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Biomedical Science (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Overview

Overview

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. This programme will give you a detailed study of human health and disease, focusing on the pathogenesis (mechanism) of disease, diagnostic pathway and therapeutic intervention. It will prepare you for careers in medical diagnostic and research environments.

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to chemistry and to biology
  • A thorough introduction to biochemistry and to pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of energy, life and resources 
  • Fundamentals of nutrition and health
  • Essential skills for science
  • Improved mathematics
  • Laboratory practice.

Degree structure

Approximately a quarter of the programme is taken up with practical-based courses that will build your skills in this area. You will go on to take skills and theoretical development to more advanced levels. You can also carry out an independent research project that comprises one quarter of your final-year study. 

Employability

This programme will advance your academic, professional and laboratory skills for employment in medical diagnostic or research environments. You will develop the knowledge and understanding you require to apply scientific theory to practice. You will also develop transferable skills in information technology, communication, numeracy, problem solving and case study analysis.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To advance your academic, professional and laboratory skills for employment in medical diagnostic and research environments
  • To develop the knowledge and understanding you require to apply theory to practice
  • To develop your transferable skills in information technology, communication, numeracy, problem solving and case study analysis.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. An appropriate portfolio of experience (with relevant details and evidence of training qualifications included) would normally be expected to be produced as part of the application process. The relevant programme leader or head of department may require an interview to be carried out if this is considered necessary.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 64 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate

Subjects:

  • A-level: 64 Points from related subjects, for example biology, sports science, human biology, or physics
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 16 Points from a related science subject
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Applications from mature students.

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

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have no skill less than 5.5, but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall can apply and take the following two additional courses which are designed to support them:
English for Academic Purposes 1               15 credits
English for Academic Purposes 2               15 credits

These 30 credits are additional to the other courses. Such students therefore study 150 credits, but will only pay fees for 120 credits. These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

Extra information

Assessment

Teaching will be carried out through a mixture of:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • laboratory practical classes
  • student-centred intensive workshops.

Typical assessment methods include:

  • Tests
  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Examinations
  • Practical reports
  • Oral presentations.

Careers

The programme 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.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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