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Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

​The​ BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree at Cardiff Met is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology and is designed to enable students to develop, integrate and apply scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to the multi-disciplinary investigation of human disease and disorders, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Graduates will also be equipped to find employment in a variety of contexts, including pathology laboratories, research laboratories, the food industry, forensic science, pharmaceuticals, health and safety, commerce and teaching. In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for higher degrees, including graduate entry medicine and dentistry degrees, and further professional qualifications.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Common First Year
Please note that the BSc Biomedical Science degree and the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Health, Exercise & Nutrition pathway share a common first year. On successful completion of the first year, students can decide which degree to follow from year two onwards.

Related courses
BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science

​Course Content​

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0), for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page and​ apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.

Degree:

Year One:
Students will gain an understanding of human physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology and immunology. Laboratory and teaching sessions will provide students with the scientific knowledge and technical skills that will prepare them for Years 2 and 3. In addition, students will be able to develop relevant analytical, communication and transferable skills.

Modules (All Core):

  • Biochemistry (20 credits) 

  • Cell Biology & Genetics (20 credits) 

  • Anatomy & Physiology (20 credits) 

  • Infection & Immunity 1 (20 credits) 

  • Laboratory Skills & Data Analysis (20 credits) 

  • Personal & Inteprofessional Development 1 (20 credits) 


Year Two:
You will gain more understanding of molecular biology and acquire expertise in a range of specialist investigative techniques; epidemiology & data analysis; and research methods. Coverage of areas such as medical biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology, transfusion science, medical microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and toxicology will explore the nature, importance and treatment of disease processes. In addition, a professional development module will encourage students to consider their own career aspirations, and help them to develop key transferable skills that will assist in their preparation for future employment.

Modules (All Core):

  • Analytical, Research & Diagnostic Methods (20 credits) 

  • Blood & Cellular Sciences (20 credits) 

  • Infection & Immunity 2 (20 credits) 

  • Molecular Biology & Genetics (20 credits) 

  • Personal & Interprofessional Development 2 (20 credits) 

  • Physiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology (20 credits)


Year Three:
The final year focuses on the integration of previously acquired knowledge to provide students with an appreciation of the multidisciplinary approach to research, diagnosis and management of disorder and disease. Subjects covered will include the laboratory investigation of disease, bioinformatic analysis, translational research and a selection of topics of current relevance to biomedical science. The final year research project will further encourage independent learning, the continued development of technical research skills, scientific writing and critical analysis.

Modules (All Core):

  • Biomolecular Analysis (20 credits) 

  • Contemporary Topics in Biomedical Sciences (20 credits) 

  • Project (40 credits) 

  • The Biology & Laboratory Investigation of Disease (20 credits) 

  • Translational Research (20 credits)

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching and learning methods are employed throughout the programme. These include lectures, tutorials, workshops, group tasks and a significant number of laboratory-based practical sessions. The Moodle Virtual Learning Environment is also used to provide students with key information relating to programme modules, careers advice information and administrative information relating to their programme of study. All students are assigned a personal tutor when they first enrol, who will remain their tutor and provide pastoral support throughout their studies. The personal tutorial system encourages students to continue to develop their interpersonal and reflective skills throughout their studies. In addition, we are proud of our ‘Open Door Policy’ which actively encourages students to contact staff for advice and guidance whenever they require it. ​

Assessment

Students are assessed using a mixture of methods: some modules employ written assignments such as essays and literature reviews, others involve examinations, practical reports, presentations (group and individual)​, case studies and (in the final year) an important component is the completion of a scientific research project & poster.

Employability & Careers

Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic scientific discipline concerned with understanding how diseases develop and how they may affect the normal functioning of the body. The aim of this discipline is the investigation of the disease process and, ultimately, the development of methods for monitoring, diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.

Graduates may use their expert scientific knowledge and analytical skills to investigate diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. They are able to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and support the research and development of new diagnostic tests or pharmaceutical products.

Graduates will be equipped to find employment in a variety of contexts, including pathology laboratories, research laboratories, the food industry, forensic science, pharmaceuticals, health and safety, commerce and teaching. In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for higher degrees, including graduate entry medicine and dentistry degrees, and further professional qualifications. ​The accreditation of this degree by the IBMS means that our graduates meet the academic requirements to become registered as a Biomedical Scientist. This means that they can apply for a job as a trainee Biomedical Scientist and then, after additional work-based training and the achievement of the IBMS Certificate of Competence, become a registered Biomedical Scientist (see ibms.org for more information).  

 The degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. 

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Typical Offers

  • Tariff points: 120-128
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy and Science.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include grades BB in Biology and an equivalent Science.
  • Relevant subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education, IT, Mathematics, Food Technology, Environmental Science or Geography considered as the equivalent Science. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM within Applied Science.
  • T Level: Merit in a Science subject considered.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Within a Science subject covering sufficient Biology.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Minimum two Grade 5 in Higher Level Biology and equivalent Science.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 in both Biology and an equivalent Science. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades CC in Biology and an equivalent Science. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.


How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Sally Hicks:
Email: shicks@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6848

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: B900
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: Llandaff Campus

School: Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time including Foundation year.

COURSE OVERVIEW | DEGREE HIGHLIGHTS
Degree Highlights

In this short introduction video, Programme Director Dr Sally Hicks tells us more about the degree in Biomedical Science.

MEET THE TEAM
Meet the Team: Sally Hicks

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Meet the Team: Richard Webb

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Meet the Team: Lowri Mainwaring

Meet Academic Team Lead Dr Lowri Mainwaring who shares her expertise and passion for the subject.

EXPLORE OUR FACILITIES | VIRTUAL TOUR
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Overall Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2020