Name of Programme
BSc Biomedical Sciences
Final Award
BSc (Hons)
Location
Crewe
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Allied Health
Programme Code(s)
UBSF2SBS / Full Time / 2 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Biosciences
Biomedical Science
Admission Criteria
Three A level passes (including Biology and Chemistry) at BBC or above. A third science is preferred. English language level equivalent to at least 6.5 IELTS or GCSE English Language grade A-C. Mature and APEL students will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicable Cohort(s)
From September 2018
FHEQ Level
6
UCAS Code
B901
Summary of Programme
This is a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Sciences, studied in 2 years (6 Semesters). . It is intended as a
preparatory programme for students intending to apply for medicine and dentistry degrees. Students attend for six
semesters. Intermediate awards are available to students who wish to leave at the end of level 4 subject to
satisfactory completion of all the level 4 modules. Subject coverage includes the following topics (note that these
are not, in every case, the actual names of the modules).
1) The doctor-patient relationship. 2) Molecular Cell Biology. 3) Chemistry and Physics for the Life Sciences. 4)
Neurobiology and Musculoskeletal control. 5) Gastrointestinal function and nutritional biochemistry. 6) Circulation,
breathing and the interior milieu. Modules 1-6 comprise the level 4 CertHE in Medical Sciences.
7 & 8) Integrated pathology and therapeutics. 9) Infection and immunity. 10) Research methods and modelling
approaches. 11) Cell signalling, developmental biology and cancer. 12) Genes, disease and human variation. 13)
Brain and behavior. 14) Independent research project. Modules 7-14 conclude the students’ studies at levels 5 and 6.
Educational Aims of the Programme
The aim is to support applicants to medical or dental school with a rigorous scientific education and professional
mentoring. Students are also encouraged to consider alternatives to medicine and dentistry, including other health
professions, graduate employment and MSc/PhD study. This aim is accomplished via the following objectives: to
introduce students to the molecular and physiological sciences, the physical and data sciences underpinning
biology/health, and the medical humanities; and to develop students’ cognitive, academic and professional
attributes. Further, at the advanced stages of the degree, to educate students in aspects of pathology and
therapeutics, current perspectives in molecular and behavioural medicine, and the use of research tools to generate
original findings in science, medicine and public health. The programme emphasises concepts, mechanisms, data,
and a personal/reflective response to study. Throughout the programme, students will encounter authentic
assessments that test measurable learning outcomes.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the BSc
programme, students will have knowledge and
understanding of the following disciplines.
1. Cell function and tissue architecture
2. Cell communication including endocrine
signals
3. Biochemical pathways and metabolism
4. Macromolecular structure and function
5. Energy and matter transformations in
biology
6. Chemical and physical processes and
modelling
7. Biological information and its transmission
8. Human variation and physiological
evolution
9. Physiological regulation and adaptation
10. Neuroscience and behaviour
11. Skeletomuscular function
12. The main organ systems and their
interrelation
13. Aspects of human pathology and
therapeutics
14. Pharmacology and medicinal chemistry
15. Pathogens, response to infection and
immunity
16. Signalling aspects of developmental biology
and cancer
17. Biological and clinical research methods
18. Data evaluation and critique
19. Hypothesis testing and research,
constructing proposals
20. Bioethics, medical ethics, professional
conduct

Teaching/Learning Strategy

In the course of this programme, students will encounter
these learning activities:
1. Lectures
2. Class tutorials with preparation
3. Small group tutorials/task forces
4. Problem based learning
5. Journal clubs
6. Attendance at external events
7. Student-led seminars
8. In silico labs
9. Wet labs
10. Directed study
11. Personal statement, mock interview

Assessment Strategy

Students will meet these forms of assessment:
1. Essays
2. Case reports
3. Exams and in-class tests
4. Timed open-source tasks
5. Structured problems
6. Tutorial and journal club participation
7. Portfolio entries
8. Wet and dry lab outputs and reports
9. PBL reports
10. Presentations, posters, student lectures
11. Dissertation
12. Project notebook
13. Viva
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

The programme is designed to promote the
development of these graduate attributes, which
map onto scientific and medical habits of
thought:

1. Interpretation of data
2. Critical Thinking
3. Synthesis of data from different sources
4. Justification/decision making
5. Innovative thinking

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Lectures
2. Class tutorials with preparation
3. Small group tutorials/task forces
4. Problem based learning
5. Journal clubs
6. Attendance at external events
7. Student-led seminars
8. In silico labs
9. Wet labs
10. Directed study
11. Personal statement, mock interview

Assessment Strategy

1. Essays
2. Case reports
3. Exams and in-class tests
4. Timed open-source tasks
5. Structured problems
6. Tutorial and journal club participation
7. Portfolio entries
8. Wet and dry lab outputs and reports
9. PBL reports
10. Presentations, posters, student lectures
11. Dissertation
12. Project notebook
13. Viva
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

Practical skills (subject specific):
1. Laboratory technique: protocols in cell
biology, chemistry, biochemistry and
anatomy
2. Assessment of histological specimens
3. Bioinformatic skills
4. Practical biomedical modelling
5. Practical statistics and meta-analysis
6. Level 5/6 students may undertake student
selected components or ‘wet’ projects in
microbiology, molecular biology or
biochemistry.

Transferable skills (generic):
1. Constructive thinking,
2. Independent learning and self-guided study
3. Team working skills
4. Communicating effectively,
5. Self-awareness and reflection
6. Time Management skills
7. Planning and Organisational skills
8. IT skills

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Practical skills:
1. Lab exercise: cell biology, neuroscience,
endocrinology, renal system, chemistry.
2. Specimen observation and drawing (including
microscopic)
3. Cadaver lab visit
4. Bioinformatics lab
5. Modelling lab
6. Metaanalysis
7. Lectures/demonstrations
8. Independent projects/ Dissertation

Transferable skills:
1. Medimentor reports/MMI performance
2. Medipathways student conference
3. The programme embeds these professional and
employability skills in class tutorials, assessments,
and the PBL process.
4. Supervised workshop leading (level 6 students
teaching level 4)

Assessment Strategy

Practical skills:
1. Lab notebook
2. Pathology journal
3. In silico biology assignments
4. Statistics, meta-analysis and sequencing
assignments
5. Group project in physical modelling
6. (For projects) Dissertation and viva

Transferable skills:
1. Timed open-source tasks
2. Feedforward exercises and self-assessment
3. Tutorial and journal club participation
4. Portfolio entries
5. Wet and dry lab outputs and reports
6. PBL reports
7. Presentations, posters, student lectures
8. Dissertation
9. Project notebook
10. Viva
External Reference Points
Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
(Link);

How to Use Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria by David Gosling and Jenny Moon. Published by
SEEC. (Link).
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
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