also available in 2017
A Level Requirements
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Full time 3 Year(s)
Lancaster’s Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and laboratory techniques associated with Biomedical Science – a subject dealing with the study of life processes within the context of human health and disease. This IBMS-accredited degree, along with a training period in an NHS lab, represents a core route to employment in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist. We offer competitive training placements in NHS labs to our Biomedical Science students.
Taught jointly with clinical and biomedical staff from local hospitals, our Biomedical Science degree is a very structured scheme in which the majority of modules are compulsory. Our degree is designed to focus on the key aspects of modern day biomedicine. It is ideal for students with a broad interest in human life processes and disease as teaching places an emphasis on the molecules and mechanisms fundamental to life processes and how these are disrupted by disease.
You’ll begin your degree with the study of 15 wide-ranging modules, including Biomedical Science in Practice, Biomedicine and Society, and Diagnosis in Biomedical Science.
In the second year of your course, you’ll move on to study subjects such as Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, and Medical Microbiology. Finally, in this highly specialised degree scheme, you’ll focus even more on aspects of human disease by taking modules in Cancer, Medical Genetics, and Pathobiology.
As part of your Biomedical Science degree, you will also carry out a laboratory-based project and can draw on the expertise of our academic staff who have vast biomedical research experience. This includes research into skin, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers; Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; arthritis and other human conditions and diseases.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level Biology and one other science subject preferably from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
GCSE Mathematics grade B, English Language grade C
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Biology and 6 in one further HL science subjects preferably from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science including sufficient Biology and Chemistry content
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.
Our IBMS accredited degree is a path to employment as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS. Also this particular degree opens up research-based careers in the biochemistry of human diseases and conditions, as well as in biomedicine. In addition to postgraduate study for MSc or PhD qualifications, there are many opportunities in management, finance, marketing and the pharmaceutical industry, with recent graduates employed by Glaxo SmithKline and ALcontrol Laboratories.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from
the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here:
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.
Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.
Bursaries for life, living and learning:
Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018.
It is recommended, but not compulsory, that students join the Biochemical Society. The cost for this will be approximately £20. Biological Sciences students have the option to attend the LEC field trip and students will need to pay for travel costs.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.