King’s College London Biomedical Science Entry Requirements

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King’s College London Biomedical Science Entry Requirements

King’s College London Biomedical Science Entry Requirements

Biomedical Science BSc

Overview

Our flexible Biomedical Science BSc offers a broad introduction to the major themes and topics behind one of the UK’s great scientific and commercial success stories. You will benefit from high-quality teaching in the School of Bioscience Education and choose from a wide range of modules to develop a Biomedical Science degree programme that reflects your scientific strengths and interests.

    • Europe’s largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education
    • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
    • 88% Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
    • Contemporary approach based on our history of pioneering discoveries – including our part in finding the structure of DNA
    • One of the UK’s best graduate employment rates
    • Flexible options to tailor your degree to your scientific interests
    • Career opportunities through overseas study, work placement or to switch to a four-year MSci.

UCAS code BC99

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Locations

 

Biomedical Sciences at King’s

In the heart of London

The Biomedical Science BSc is a degree of choice. It is the most popular and flexible degree programme in the School’s BSc portfolio as it allows students to devise their own course of study that reflects their developing interests and strengths.

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Course detail

Description

The Biomedical Science BSc interdisciplinary degree is the most popular of our Bioscience programmes, with an entry of approximately 230 students per year. It offers you great flexibility for your second and third years at university, including options to study abroad or undertake a work placement. Offering high-quality teaching throughout, the programme will allow you to follow a degree programme that reflects your individual scientific strengths and interests.

This programme forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ programmes within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other programme within this suite.

You can also apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci programmes: Biochemistry MSci; Molecular Genetics MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci. In year three you can apply to transfer to the Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci .

In year two you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to apply to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer (to be taken between the second and third years).

Teaching

The programme of study is delivered through lectures, seminars and practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

 

Course stage Percentage of time in scheduled learning and   teaching activities Percentage of time in guided independent   study Percentage of time on placements
Year 1 25% 75% n/a
Year 2 19% 81% n/a
Year 3 22% 78% n/a

 

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical observation.

Course stage Percentage of Assessment by Written Exams Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams Percentage of Assessment by Coursework
Year 1 78% 5% 17%
Year 2 78% 13% 9%
Year 3 68% 8% 24%

 

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • National University of Singapore
  • The University of California
  • The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Programmes incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Placement companies and establishments in the past have included:

  • CIB (Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas), Madrid
  • Eli Lilly & Company Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline Co. Durham / Stevenage / Uxbridge
  • Huntingdon Life Sciences Limited
  • Imanova Ltd, Imperial College
  • Life Science Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Medical Research Council Technology
  • MRC National Institute for Medical Research
  • Novartis Switzerland / UK / USA
  • NUS Singapore
  • OSI Prosidion Limited
  • Pfizer
  • Pneumolabs UK Limited, Stevenage
  • St George’s, University of London
  • UCB
  • William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary’s University London
  • Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (CARD), King’s College London

Course accreditation

In recognition of its focus on research and academic excellence, our Biomedical Science with extra-mural year BSc has been given Degree Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates of an accredited programme can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow you to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years earlier than graduates from other degree programmes.

Location

This course is taught at our Guy’s and Waterloo Campus, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Other related courses:

  • Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc
  • Biochemistry BSc/MSci
  • Medical Physiology BSc
  • Molecular Genetics BSc
  • Neuroscience BSc/MSci
  • Pharmacology BSc
  • Nutrition BSc

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

 

Structure

This is a three-year course based a combination of required and optional modules. Each year you will study modules to a total of 120 credits. We review our modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change.

There are options to switch to any other course in the Bioscience suite or to a four-year MSci after year one. You can also choose to study abroad during year two or take an extramural year between years two and three.

 

 

Required Modules
  • Biochemistry  (15 credits)
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences  (15 credits)
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology  (15 credits)
  • Cell Biology and Neuroscience  (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology and Anatomy (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Skills for the Biosciences (15 credits)

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

 

A Level subjects – University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

 

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and Biology.  Preferred subjects Physics and Maths.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics.  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

 

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form.
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff.
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £22,800 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item Description
Equipment College approved calculator for exams (Casio fx83 or  fx85)

 

Study Abroad If you study abroad as part of your course, King’s will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

 

While students are on a study abroad or extra-mural year, King’s will continue to invoice students for a proportion of King’s tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Career prospects

Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork.  Our graduates are well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers. Others have continued to study in medicine, dentistry and other related fields including pharmaceutical sciences, cardiovascular pharmacology and biomedical research.