is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Strong portfolio of research with 61% rated 4* or 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • Teaching links with the local National Health Service (NHS) cardiac rehabilitation team and with staff in hospital diagnostic laboratories.
  • Regular guest lecturers from current practitioners employed as biomedical scientists in hospital laboratories to teach areas such as haematology, virology and clinical biochemistry.
  • Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using industry standard techniques, which help you stand out in the graduate job market.
  • Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences research centre, which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.

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

Your main study themes are:
  • Human physiology: You will have the opportunity to explore the structure and functions of the human body and the ways in which these adapt to our environment. We will examine cause-and-effect mechanisms, comparing healthy and disease states. The course will introduce you to the concept of metabolic and development control, as well as laboratory techniques for the measurement of physiological variables, such as metabolic rate, heart rate, blood pressure and spirometry.

  • Biochemistry: We will consider the structure of biological molecules and their functional properties within the cell, together with the action of enzymes, including the basic principles of enzyme kinetics. You will have the opportunity to explore the molecular aspects of human nutrition, digestion and metabolism. The mechanisms of control and integration of metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids at different organisational levels are discussed, together with alterations in metabolism due to genetic predispositions. You will be taught the important role that biochemical investigations play in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, together with the rationale behind routine tests such as electrolyte measurements, metabolite and enzyme assays, with the emphasis on both the underlying pathophysiology and the contribution that these tests make to the diagnosis and to the management of the patient.

  • Microbiology: This course will introduce you to the microbiological world, including aspects of bacterial cell structure and growth, as well as antibiotic action and resistance. We will focus on the biology of medically important micro-organisms and the role they play in health and disease, exploring the structure and function of the defence mechanisms of hosts, specifically the immune responses that are targeted against pathogens. You will have the opportunity to learn about the pathogenicity and epidemiology of selected viruses (e.g. Hepatitis, Influenza, HIV) and infections, the resulting responses, as well as the control and eradication of viral diseases.

  • Cell and molecular biology: Provides an understanding of the structure and functions of mammalian cells and the metabolic processes that occur within them. This course will cover cell division mechanisms, energy metabolism, cell communication and cell defence. You will have the opportunity to learn about genetic inheritance patterns linked to the understanding of DNA replication, transcription and translation, investigating complex genetic disorders such as heart disease and dementia. You will explore cancer from a clinical, biological and epidemiological perspective, examining the cellular and genetic changes that occur during transformation and discussing how inherited susceptibilities can predispose individuals to develop certain cancers. We will teach you about molecular methods for the early detection, monitoring and treatment of various cancers as well as preventative measures.

  • Genetics: This course will cover human genetic disorders, both chromosomal and single gene disorders and complex diseases. We will look at the techniques and theoretical knowledge which has made the recent great strides forward in our understanding of our genes and genome, together with their applications and implications. Genetic predisposition to diseases such diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease will be investigated. You should become familiar with the latest genetic techniques such as gene editing.

  • Immunology: We will look at aspects of various infectious and non-infectious diseases and health conditions facing the population. We place a particular emphasis on the diagnosis, investigation and treatment of disease, focusing on aspects of clinical immunology including inappropriate or deficient immune responses.

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course is available as a full-time three-year or optional four-year sandwich course. If you are successfully selected for a one-year placement, you will be automatically transferred to the HCPC approved Applied Biomedical Science degree. Selection for an NHS placement is by applications which are sent to employers to review and select from for interview. If successful here you will be offered a 12 month placement. If you are not selected for an approved placement you will remain on the Biomedical Science degree.
There is also the route for a sandwich placement where the IBMS Competence portfolio is managed externally by an approved laboratory. These too can lead directly to HCPC registration. In this situation the degree will be named as a BSc Biomedical Science with a Sandwich Placement, not Applied Biomedical Science.

Your course will be based on lectures, with associated laboratory practical classes and workshop activities. Where possible, coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs to help ensure you are attractive to future employers, such as collection and interpretation of drug dose response data to assess therapeutic and lethal ranges.
Our experienced teaching team includes several Fellows of the Institute of Biomedical Science and one also a HCPC registered biomedical scientist, who was formerly a lead scientist at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. These staff, PhD students and visiting lecturers will bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics.

You will be allocated a dedicated Personal Academic Tutor for the duration of your course, who will schedule regular 1:1 meetings with you, and you can also arrange to see other members of staff in ‘drop in’ sessions for any additional help you may need. Teaching methods include: lectures, with associated laboratory practical classes and workshop activities.

These courses will be assessed using a variety of methods, which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, formal examinations, practical or project work, group work, presentations and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of human physiology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, immunology and pharmacology and their applications (including in prevention and treatment of disease).
  • The theoretical and practical aspects of pathology and disease diagnosis and their application to biomedical science
  • The theoretical and practical aspects of chemical, molecular and biochemical analytical techniques


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate laboratory competence in the aspects of generic and specialised skills required in experimental biology, including experimentation and measurements on humans, safety (e.g. key laboratory skills and competencies, good laboratory practice) and ethical considerations.
  • Apply scientific methods to critical analysis of literature, evidence based practice, reflection, information searching and experimental design in the biological sciences.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in data collection, analysis and presentation, including appropriate aspects of information technology and interpretation of information through statistical methods.
  • Work safely in the laboratory, undergoing progressively more advanced laboratory-based investigations based on competence in techniques for physiological measurement, pharmacological assays, analytical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular physiology and microbiology.
  • Operate, to lead and collaborate in a team in order to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.

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: You can also arrange to see staff in their ‘drop in’ sessions for any additional help you may need.
  • Medium group teaching: practical classes or skills workshops each week.
  • Large group teaching: lectures

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.

By its very nature, the course adopts an international perspective – as science knows no borders. We normally also attract students from many different countries – from Europe, Asia and South America – providing a more varied, multicultural and fulfilling environment in which to learn.

Our sandwich degree option allows a work placement or study year, which can be taken abroad*. Some former students have studied at the University of Leiden in Holland. The University also offers a number of grants to enable international visits and a number of our students have been successful in securing places, for example, in Spain, France, Canada and the US. Some have undertaken fieldtrips to Malawi where they have educational engagement with groups of children participating in diverse community projects at local primary and nursery schools, assisted in monitoring the state of boreholes in rural villages, made sun dried bricks for building projects and climbing the challenging mount Mulanje.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

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: HLSU230
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB to include Biology. Excludes General Studies. DDM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Science related subject. 30-32 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / 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 distinctions 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, dependant upon the nature of the placement, may 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.

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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.

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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.

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Fee


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


UK 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 2021

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2021

£15,100 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

EU Student Fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

These courses aim to prepare you for professional practice within the National Health Service (NHS) or private sector as registered Biomedical Scientists and a range of other careers including research. It is also possible to use your qualifications to help you further your studies and progress into teaching in schools, colleges or universities.

expectations of health professionals. We have excellent links with local employers and are actively involved in liaison with laboratory managers, training officers and other universities via the West Midlands Biomedical Science Training and Workforce Planning Group and the West Midlands regional training committee (South).

On successful completion of the Biomedical Science Degree, without a training placement, you can apply for Trainee Biomedical Science posts to enter into NHS Health Care Scientist registration training programmes, for which you will typically undergo one to two years of further training to obtain an IBMS certificate of competence so that you can apply for HCPC registration, a legal requirement for anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the HCPC.

Successful completion of the NHS Placement year however allows you to have an Applied Biomedical Science Degree. There is also the route for a sandwich placement where the IBMS Competence portfolio is managed externally by an approved laboratory. These too can lead directly to HCPC registration. In this situation the degree will be named as a BSc Biomedical Science with a Sandwich Placement, not Applied Biomedical Science.

The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing. The course is also an excellent foundation for further postgraduate studies leading to a Master’s or PhD.

97%

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

DLHE 2014/15

£22K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DLHE 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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process