BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Experience research-informed education by exploring the scientific basis of human health, disease and therapeutics. You’ll benefit from a rich and varied learning environment that highlights recent developments and examines how these inform clinical and diagnostic practice.

Course details

Receive the input of internationally-recognised researchers and NHS staff and open up a range of employment opportunities in both industrial and public research laboratories.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus

Plymouth University

Course overview

You will stand out with a degree accredited by the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS) and benefit from an option to transfer to BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science at the end of your second year, complete a yearlong NHS placement and work as a professional NHS Biomedical Scientist. You will enjoy our unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses and have the opportunity to experience more with an optional placement year.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff 112 – 128

GCSEs: Grade C/4 or above in Mathematics and English. Consideration may be given to equivalent qualifications such as Functional Skills.

Plus one of the following:

A levels: 112–128 Tariff points to include a minimum of three A levels, including Grade B in Biology/Human Biology, and Grade B in a relevant second science. General Studies excluded. 

Relevant second sciences: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Psychology, and IT. 

Access to HE Diploma: Pass an Access to HE Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits at distinction, including 15 Level 3 credits in Biology and 15 Level 3 credits in a second relevant science. The remaining 15 Level 3 credits must be at merit or above. 

BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM – depending on the BTEC and units studied. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application or contact Admissions for further advice.

T level: Accepted – preference pathways would be Health or Science. Typical offer will be confirmed once an application is received.

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall to include Grade 5 in Higher Level Biology and Grade 5 in a second relevant science. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent at higher level = 4, standard level = 5 

International qualifications: We welcome applicants offering a wide range of international qualifications. Applications are considered on an individual basis, depending on the subjects studied.


For students who wish to work in the NHS as a professional Biomedical Scientist, there is the opportunity to transfer to BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science at the end of the second year and undertake a yearlong placement in an accredited NHS laboratory. Transfer is competitive and not guaranteed with applicants undergoing a behaviours-based interview, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health (OH) assessment. Successful completion of the placement enables BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science graduates to apply to the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a Biomedical Scientist and work within the NHS.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation (BHCS1001Z)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems (BHCS1002)
  • Human Metabolism (BHCS1003)
  • Introduction to Human Pathology (BHCS1004PPZ)
  • Human Disease (BHCS1005)
  • Infection and Immunity (BHCS1006)
  • Study skills and personal development (BHCS1011)
  • Biology of Disease (BHCS2001Z)
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Biomedical Science (BHCS2002Z)
  • Genetic Continuity and Diversity (BHCS2003Z)
  • Cell Biology in Health and Disease (BHCS2004Z)
  • Clinical Haematology and Biochemistry (BHCS2005Z)
  • Infection, Immunity and Disease (BHCS2006Z)
  • Placements and Employability (BHCS2027)
  • Personal Research Project (BHCS3001Z)
  • Personal Development and Employability (BHCS3031)

Optional modules

  • Molecular and Cellular Pathology (BHCS3002)
  • Clinical Microbiology (BHCS3003)
  • Specialist Biochemistry and Screening (BHCS3004)
  • Transplantation and Transfusion Science (BHCS3005)
  • Cellular Basis of Immunity (BHCS3006)
  • Current Issues in Neurobiology (BHCS3007)
  • Current Developments in Biomedical Science (BHCS3008)
  • Medical Genetics (BHCS3009)