Wolverhampton School of Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Sandwich placement

BSc (Hons) Sandwich 4 years

The Biomedical Science Sandwich degree will also introduce you to the world of work allowing you apply your knowledge and skills acquired at university in a work environment that is course related. 

The Biomedical Science Sandwich degree will also introduce you to the world of work allowing you apply your knowledge and skills acquired at university in a work environment that is course related. 

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
25 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Sandwich (4 years)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

This extremely popular course opens up opportunities for entry into a variety of careers associated with the field of biomedical science. Throughout the programme specialist knowledge is steadily introduced in the areas of human physiology, disease biology, microbiology, biochemistry and cell biology. Building upon these core topics the course then focuses upon each of the main pathology disciplines, expanding your appreciation of the role of biomedical science in the understanding of disease presentation, diagnosis, prognosis and choice of patient treatment. An appreciation of good professional practice and the development of essential employability skills required for today’s competitive job market are also embedded in the course.

Important practical techniques that will be covered on the course include DNA analysis, cell and tissue identification, antibiotic susceptibility tests, blood typing and coagulation tests. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake an honours research project in your final year, allowing you to develop your skills further in an area of interest to you.

The Biomedical Science Sandwich degree will also introduce you to the world of work allowing you apply your knowledge and skills acquired at university in a work environment that is related Biomedical Science. On this course you will spend a year out on placement after your second year either in the UK or abroad whilst still being supported by a university tutor and a workplace supervisor.

Note: application and selection onto suitable placements for this course is highly competitive and a work placement cannot be guaranteed.


What happens on the course?

Your first year will provide you with a sound grounding in all basic science subjects and includes topics such as the form and function of the human body, disease biology, cell biology and genetics plus microbiology and immunology.

You will then progress to focus upon each of the main specialist pathology disciplines, microbiology, cellular pathology, immunology, haematology and genetics, expanding your appreciation of the role of biomedical science in the understanding of disease presentation, diagnosis, prognosis and choice of patient treatment, and also undertaking practical sessions.

During your second year the University will support you to apply for a suitable placement for your degree.  Both the Departmental placement team and The Careers, Enterprise and the Workplace will direct you to relevant placement opportunities and offer advice on CV building, job seeking and interview techniques.

If successful at gaining work experience, you will be able to start building your network, and trial and refine your employability skills. You will be able to learn from the experiences of professionals, work in teams, acquire technical competence and develop generic and time management skills. Many companies that employ graduates use placement programmes as a method of recruitment, so you could be fast tracked into employment or onto one of their graduate schemes.

On completion of your placement you will return to university for your final year of study and will be able to gain research experience first-hand by managing your own research project with dedicated research active staff. Our first-rate facilities include specialised equipment for microscopy, cell culture, protein synthesis and analysis, immunology, molecular oncology, diabetes, microbiology and molecular pharmacology research.



Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

As a biomedical scientist you will have developed a broad range of skills and knowledge which will prepare you for a career within a range of professions. Recent graduates have successfully obtained employment as biomedical scientists within a range of different pathology laboratories, as laboratory technicians in colleges and universities, and as trainee teachers. The broad range of skills can lead to careers with a wide range of employers including: the NHS, government departments, HM Armed Forces and medical sales companies. The award also provides an ideal background for graduate entry to Medical School and the NHS Scientist Training Programme. In addition, many of our graduates carry on their studies with entry onto Masters awards or PhDs.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course is a well-established IBMS accredited degree on which you will be taught by tutors who are experts their fields including areas such as diabetes, physiology, molecular medicine, cancer, brain tumours, microbiology and molecular immunology. Close links are maintained with local and regional NHS Trusts to ensure that the skills you gain are in line with professional working methods and Biomedical Science practitioners are part of the teaching team to ensure that your course content relates to the current pathology laboratory practice.

As a graduate in Biomedical Science you will be able to:

  • Understand the factors and processes which contribute to human health and disease
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of human form and function, physiology, biochemistry, molecular pathology and the biology and investigation of disease
  • Apply your knowledge to critical analyse, interpret and critically evaluate biomedical data
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills and knowledge of planning and designing experiments and execute independent research based on data generation in challenging learning opportunities
  • To take responsibility for your own learning, foster a spirit of enquiry, and develop attitudes and skills to underpin independent, life-long learning
  • Use effectively transferable skills in communication, IT, numeracy and data analysis, team working, critical thinking, setting tasks, problem solving and self-management and achieve to the maximum of your ability
  • Exercise professionalism, personal responsibility and decision-making as needed for employment or further studies and in other situations
  • Demonstrate graduate attributes of Digital Literacy, Knowledgeable and Enterprising, and Global Citizenship.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2023-24
International Sandwich £13950 per year 2022-23
International Sandwich £13950 per year 2022-23
International Sandwich £14950 per year 2023-24

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above. Equivalents accepted for English GCSE requirements only 

If you do not hold a GCSE grade C/4+ in Mathematics you will be strongly advised to complete your Mathematics GCSE alongside your studies at the University.

Students wishing to take a hospital laboratory placement as part of the Applied Biomedical Science route must have GCSE Maths at C/4 or above or, Level 2 Essential / Key Skill in Application of Number or an equivalent mathematics qualification.


  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD to include at least one Science subject, preferably Biology
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit, 36 of these must be in Science

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply


Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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