Northumbria University Biomedical Science

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Northumbria University Biomedical Science

Northumbria University’s BSc Biomedical Science degree is formally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

The course will provide students with both general and specialist knowledge in the field of biomedical science, enabling you to understand the fundamental principles of the pathogenesis of disease and strategies for their investigation and treatment.

In your final year of study, you will be able to select a module that appeals to your personal interests and allows you to tailor your learning to your own career aspirations.

You will also have the opportunity to apply to undertake a one-year placement within the industry or at an accredited NHS training laboratory, allowing you to put the skills you have learned into practise in a real-world environment.

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Students who secure a one-year NHS sandwich placement will move onto the BSc Applied Biomedical Sciences course, which is accredited by the IBMS and Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This allows you to complete the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Registration Portfolio, which combined with the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Sciences degree will allow you on graduation to be able to apply for state registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the HCPC.

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels including Grade B in Biology

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate science subject.

Scottish Highers:
BBBCC – BBBBC at Higher level including Biology, CCC – BCC at Advanced Higher including Biology

Irish Highers:
BBBBB including Biology – ABBBB including Biology

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including Biology

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit including Biology

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types – for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the Internat