BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Course details

  • UCAS CodeBS21
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT), 6 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Why choose this course?

Our course has been designed to provide a rich and dynamic student experience, achieved through a partnership between Wrexham Glyndwr University and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board North Wales Clinical Research Centre. The programme is ideally suited to those seeking to study & practice within the biomedical sciences and healthcare sector.

This course:

  • has been carefully aligned with the requirements of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the Professional Body that accredits the course.
  • offers a flexible programme with named routes to cater for the learning and personal/professional development needs of students wishing to work within a biomedical, clinical and healthcare perspective.
  • is taught by a highly experienced team of Biomedical Scientists, clinicians, clinical scientists, academics, and other healthcare professionals with a range of subject and research expertise.
  • allows students to develop their research skills, explore specialist areas, and complete an independent research project.

Students will:

  • develop knowledge, while analytical skills will be improved by undertaking laboratory-based investigations employing biomedical methodology.
  • undertake a five-week block of laboratory-based work at NWCRC, engaging with researchers and Biomedical Scientists. Additionally, some research projects in both the second and final year of the course may be conducted at the NWCRC.
  • after graduating from this course, be thoroughly grounded in ethical and reflective practice, and have a sound subject-specific and research knowledge base. 
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Key course features

  • Delivered in conjunction with BCUHB NWCRC to ensure an authentic and contemporary education within real biomedical settings, embedded throughout the programme.
  • Access highly specialised facilities and equipment based both within the university and NWCRC
  • Inclusive and supportive teaching with tutorial support available through the medium of Welsh
  • Accredited with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Year one of the programme establishes a platform of core knowledge across key subject areas including biology, physiology, mathematics and statistics, whilst also introducing students to immunology and microbiology. Specific modules ensure the acquisition of the necessary laboratory skills and a well-grounded understanding of professional issues relevant to the Biomedical Scientist.

MODULES

  • Professional Practice for the Biomedical & Life Sciences
  • Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Genetics
  • Maths and statistics for science
  • Essential skills for the Life Sciences
  • Applied physiology in wellbeing
  • Introduction to Immunology & Microbiology

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Year two of the programme largely comprises specialist modules to give students the necessary knowledge in key areas of biomedical science. Students are also primed in research methodology and will design and carry out a mini project to prepare them for the final year project. Practical skills are reinforced in a 5-week intensive block spent at the North Wales Clinical Research Centre.

MODULES

  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Blood Sciences
  • Research Methods, Theory and Practice
  • Cellular & Histopathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Advanced Laboratory Skills for the Biomedical & Life Sciences

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

The final year of study focuses upon topics at the forefront of current research in biomedical science and will further develop students critical and analytical skills. A significant part of the final year is a 40 credit research project in which students carry out an independent piece of research in an area of special interest to them.

MODULES

  • Research Project
  • Biology of Disease
  • Clinical Genetics & Cancer Biology
  • Infectious Disease, Immunity & Inflammation
  • Advances in Medicine: Diagnostics & Therapeutics

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent, including a science at level 3.

 

Teaching & Assessment

A broad range of assessment methods are used; these include learning journals, group projects,  portfolios, coursework, literature reviews, oral and poster presentations, case studies and laboratory reports, and written exams/ in-class tests. Each module is assessed by a variety of methods (e.g. case studies, essays, laboratory reports, presentations, etc.), enabling students to display their full potential. A project dissertation will form one of the final parts of your assessment.

Teaching & Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The course is integrated through a study of the biology of disease, including modern concepts and applications of biomedical science in research, diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders. It creates wide-ranging opportunities for employment in fields including hospital pathology laboratories (NHS/private sector), biomedical/pharmaceutical industries, or public health laboratories. It provides preparation for undertaking the Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence (a compulsory requirement for being a registered Biomedical Scientist affiliated with the Health & Care Professions Council), and for those students wishing to undertake a career in research, teaching, medicine or to pursue studies towards a Masters or PhD. The skills developed will also ensure employment opportunities outside of immediate biomedical science areas as a further option.

 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

Subject to validation and accreditation

Courses shown as “subject to validation and accreditation” are new courses which are in development and the details of these courses are in the process of being finalised through the approval cycle, known as the ‘validation’ process. These courses are also in the process of applying for accreditation/recognition by external bodies, known as PSRBs – Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies, which is a separate external approval process with the relevant PSRBs.  

As soon as the programmes are validated and accredited the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of new courses that are still ‘subject to validation and accreditation’ are approved as expected however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider. 

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section