BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science/Biomedical Science

Biomedical scientists carry out laboratory tests on specimens sent for analysis by GPs and other healthcare professionals.

Biomedical Science is vital for the clinical diagnosis of disease and accurate treatment of patients and the operation of the NHS and other health-related industries.

We offer the only Biomedical Science programme with placement in Glasgow that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a biomedical scientist, including cellular pathology, clinical biochemistry, haematology, and clinical microbiology. A key strength of the programme is a work-based placement in a Scottish hospital by selection. International students are not eligible for consideration for placement.

Year 1

Chemistry, Cells and Biomolecules, Physiology 1 & 2, Core Skills in Biosciences 1.

Year 2

Introduction to Microbiology, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Core Skills in Biosciences 2, Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Haematology, Biomedical Science Clinical Skills.

Year 3

Applied Biomedical Science: Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology, Systematic and Cellular Pathology, Practice Placement. Biomedical Science: Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology, Systematic and Cellular Pathology, Cellular Signalling and Trafficking, Microbial Genomes or Pharmacology of Chemical Mediators, Novel Therapies and Cell Technologies, Experimental Design and Analysis, Option: Biosciences Workplace Experience.

Year 4

Biology of Disease, Bacterial Pathogenicity or (Re)emerging Infections, Advanced Blood Science, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, Project and Workshop (double module).

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
B940
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
B940
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

We're in UCAS Clearing!

Clearing spaces are available on this course for students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland and international students.

To enquire about a Clearing place at GCU, speak to our helpful Clearing team on 0800 027 9171.

Standard entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB including Chemistry, one other science and essay-based subject such as English, History or Modern Studies plus Maths/English/Biology or Human Biology at Int 2/Nat 5 B.

A level: BBC including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science, English and Maths at B/6

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry at Higher plus English (or essay-based subject) plus 1 other science, plus Ordinary level English, Maths and Biology at 02

IB Diploma: 28 points must include Chemistry at Higher level and Biology Standard level at 5

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology at DMM plus GCSE Double Science at BB is essential in addition to GCSE English and Maths

College HNC: Relevant subject which must include Genetics with B in graded units and sufficient coverage of chemistry.

SWAP: Science programme at BBB.

Foundation apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Year 2

A level: ABB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, plus GCSE English at B/6.

College HNC: 15 credit HNC in relevant subject (must include Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology unit) with A in graded unit.

Year 3

College HND: Relevant subject with AB in graded units

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Written exam

  • 70%
  • 73%
  • 53%
  • 53%


Coursework assessment

  • 23%
  • 24%
  • 39%
  • 44%


Practical exam

  • 7%
  • 3%
  • 8%
  • 3%

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Scheduled learning and teaching

  • 27%
  • 25%
  • 24%
  • 27%


Independent study

  • 73%
  • 75%
  • 76%
  • 73%


Placement study

  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 0%