Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

Four year

Eight year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Learn how to apply biology based science to clinical medical situations. Our biomedical science foundation year pathway aims to build foundational knowledge and understanding of the biological and chemical principles that underpin the biomedicine field before you progress onto the full BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree programme.

This pathway is recommended if you want to study the full honours degree, but don’t meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have the knowledge, practical and analytical skills required to confidently and effectively progress to study biomedical science at degree level.

Biomedicine courses at Salford are complemented by visits to local pathology laboratories and the contribution of external NHS specialists and biomedical scientists, with whom we have strong long lasting links.

You will:
  • Gain a broad, basic knowledge of biological and chemical principles to prepare you for more advanced study
  • Develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist or for a career in medical laboratory research
  • Learn from research active staff
Placement

options available

Course accreditations
Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You are from a non-scientific background and would like to pursue a career in science

2.

You are returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

3.

You did not obtain the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Course details

All about the course

Science tutor in the laboratory

Foundation Year 

The introductory foundation year is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of human and natural sciences, taking into account the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of biomedical science.

Following a carefully-designed suite of modules, you will strengthen your knowledge of biological and chemical principles, and feel confident in a live laboratory environment. Alongside building biomedical knowledge, you will also develop communication and study skills so you can succeed at a higher level.

If you successfully complete and pass the foundation year, you will automatically progress on to the full BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree program. 

BSc Degree

For a further three years of study - or four, if you choose an industry placement, you'll explore some fascinating biomedical science subjects, including pathophysiology, immunology, clinical and molecular genetics and cell pathology. 

  • During year one, you will focus on a range of theoretical and practical modules that introduce human anatomy, genetics, molecules and microbes
  • As you progress into year two, you will gain insight into the world of disease processes, and how they are diagnosed and treated, by following modules in human physiology, haematology and pathophysiology. You will also find out what is required to become a registered biomedical scientist.
  • In your final year, further specialised bioscience modules will shape your knowledge, as you continue to sharpen your laboratory skills. Your final year also includes a research project, where you can choose from a wide range of medical topics (including neurodegenerative diseases, heart and lung disease, microbiology, immunology and cancer research) and work with expert academics and technicians in our Biomedical Research Centre. 
Industry Placements

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Thanks to our longstanding health sector links, many of our biomedical students have successfully completed placements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, and Aintree Hospital.

Foundation year

Biological Principles

Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.

Chemical Principles

This module will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the periodic table, classification within chemistry, reaction processes and quantities, and the fundamentals of organic chemistry through lectures, laboratory workshops and independent study via an interactive learning platform.

Scientific Methods

This module will help you develop practical skills in the fields of biological, chemical and environmental science. It includes the use of glassware and instrumentation, developing data recording and analysis skills, and foundational laboratory-training. It also aims to train all students on how to write-up experimental work via an interactive learning platform, which includes pre- and post- laboratory training exercises. 

Professional Communications

This module will provide students with a structured and supportive environment in which to develop their academic practice and professionalism. This will be achieved through a series of lectures and tutor-led seminars that will equip students with the skills required for successful study in Higher Education.

Data Handling

Develop skills for the application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective the presentation and communication of data and ideas.

Science for Health

Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.

Year one

Genetics

Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future. 

Molecules to Microbes

This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.

Human Anatomy

In the first trimester, this module is intended to provide a systems-led approach to understand basic human anatomy, embryology and the structure function relationships therein. In the second trimester, this is further explored at a microscopic level through studying the histology of human tissues. 

Biomedical Skills

This practical based module will allow the development of key laboratory skills in the context of working as a biomedical scientist. Hands on practical lab experience and skills assessment are supported by tutorials, virtual laboratory simulation, topical discussion and reflection, in relation to the HCPC standards of proficiency.

Professional Skills

In this module you will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically throughout your degree, as well as an appreciation of personal development planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.

Cell Biology

This module provides a broad cell biology knowledge base, building a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to subsequent modules within several bioscience degrees.

Year two

Clinical and Molecular Genetics

Clinical and Molecular Genetics will enable students to gain practical skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics, through linked laboratory and computer sessions. The lecture programme is delivered by three academics, each an expert in their specific area of clinical and molecular genetics. Topics covered include, current molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, the control of bacterial and eukaryotic gene expression and the effect of mutations on gene expression and how this can lead to human genetic diseases.

Medical Biochemistry

You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical and biochemical testing and their relevance to clinical diagnostics. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques used in clinical chemistry laboratory.

Haematology and Transfusion

Biomedical scientists collect and analyse blood samples for the diagnosis of diseases or ensure blood for patient transfusion is available and safe. In this module you will investigate the formation, composition, function and diseases of blood and how it is identified, separated and stored for donation.

Pathophysiology

This module will provide students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the wide range and inter-related nature of disease and major diagnostic approaches. Students will use a range of primary and secondary information sources and group-based discussions to develop a transferable understanding of pathophysiology. This module is delivered into different programme pathways including campus based full-time and part-time studies, and work-based part-time studies, eg apprenticeship. The precise mode of delivery, and support for module content and its assessment will depend on the pathway being taken. Your learning will be supported by lectures, workshops and online material, alongside guided independent reading. On completion you will be sufficiently informed about the multidisciplinary aspect of laboratory investigations in achieving a complete diagnosis, across a range of diseases from different physiological systems. 

Translational Research Skills

This module will help you to develop a range of subject-specific and generic research skills appropriate to the biomedical science discipline. These include ethics, governance, audit, experimental techniques and design, statistical analysis of data, literature searching and critical evaluation and scientific communication. Additionally, you will be introduced to the portfolio as a learning resource and shown how to relate this to professional practice.

Human Systems Physiology

Physiology is the science of life. During the Human Systems Physiology module, you will explore the function of each major organ system. You will discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlay this function, and how organ systems are integrated and regulated to maintain homeostasis, while allowing the human body to adapt to changing metabolic and environmental demands. Laboratory classes use cutting-edge equipment that allow you to see “physiology in action” and develop competence in the techniques used by physiologists to advance the field.  

Year three

Medical and Public Health Microbiology

In this module you will be introduced to medical and public health microbiology, practical skills, methods of isolation, identification and typing of bacteria from various sources.

Cell Pathology

Biomedical scientists collect and analyse samples of tissue for the diagnosis of diseases. In this module you will investigate the features and changes that occur in cells and tissues, which can be used as markers of disease and gain understanding of the techniques used to obtain, prepare and examine them.

Applied Biomedical Science

This module will help you develop an understanding of important analytical and diagnostic methods used in a clinical setting and on completion you will be able to critically compare different analytical methods and explain the principles of therapeutic drug monitoring applied to selected diseases.

Clinical Immunology

Immunology is the study of the immune system. It is now a well-developed basic science, which is useful for the diagnosis and management of a great number and variety of human diseases. This module is designed to give an in-depth view of the basic components of the immune system and how these influence human diseases. Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding immune mechanisms in defense against human diseases and how these mechanisms can be dysregulated. Understanding the immune system leads to better clinical diagnostic and monitoring possibilities. Towards the end of the module you will also be given an overview of how the immune system can protect the body from developing cancers.  

Research Project

You will have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth, independent piece of research aligned to your degree. You will develop skills in research design, project management, organisational and time management, creative ideas and problem solving.

Choose one option from the following

Cancer: Bench to Bedside

Students will learn the critical biological capabilities that enable tumour cancer initiation, maintenance and progression, and how some of these hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. The module contains an overview of the basic biology of cancer and applicable therapeutic strategies, with attention paid to relevant current technologies and future directions in cancer biology. Lectures will be complemented with tutorials where students will be involved in critical reading of scientific papers, while learning to evaluate scientific data and familiarise themselves with a variety of modern techniques.

Human Genetics

The role of genetics and genomics has now become mainstream and is at the forefront of healthcare and disease management strategies. In your final year, the human genetics module will expose you to the recent developments in the field, together with the foundations of human genetics. The rapid advancement of genomics has also enabled data-based discovery of genetic information. In view of that, you will have a dedicated part of the content focused on data science and analysis strategies including the R statistical package.

New

Educational Principles and Practice in STEM

The module will provide you with an introduction to teaching and learning at key stage 4 (level 2 GCSE qualifications) through the application of core educational concepts. You will design and deliver an educational activity for a laboratory, workshop or through an online interactive system. The module will provide a taster for students considering teaching as a career.

And choose one option from the following

Advances In Pathophysiology

This highly interactive optional final year module allows students to explore methods used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory (thoracic) diseases. Assessment of the module uses real case studies to enable students to develop both their analytical and critical narrative skills. Students will learn mechanisms of disease, how these relate to clinical outcomes, how patient care plans are developed, and the future approaches of thoracic medicine. Special features of the module include full CPET testing in the Health School human performance lab and the opportunity to visit to the North West Lung Centre to engage with clinical pulmonary testing.  

Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease BSc Hons

This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

40%

Coursework

60%

Examination

TEACHING

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Research projects
  • Guided reading 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years one and two and up to a half of your marks in year three. Continuous assessment includes:

  • Research project
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

facilities

You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

As a Biomedicine student you will be taught in our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

With growing interest in biomedical science fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that new research and work opportunities will arise worldwide. With our emphasis on developing your laboratory skills, integrating modern and contemporary research methods and procedures for biomedical practice into your degree, you will have plenty of options available to you once you graduate.

IBMS course accreditation provides a guarantee of quality sought by employers and enhances graduate employability as a biomedical scientist. If you choose to complete the IBMS registration portfolio on placement, you can to apply directly for grade 5 biomedical scientist positions and HCPC registration.

Many of our biomedical science graduates have progressed to work in a wide range of careers, including medical research, roles in the NHS, teaching, management. Some have also chosen to complete postgraduate study in related fields, such as medicine and dentistry.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about biosciences. Building on our scientific expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni who apply for postgraduate study also qualify to receive a generous fees discount. 

MSc Drug Design and Discovery

MSc Biotechnology
 

A taste of what you could become

A biomedical scientist

A biotechnologist

A forensic scientist

A healthcare scientist

A microbiologist

And more...

Career Links

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

At the end of your second year you can decide to undertake a year away from University on an appropriate placement. After the placement, you will return to complete the final year, making a four year course overall. In many cases the placement may be a salaried position, or may have financial support linked to a public health laboratory or a hospital. As a University, we have long-standing placement arrangements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Aintree Hospital and other institutions, and many of our students have completed or are completing placements in these organisations.

Students benefit from completing a placement year as they are more able to relate what is learnt on the course to a real-world situation, gaining experience that is highly valued by prospective employers. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of your year two mark.

Requirements

What you need to know

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course isn’t suitable for international students.

If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for students who have a clear desire to become a biomedical scientist and who are motivated enough to undertake the degree and associated portfolio work to become a registered member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalents are accepted.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

64 points

A level

64 points

BTEC National Diploma

MPP

Access to Higher Education

64 points from QAA approved course

Scottish Highers

64 points from Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points from Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification

International Baccalaureate

26 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Part-time 2022/23 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money. 

International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID B950

Institution S03

Clearing 2021

Start this course in September 2021. Apply through Clearing to secure your place.