BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year
Why study Biomedical Science with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Accredited the Institute of Biomedical Science
- Opportunity to undertake a year’s work placement
- You may apply to study on the Applied Biomedical Science programme (which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council) with regular NHS laboratory practice
- Links with local organisations, such as the Roy Castle Foundation Laboratories for research into lung cancer, Transplant Immunology at the University of Liverpool, local NHS departments, including those at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Whiston Hospital and the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, plus companies such as Mast Diagnostics and Eden Bioscience
- Lively department with excellent teaching and active research
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
About your course
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal course if you are interested in this subject but lack the necessary qualifications to study it at degree level. The course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and offers you exciting placement opportunities with our industry partners. The development of advanced laboratory skills are integral to this fascinating degree, which covers the broad areas of human bioscience and diagnostic science.
The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Biomedical Sciences honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).
About the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree
As a Biomedical Science student, you will cover the broad areas of human bioscience and diagnostic science, including medical microbiology, immunology, histology, haematology, medical genetics and cancer alongside basic sciences such as biochemistry, physiology, molecular and cell biology. Laboratory work is an important part of this course, giving you the high-level skills and understanding required of a biomedical scientist by the time you graduate.
You may consider taking the more practical applied biomedical sciences route, in which case we organise visits to hospital labs during Level 4 to help you decide. Acceptance onto this route is by competitive application. If successful, you will spend about 1,000 hours working in a local NHS laboratory and gaining academic credit for your work-based study.
This will take the form of long summer blocks in a relevant laboratory with further attendance during your final year of study. If you decide not to take this option we encourage you to undertake a year's work placement or a shorter placement between your second and third years to gain experience.
One of the advantages of being accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences is that you can join the Institute in your final year and get copies of their free magazine which has employment information and job advertisements. They also award a prize to the best biomedical science graduate and to other students who have shown particular promise.
"While academically challenging, this course provided me with the broad range of skills required to succeed in the highly competitive scientific job market. First class teaching, first class employability, and a first class student experience."
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. You may apply to study on the Applied Biomedical Science programme (which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council) with regular NHS laboratory practice.
Our links with local hospitals, public health and private laboratories ensure that course content is informed by the latest research and developments in today’s biomedical science industry and tailored to the needs of employers. Our connections include the Walton Centre of Excellence in Neurology and Neurosciences, the Roy Castle Foundation Laboratories for research into lung cancer, Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Glaxo/Wellcome Laboratories.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Additional course costs
A DBS check is not required for your application, however a DBS may be required for modules where there is a work based learning placement option. Work based learning placements that do not require a DBS check are available. This does not apply to the Applied Biomedical Science route.
You will enjoy an exciting range of career opportunities after graduation.
Approximately one third of our graduates decide to pursue careers in the NHS and public health laboratory services, providing diagnostic, prognostic, monitoring and other support for patients. Others enter the pharmaceutical industry to work in research and drug development or other laboratory-based careers. Clinical trials fieldwork is also becoming increasingly popular, as is sales and marketing for diagnostic and therapeutic products. Graduates have entered the Health and Safety Executive, medical records and similar occupations. Some students also opt to do further qualifications, such as postgraduate medicine, teaching, specialised MSc programmes or research qualifications
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes. It will also introduce the concepts of human physiology and their inter-relationships.
Fundamental Science Skills
This module aims to provide and develop the basic skills required to successfully study a programme in the molecular bioscience areas.
Introduction to Chemistry
This module covers introductory laboratory skills and fundamental physical and inorganic chemistry concepts, alongside a brief introduction to organic chemistry.
Introduction to Biochemistry and Cell Biology
This module provides an introduction to cell structure and biochemistry.
This module covers fundamental organic chemistry concepts.
Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics
This module provides an introduction to molecular biology and genetics.
Fundamentals of Biomedical Science
In this module you will be taught the core skills and ethos which are central to the field of Biomedical Science.
The aim of this module is to provide a fundamental introduction to cellular biology and the manner in which the functions of individual cells contribute to the overall function of a tissue in health and disease.
Principles of Biochemistry
The aim of this module is to provide an education in the fundamental biochemical processes which occur in the cell. This will be underpinned by a thorough introduction into the relevant molecular biology of DNA, proteins and lipids.
Genetics and Molecular Biology
This module will teach the essentials of genetics and molecular biology to allow the beginning of growth in understanding in these areas.
Anatomy and Physiology
This module will introduce you to both the structural organisation of the human body and how it is controlled.
This module aims to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge about microorganisms and their activities, which will provide a foundation for microbiology-related modules at levels 5 and 6.
Biomedical Research Methods
The aim of this module is to equip you with essential research skills and knowledge of methods and techniques that are routinely applied in biomedical research.
This module will provide an introduction into how biochemical markers can investigate the function and dysfunction of systems, organs and tissues and how this is applied to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Immunology and Medical Microbiology
This module provides an introduction to the practical and theoretical concepts of medical microbiology and immunology. It will also provide an understanding of the principles and practices involved in the laboratory diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in humans.
Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
Building on the knowledge and skills gained at level 4, this module will provide an in-depth education into cellular and molecular biology.
This module will provide an in-depth education into disease at the molecular level with particular emphasis on the preparation and observation of samples from organs, such as the liver, lung and the kidney in both normal and diseased states.
Haematology and Transfusion Science
In this module you will get an in-depth introduction to the basic structure and composition of the blood and the diseases that affect the circulatory system and how such diseases can be detected.
Biomedical Science Honours Project
The research project module will allow you to work closely with one of our academics in the conduction of a research project on a topic relevant to Biomedical Science.
Integrated Biomedical Science
The Integrated Biomedical Science module allows you to understand, integrate and analyse the contribution of different lab and non-lab specialities in the investigation of disease and patient pathways.
Clinical Immunology and Medical Microbiology
In this module, your education continues in the field of immunology and microbiology as we now focus the knowledge gained at level 4 and 5 onto the clinical aspects of disease.
This module is a ‘deep-dive’ into the field of cancer covering topics ranging from the genetic and cellular aspects of the disease through to treatment.
Medical and Clinical Genetics
This module focuses on the increasingly important topic of medical and clinical genetics and will use real world examples and data analysis techniques used in the field.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
The number of formal teaching hours varies from module to module. On average you will spend 12-15 hours in lectures, seminars, workshops, lab sessions and tutorials each week. In Level 6, you will spend approximately half of your time on an independent research project.
If you take the applied biomedical science route, some of your time will be spent in supervised laboratory work with your employer, supported by one-to-one tutorials and small group meetings with your clinical placement facilitator at the university.
This course is highly vocational with a strong element of work-related learning. For those students who are successful in their application to take the applied biomedical science route, over the three years of your degree, this provides an opportunity to find out what it's really like to work in an NHS lab. Alternatively the sandwich option provides a year's work experience in industry, and there are opportunities for shorter periods of work experience. For those students who do not take a work experience placement, the course provides many opportunities to develop relevant skills. Whichever route you take, you will gain invaluable hands-on experience, practicing skills you have learnt during the course and boosting your employability, giving you a head start when you eventually enter the competitive graduate job market.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Being able to discuss course-related issues, particularly in your first year, is crucial and for this reason you will receive different kinds of support for specific aspects of your course.
A personal tutor will provide continuous support for the duration of your time at LJMU, meeting you regularly and setting up one-to-one progress review meetings to monitor and help improve your work.
In the time leading up to and during your placement, you will be allocated a tutor who will visit you in your workplace. If you opt to go down the Applied Biomedical Science route, this role will be covered by a Clinical Placement Facilitator. Finally, once you reach your final year, a supervisor will guide you through your research project.
The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Exams are normally held at the end of the year and questions may be multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning or essay-based.
Coursework assessments may include phase tests, practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays, portfolios or the evaluation of your practical skills and most are based on individual assignments.
Feedback is normally provided within three weeks of submitting coursework and may be via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Kenneth Ritchie
Dr Kenneth Ritchie
Kenny completed an undergraduate degree in Pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen and then a PhD in drug delivery at the Welsh School of Pharmacy at the University of Cardiff. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego California, after which he carried out research for Cancer Research UK at the University of Dundee. Kenny joined LJMU in 2009 and now holds the position of Reader in Toxicology and is Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. Kenny’s research covers finding new plant-based drugs that could be useful in both the treatment and prevention of cancer through his work for LJMU’s Centre for Natural Products Discovery, as many of the world’s cancer drugs were initially derived from plants.
I enjoy the fact that we are educating our students in the knowledge and skills, which will enable them to make a significant contribution to society as demonstrated by the essential role played by Biomedical Scientists during the pandemic”
What you can expect from your School
You will study at the Byrom Street site in the university’s City Campus in the heart of Liverpool. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces will ensure you enjoy a first-class study environment. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 88
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: At least one science to A2 Level.
- Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: CCD
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: DD in a relevant science if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMM in a relevant science if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken in a relevant subject area, with an overall merit profile.
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
Reduced Offer Scheme
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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