Biomedical science focuses on how cells, organs and metabolic systems function in the human body. Through this understanding of health and disease processes, new treatments and therapies can be created or developed, which makes it a very dynamic and exciting field of study.
The 3 year BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences (including integrated Foundation year) is a combination of our Biomedical Foundation followed by our 2 year BSc. It is designed for students who prefer to complete our 2 year BSc but requires additional modules to meet entry criteria for this accelerated degree course.
This course has the same entry requirements as a Biomedical Foundation and the same advantages and progression opportunities of our 2 year BSc. This course is usually most suited to international students and therefore we have included an optional English & Academic Skills module taught in the first semester.
This course is part of the Medipathways® suite of courses, specifically designed for students interested in progressing on to medical, dental school or other healthcare sciences and professions.
Why is this BSc programme unique?
Students who are predicted, or achieve, a 2.1 will be guaranteed an invitation to the second phase of the University of Buckingham MB ChB Selection Process – the MMI. Applicants will also be required to have grade C in English GCSE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.
It allows students to complete a foundation course and BSc (Hons) degree in just 3 years.
Ideal for international students that require additional English and Study Skills support before embarking on a challenging degree course such as medicine or dentistry.
These are the aggregate 2015-18 stats for leavers with a Medipathways® BSc or Pre-Med for medical schools across the UK:
All applicants who graduated: 71% interview | 63% offer
Applicants achieving a 2.1 or higher: 86% interview | 75% offer
Applicants achieving a 1st: 100% interview | 100% offer
This 3 year BSc course Foundation may be suitable for you if you:
Are a UK student who has not taken the usual entry qualifications for a medical or dental degree programme (i.e. you do not have A-levels in Biology and Chemistry or have not achieved the required grades at the first attempt).
Are a student with at least 12 years of schooling from their home country.
Are a suitably experienced mature student (i.e. an individual who has been working in a non-science environment and would like a change of career, or would like to refresh your scientific background).
Are an international student with good high school grades.
Students who have taken the relevant A-levels are expected to obtain B at A-level in a single natural science or mathematics, and GCSE grades of C or above in Maths, English and Science.
If English is not your first language we will ask you to obtain a recognised qualification, such as IELTS. The required IELTS level for this course is 5.5 overall (or equivalent) for international students with 5.5 in reading and 5.0 in listening and speaking.
Please note: If your actual grades fall below these requirements, please contact us to discuss further as we may be able to look into your circumstances and the possibility of an individual plan.
The programme is taught using a range of teaching methodologies such as lectures, small group tutorial sessions, problem-based learning, one-to-one personal tutoring, seminars, practicals and personal assessments.
Year 1 (September – June)
English & Academic Skills (L2) (Optional, Sept-Dec)
Biomedicine I: Genes, Cells & Development (L3)
Chemistry I: Atoms, Molecules & Reactions (L3)
Measurement in the Life Sciences I (L3)
Medicine, Disease & Society (L3)
Biomedicine II: Tissues, Systems & Regulation (L3)
Chemistry II: Periodic & Organic Chemistry (L3)
Measurement in the Life Sciences II (L3)
Investigation in Biomedicine (L3)
Year 2 (September – June)
Foundations of Medical Science (L4)
Doctors, Patients and Health (L4)
Molecular Cell Biology (L4)
Brain, Muscle and Coordination (L4)
Gut, Hormones and Metabolism (L4)
Circulation and Fluid Balance (L4)
Matter and Energy in Medicine (L4)
Year 3 (July – August of following year)
Integrated Pathology and Therapeutics 1 (L5)
Inflammation, Infection and Immunity (L5)
Experiments Data and Evidence (L5)
Cell Signalling and Communication (L5)
Integrated Pathology and Therapeutics 2 (L6)
Genes, Disease and Identity (L6)
Brain, Physiology and Behaviour (L6)
Independent Project (L6)
A prediction of a 2.1 will guarantee an interview at our Medical School and be eligible to apply to many other UK medical and dental schools.
Home and EU students: £36,000 in total for the full 3 year course. (£9,000 for year one, £27,000 for years two and three)
International students: £57,000 in total for the full 3 year course. (£19,000 per year)