Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)

Explore the human body and the disorders that can affect it, to improve the lives of others. From creating new tests, diagnosing life-threatening disease, developing new medical devices and transforming patient care - our dual accredited Biomedical Science BSc will equip you with the multifaceted skill-set to enter a career in the biosciences with extensive specialisation opportunities.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • C900

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

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Why study Biomedical Science at Keele University?

This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Benefit from patient-focused, case-based learning teaching methods
Develop your core practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
Engage with world-class researchers and practitioners who are biomedical scientists working within the hospital environment
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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Our programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Our dual accreditation means that our programme offers professional body assurance on the quality of your degree. It also guarantees you will receive a wide-ranging, research informed scientific education and develop practical skills and experience that employers value.

IBMS accreditation means that the degree is recognised by the NHS and meets the HCPC Standards of Education and Training. If you are interested in the vocational aspects of Biomedical Science you can apply for a clinical placement and transfer over to our Applied Biomedical Science degree that is also approved by the HCPC. This applied route will also meet the CPC Standards of Proficiency.

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James O'Crowley

"Module content combined relevant learning with useful workplace skills and critical thinking. By covering all areas/departments relevant to Biomedical Science and then allowing choice into a broader spectrum of interest, it helps to provide students with a better idea of where they want to go afterwards. "

James, Biomedical Science

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Engage with experts from across the university

The interdisciplinary module content delivered within the programme means you will benefit from academic expertise across the university. From clinical practitioners and nationwide leading educators to academics from the School of Medicine - you will have the opportunity to forge networks with staff from a variety of different disciplines.

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree. For example, the Foundations of Life Sciences module will look at basic cell biology in terms of structure and function and go on to examine how cells obtain their energy and raw materials. It considers how organisms interact and analyses the effects of climate change on ecosystems. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One Modules

FYO-00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits
FYO-00211 Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists 15 credits
FYO-00189 Foundations of Chemistry 15 credits
FYO-00197 Foundations of Life Sciences 15 credits

Semester Two  Modules

FYO-00199 Advancing Life Sciences 30 credits
FYO-00191 Advancing Chemistry 30 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to Apply 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year (UCAS code C933) through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Direct Entry Students

If you  already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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