Biomedical Science / Applied Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Coventry University
Program overview
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
July 2023

July 2024

July 2025
Coventry University

About this program

Biomedical Science / Applied Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Key contributors to modern healthcare, biomedical scientists play a vital role in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, monitoring treatments and developing advanced diagnostic tools or novel therapeutic strategies.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which is required for practice within the National Health Service (NHS), this broad-based Biomedical Science degree integrates a wide range of subjects to promote the understanding of how the human body works and the biology of disease. You will also have the opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge in laboratory management.

The academic content of both the Biomedical Science and Applied Biomedical Science BSc degrees is the same. All students are initially enrolled onto the IBMS accredited Biomedical Science degree. However if you complete a one year placement* in an approved laboratory between years 2 and 3 you will transfer to Applied Biomedical Science. On the Applied Biomedical Science degree you will have the opportunity to complete all the necessary requirements for registration during your course and will be eligible to apply for HCPC registration as soon as you graduate and hence will be eligible to immediately apply for Biomedical Science posts.

Admission requirements

UK students


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in distinctions in biology.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

International students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year one

  • Human Physiology from Cells to Systems
  • Genotype to Phenotype
  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Biomolecules
  • Academic and Professional Development for Life Sciences
  • Enzymes and Metabolism
  • The Microbial World
  • Drugs, Receptors and Responses
  • Professional Practice for Life Scientists.

Year two

  • Genetic Basis of Disease
  • Infectious Disease and Immune Defence
  • Haematology and Blood Disorders
  • Investigative Approaches to Inherited Immune Disorders
  • Cellular Basis of Disease
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders
  • Biomedical Science Professional Practice.

Placement year

  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year (Approved Biomedical Science laboratory with IBMS portfolio completion)
  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year
  • Enhancement Year.

Final year

  • Medical Microbiology and Virology
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology
  • Research Design in Biomedical Science
  • Independent Project in Biomedical Science
  • Cancer Biology
  • Clinical Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Investigative Approaches in Haemato-oncology
  • Optional modules.

Program delivery

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich


  • UK & EU students : £9,250 per year.
  • International students : £15,100 per year.


On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of human physiology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, immunology and pharmacology and their applications (including in prevention and treatment of disease).
  • The theoretical and practical aspects of pathology and disease diagnosis and their application to biomedical science
  • The theoretical and practical aspects of chemical, molecular and biochemical analytical techniques

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate laboratory competence in the aspects of generic and specialised skills required in experimental biology, including experimentation and measurements on humans, safety (e.g. key laboratory skills and competencies, good laboratory practice) and ethical considerations.
  • Apply scientific methods to critical analysis of literature, evidence based practice, reflection, information searching and experimental design in the biological sciences.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in data collection, analysis and presentation, including appropriate aspects of information technology and interpretation of information through statistical methods.
  • Work safely in the laboratory, undergoing progressively more advanced laboratory-based investigations based on competence in techniques for physiological measurement, pharmacological assays, analytical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular physiology and microbiology.
  • Operate, to lead and collaborate in a team in order to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.

The educational aims of the course are to:

  • Develop an in depth understanding of the normal processes of the human body, and the mechanisms underlying disease states.
  • Enable students to develop skills and strategies to apply their knowledge to address global issues in human health and disease, in a fast advancing scientific and technical environment.
  • Provide a stimulating learning experience that encourages an inquisitive approach to enable students to become lifelong learners in their professional discipline.
  • Provide supervised opportunities for development of contemporary laboratory skills and competencies, including data analysis and interpretation, enabling students to progress as independent laboratory scientists.
  • Provide opportunities for students to plan and carry out a research based project, and to develop the associated skills of time and resource management, independent and team based working and problem solving.
  • Provide enriching experiences that support and enhance the academic curriculum, to allow students to develop their potential to contribute to the world wide biomedical science community
  • Ensure that students are aware of, and can work within, the ethical and professional codes of conduct expected of a biomedical scientist.

Continuing studies

The course is also an excellent foundation for further postgraduate studies leading to a Master’s or PhD.

Career paths

The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing.

About this institute

Coventry University

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Coventry University

Priory St
CV1 5FB Coventry


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