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Biomedical Science, Foundation Degree (London South East Colleges, Bromley Campus)

Start your career in biomedical science with this two-year foundation degree, which covers a range of subjects from microbiology to genetics.

This biomedical science foundation degree prepares you for degree-level learning and a future career in research or laboratory science, with the chance to discover new drugs, cures or treatments. You'll be able to transfer to the BSc Hons degree if you complete the course successfully.

The course will provide you with the relevant skills for working in laboratories. Modules cover topics as diverse as fundamental biology and physiology, medical science, metabolism and disease, microbiology and genetics.

This foundation degree is offered by one of the university's partner colleges, London South East Colleges, on its Bromley Campus.

UCAS points

72 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

B900

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Partner college

LSEC, Bromley Campus

Duration

  • 2 years full-time
  • 3 years part-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Prepare yourself for a future career in research or laboratory science.
  • Transfer to the BSc Hons degree if you complete the course successfully.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

All members of the science team have doctorates within biology, biochemistry and chemistry fields.  All staff have had experience in working within a research or pharmaceutical environment.  They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Entry requirements

If you are

72 UCAS points with at least one A-level in biology and/or chemistry or equivalent.

Plus, at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (9-4), including English language/literature and mathematics, or equivalent qualifications.

Alternatives to A-level:

  • A science-related BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) at MMP.
  • A science-related BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) at DM.
  • Specific vocational, professional and other qualifications (e.g. NVQs, or suitable Access courses) are judged on merit according to their relevance as preparation for the course.
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APL or APEL respectively).
  • Students with EU or overseas qualifications may be admitted according to the current university guidelines. Normally a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for overseas students whose first language is not English.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Typically 10–20. These small class sizes allow lecturers to provide more individual tuition and support.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, practical sessions or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves consolidating your understanding of lectures, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

A typical teaching week will comprise 16 hours of contact time spread over 3 days.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University and LSEC policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

You can apply for a student loan for this course.

Bromley Campus aims to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee. However, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet. These include:

  • Textbooks.
  • Travel to other sites where required.
  • Library fees - if you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines.
  • Any printing and photocopying undertaken to support your learning.
  • Laboratory equipment - a lab coat and spectacles are available to buy new from the College at £15. You pay a £5 deposit for a locker.
  • Graduation ceremonies - it is free for you to attend the ceremony. Guest tickets and robe hire or photography are additional costs payable by you.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This course will prepare you for employment in both the public and private healthcare sectors, including in the National Health Service, National Blood Service, Health Protection Agency and Medical Research Council, veterinary service, the Health and Safety Executive, forensic laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry. You may also go on to take a higher degree and pursue a career in scientific research.

Do you provide employability services?

Members of the science team help you to understand the jobs market and HR selection processes, produce effective CVs and cover letters, and guide you through placement applications.

Links have been established with Viapath, who run pathology services for the NHS and other organisations. We also have links with the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) and St George's Hospital.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our librarians and through the resources on our virtual learning environment.

Although based at the Bromley campus, you will be registered with the University of Greenwich. As such, you will be able to access university resources such as online literature as well as college resources. 

Year 1 students have a dedicated weekly study skills session in Semester 1.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics.

Support from the department

We have a Programme Leader whose role is to provide an additional layer of support for higher education science students at LSEC. For instance, they will help you engage with the course to get the most out of it. They also advise on extenuating circumstances, withdrawals and interruptions.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.