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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to Validation

  • Study an exciting and dynamic subject which prepares you for a scientific career in healthcare, biomedical research, education and beyond
  • Gain a specialist degree in a rapidly growing field with subjects relevant to a wide range of NHS, pharmaceutical and biotechnology roles
  • Benefit from a team of research-active academics and experts who work at the forefront of the field and who use interactive and practical teaching approaches to bring theory and practice to life 
  • Access a wide range of specialist equipment within a contemporary laboratory environment and acquire a broad set of practical and intellectual skills and professional attributes

Biomedical scientists are at the heart of multi-disciplinary teams in healthcare. They have played key roles in a wide variety of professional settings, from development of vaccines and pioneering methods of diagnostics and treatment to routine facilitation of clinical decisions. Their specialist knowledge and skills ensure blood stocks are adequate at critical times, match blood to patients, measure chemicals to monitor patient condition, investigate disease by assessing tumour samples or identify microorganisms in the fight against infection. 

This new course provides a contemporary approach to teaching and learning in the fundamental biomedical science areas of human anatomy, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, as well as clinically relevant disciplines of cellular and molecular pathology, medical microbiology, clinical biochemistry, immunology, haematology, and pharmacology, among others.

You will gain experience of working safely in a laboratory and will get equipped with the skills required to plan and conduct experiments, and analyse and evaluate data.

In addition, you will learn how to read scientific literature, interpret and communicate scientific information, and will be gaining analytical and problem-solving skills. Importantly, you will learn how to think ethically and critically, applying own critical judgement and intellectual argument, and will consolidate your ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

This degree is taught alongside our nursing, dietetics, physiotherapy and occupational therapy degrees, providing opportunities for interprofessional learning and practice. Guest lecturers, who are practising biomedical scientists and clinicians, will help put your learning into context and provide networking opportunities. Links with local hospitals and NHS trusts will provide further opportunities for research and collaboration.

In Year 1, you study Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genes and Genomes, Immunology, and Scientific Skills for Biomedical Scientists. 

In Year 2, you build on the foundations laid in your first year by studying Research Methods and Professional Practice, Molecular Biology, Cellular Pathology, Infection and Immunity, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science, Clinical Immunology, and Genomics and Bioinformatics.

In your final year, you undertake an independent Research Project and study modules in Biology of Disease, Medical Microbiology, Clinical Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Current Trends in Biomedicine and Biotechnology, as well as Ethical and Social Aspects of Biomedical Sciences

This is a versatile degree that can givs you an excellent basis for developing a future career in the field. Graduates can be employed in a variety of roles including: biomedical scientist, biotechnologist, clinical scientist in biochemistry, genomics, haematology or immunology, forensic scientist, medicinal chemist, microbiologist, physician associate, research scientist and toxicologist. While many careers require further specialisation following your graduation, you will be equipped with a solid scientific foundation and ethical professional attitude, ready to embark on your independent vocational journey in a whole variety of these possible directions. 

Careers

Graduates may also go on to study at Master’s or Doctorate levels and enter research careers or, indeed, the medical profession via Graduate Entry Medicine degree route. Employers include the Health and Safety Executive, the Medical Research Council, the NHS, research universities, and Public Health England.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduate employability and further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.

Accreditation

This course is seeking accreditation from the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The term ‘Biomedical Scientist’ is a legally protected title and on completion of an IBMS accredited degree you will be eligible to apply to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Currently, we do not offer work placements, however, students may undertake an optional work placement following their graduation in order to complete the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio. This must take place in an IBMS-approved training laboratory.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical labatory classes, allowing opportunities to discuss and facilitate your understanding of topics covered in lectures and to develop your key professional skills.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources, building up on your growing confidence, genuine interest in your subject discipline and a motivation to become a specialist in your chosen professional field.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester. Additional short field-trips and laboratory visits could be organised through our collaborative NHS partnership

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

50% coursework
25% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

50% coursework
20% written exams
30% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

55% coursework
15% written exams
30% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2022 Entry: 112-120 UCAS tariff points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A-Levels: BBC-BBB from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points), including two science subjects, preferably Biology and Chemistry, at grade C or above. Other sciences, including physics, could be considered
  • BTEC/CTEC: DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
  • T Level: Merit in a T Level

In addition to the above, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

For 2022 entry, in addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

  • English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

From 2023 entry, in addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

  • GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1: Level 4

Modules Credits

Biochemistry 15
Cell Biology 15
Genes and Genomes 15
Anatomy and Physiology 15
Microbiology 15
Immunology 15
Scientific Skills 30

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Molecular Biology 15
Clinical Biochemistry 15
Infection and Immunity 15
Genomics and Bioinformatics 15
Cellular Pathology 15
Haematology and Transfusion Science 15
Clinical Immunology 15
Research Methods and Professional Practice 15

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Research Project 30
Biology of Disease 15
Medical Microbiology 15
Clinical Genetics 15
Current Trends in Biomedicine and Biotechnology 15
Pharmacology and Toxicology 15
Ethical and Social Aspects of Biomedical Sciences 15

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International

Year 1 £9,250 £14,100
Year 2 £9,250 £14,100
Year 3 £9,250 £14,100
Total £27,750 £42,300
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £43,685

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £117.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,763.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Laboratory Coat

Whilst we have a set of laboratory coats that you may borrow you may prefer to purchase your own. Indicative cost is £20-£60.

Core Texts

Core texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. These can be bought second hand or as an e-book, which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £70-£299 per academic year.

Placement Expenses

There may be the option of undertaking a placement between years 2 and 3 of the programme that is organised by the University with regional providers. Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University.

Students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. In some cases there may be costs incurred here for travel and accommodation but this depends upon where your placement is located. 

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
B970
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
112-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester