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  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 83H7
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Course Specifications View
  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

 

 

This HND level course introduces you the study of a variety of Biomedical Science disciplines including microbiology, cellular pathology, immunology, haematology and genetics that will help you understand the essential role of the Biomedical Scientist and begin to build a link between diagnosis and treatment of disease. The course takes place at an institution where your fellow students are undertaking various related programmes of study in a wide variety of medicine and Healthcare Science related subjects. As such you will mix and learn with students with a wide variety of interests and experience providing the opportunity for cross-subject interaction and learning. Additionally the course provides the opportunity for a 6 week work placement in a hospital or research laboratory providing essential work experience and employability skills. The course is structured to allow you to develop and succeed, regardless of your academic background and experience.

You will experience progressive, coherent and challenging learning opportunities underpinned by research, scholarly activity and appropriate staff development that will allow you to demonstrate clearly defined subject specific and generic academic outcomes and to develop a range of key skills for subsequent employment and/or further study.

 

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 examine human physiology, molecular pathology, and the biology and investigation of disease also undertaking practical sessions.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

 

 

HND qualifications are widely recognised in the scientific establishment as vocational courses which prepare students for vocational employment. As such, the skills provided in the course will provide opportunities in the technical disciplines at technician level.

Biomedical science graduates are in demand across the country, because the nature and breadth of the programme we offer develops skills that are highly valued by employers.

 

The integral course skills in diagnosis, medical research, laboratory analysis, scientific reasoning, instrumentation, information technology and report writing which are particularly relevant to growing career sectors like education, cancer research, medical laboratories, pharmaceuticals and forensics.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 

 

Why biomedical sciences?

Biomedical science graduates are in demand across the country because the nature and breadth of the degree we offer develops skills that are highly valued by employers.
 
The integral course skills in diagnosis, medical research, laboratory analysis, scientific reasoning, instrumentation, information technology and report writing are particularly relevant to growing career sectors like education, cancer research, medical laboratories, pharmaceuticals and forensics.

 

 

 

At the end of this course you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate you understand disease presentation, diagnosis and treatment through studying underpinning scientific subjects and biomedical science specialist subjects, and understand how the human body functions normally and when diseased.

2. Demonstrate scientific, intellectual and practical skills to successfully plan and carry out laboratory investigations in biomedical science and evaluate biomedical data.

3. Exercise professionalism, personal responsibility and decision-making as needed for employment and in situations requiring the exercise of professionalism, personal responsibility and decision-making.

This course produces diplomates who have a broadly based education and training in the areas of science that underpin the disciplines associated with biomedical science.

It will make you aware of the contributions biomedical science makes to improve preventative medicine, diagnosis, and patient care and treatment whilst providing a sound educational foundation on which you can build, by further study, at any stage of your future career to degree level of study. It also provides an opportunity to gain experience of laboratory work.

Many students who initially begin study for HND Biomedical Science wish to continue with their studies to degree level. If you are currently studying HND Biomedical Science you will have the opportunity to transfer to BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science as follows:

either:

At the end of the first year of HND Biomedical Science, if you have achieved 120 credits, instead of proceeding to the second year of HND Biomedical Science, you may transfer to the second year of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course. This will allow application for work-based placements associated with the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science course, and subsequent transfer if successful in gaining a placement.

or:

At the end of the second year of HND Biomedical Science, if you have achieved 120 credits in year 1 and 120 credits in year 2, you may transfer to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course. It will not allow consideration for transfer to the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science route.

N.B. In either case, if you transfer to the BSc Biomedical Science degree course either at the end of year 1 or at the end of year 2, you need to be aware that you will NOT be awarded an HND in Biomedical Science. This is because you cannot use the same module grades to achieve two separate awards so by transferring to BSc you will be using your level 4 (and level 5) modules for a BSc award, NOT an HND.

2020 Entry

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above (equivalencies not accepted) 

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

PLUS EITHER 

  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels or equivalent to include a Science subject preferably Biology.
  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science grade PP or BTEC QCF Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science grade M.
  • Access to HE Diploma Full Award (60 credits), to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 18 level 3 credits must be in Science.
  • 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 here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

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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