Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)
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 (under Key Facts) 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.
You will cover human physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology and immunology. Laboratory and teaching sessions will provide you with the scientific knowledge and technical skills that will underpin your studies in Year 2 and 3. In addition, you will be able to develop relevant analytical, communication and transferable skills.
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 subjects such as medical biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology, transfusion science, medical microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and toxicology will explore the nature and importance of disease processes.
The final year focuses on integrating your learning to provide you 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 and a selection of topics of current relevance to this field. The final year research project will further encourage independent enquiry, the development of technical skills and critical analysis.
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, cystic fibrosis and AIDS. They are able to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and support the research and development of new diagnostic tests or pharmaceutical products.
Graduates will also be equipped to find employment in a variety of contexts, including 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 and further professional qualifications.
Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including Mathematics, Science and English Language (or Welsh First Language) plus one of the following:
- 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
- 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
- Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.
For specific information on entry requirements, please refer to the UCAS website.
Applicants who wish to undertake this course without the foundation should have five GCSEs (or equivalent) to include GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent, as well as one of the following:
- UCAS Tariff: 260 points from at least 2 A levels to include a grades CC in Biology and Chemistry; or 280 points from at least 2 A levels to include a grade C in Biology and an equivalent Science where AS Chemistry has been taken and achieved a grade C. (Physics, Psychology, IT, Maths, Food Technology, Environmental Science or Geography)
- Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences
- BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma 260 points within a Applied Sciences
- 260 points from Highers within the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Biology and Chemistry. Higher Level subjects considered only with a minimum grade C2.
- Pass Access Course with 45 credits at Level 3 within a Science subject
- Qualifications equivalent to the above
If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.
We also welcome applications from students with qualifications equivalent to the above or from those who do not hold formal qualifications but have experience in a relevant area.
If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this degree upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.
The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
UCAS Code(s): B900*
*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.
School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time for those undertaking the foundation year.
You are continually assessed through examinations, coursework and portfolio assignments, presentations, case studies and in the final year, an important component is the completion of a scientific research project & a poster presentation of your research findings.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at http://www.ucas.com/
For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.
Selection is normally based on a completed UCAS application.
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.
For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email email@example.com
For degree course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Sally Hicks:
Tel: 029 2041 6848
For specific enquiries relating to the foundation year only, please contact the programme director, Dr Paul Foley:
Tel: 029 2041 6839
Come and see us
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