Course Comparison

Course BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) Psychology with Human Biology
Award Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)
Duration 3 years 3 years
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (+ optional placement) (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Biomedical Sciences School of Psychology
Entry requirements

A level: Normal minimum entry requirements are 112–128 points from three A levels, biology/human biology grade B and one other relevant science subject at grade B, such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, applied science or environmental science/studies. General studies not accepted.

BTEC: DDM Applied Science and Medical Science are acceptable provided they have at least six specialist units in biology and science (mathematics, chemistry and physics) subjects. Please contact the admissions team if you require further advice.

International Baccalaureate: 30 points, including five in Higher Level biology plus five in a Higher Level second science.

IELTS: Overall average score of at least 6.0, with a score of at least 6.0 in all elements.

Access Courses: Pass Access (e.g., science, combined science and medicine) with at least 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction level and come from at least two specialisms, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology. The remaining 15 level 3 credits must be at merit from environmental science, psychology, or a science-related subject. Must have GCSE English and mathematics at grade C/4 or above.


We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Transfer to BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Sciences: Stage two students have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of year-long placements in accredited NHS labs and transfer to BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science after year two. Transfer is not guaranteed, with applicants having to successfully complete a competitive behaviours-based interview, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an Occupational Health (OH) assessment. Students applying to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree will need an overall IELTS average score of 7.0 with 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections or a GCSE Grade C/4 minimum in English language.

Placements with NHS employers will be for 40 weeks full-time (or the equivalent of 40 weeks). While on placement, ABMS students complete the IBMS portfolio of competence, and ABMS graduates are eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and the protected title of ‘Biomedical Scientist’ for employment in Band 5 positions within the NHS.

A Level: 112-120 points from a minimum of three A levels to include Biology from any subjects (excluding General Studies). Must include Biology if applying for Psychology with Human Biology

International Baccalaureate: 26 overall including Biology at Higher Level.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DMM-DDM in any subject, to include biology units. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.
                                                                                                         
Access courses: pass an Access course with at least 33 credits at merit to include at least 12 level 3 credits in biology units with merit.

GCSE
5 GCSE subjects at a pass are preferred and this does not necessarily need to be Mathematics and English subjects.

Candidates concerned about meeting this offer are encouraged to contact the Institution direct.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.