BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year)

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year)


If you don’t have the right qualifications to start our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree or if you want to gain more confidence in higher level work, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation year. You’ll start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your scientific skills and knowledge.

Biomedical Science is an exciting, interdisciplinary subject exploring the normal functioning of the human body at the molecular, cellular and whole organism levels and how understanding these processes enables breakthroughs in the treatment of human disease and improvements to health.

Placing significant emphasis on laboratory techniques and scientific communication from writing labs reports, critical evaluation of scientific data and solving research problems, this biomedical science course provides essential skills required for a wide range of scientific careers.

Typical A-Level Offer
DD, 48 tariff points to include a relevant Science subject but exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass in a relevant subject

Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science with a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

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Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.


Foundation Year: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Foundation biology
  • Introduction to human anatomy and physiology
  • Foundation chemistry
  • Physical science
  • Key skills and professional development
  • Scientific data literacy

Year one: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Skills and Professional Development 1
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Skills for Biomedical Scientists
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Diversity of Cellular Life
  • Genetics and Evolution

Year two: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Skills and Professional Development 2
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Microorganisms and disease
  • Cellular Pathology and Disease Processes
  • Human Molecular Genetics

Year three: Biomedical Science Degree

  • Research Project and Career Development
  • Global Heath Challenges
  • Modern Molecular Advances
  • Bench to Bedside

With biomedical options of:

  • Regenerative Medicine OR
    Applied Forensic Toxicology

Or anthropology option:

  • Human Variation


You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes. You will typically spend 15 – 20 hours in scheduled classes per week, and are expected to spend the same amount of time doing background reading and working on assignments.

There is strong emphasis on applied, practical learning throughout each year of the course, which culminates in all students undertaking an extensive project in their final year. A wide range of projects are available from microbiology, cancer biology, reproductive biology and genetics.


Your course leader is your first point of contact to discuss any questions you may about the course in general. The module leaders will be able to help you, specific issues on a particular module, for example in relation to assessments.

All students will be assigned an academic member of staff at the start of their studies to provide more general help, for example on career development and academic life in general


Assessment methods vary by module and include coursework such as laboratory reports, essays, oral presentations, problem solving and in-class or online tests as well as written examinations.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


This BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree provides the scientific basis for a career in a range of fields, including biomedical research, teaching, and biotechnology industries, as well as postgraduate study (e.g. MSc or PhD). Graduates may also choose to progress to careers in healthcare, for example, as Physicians Associates or working in Public Health.


Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!


You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.


You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.


You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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