Course Comparison

Course BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
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 Biomedical Sciences
Entry requirements

A Level: Typical offer of 104-120 points from a minimum of 3 A levels including grade B in Biology OR Human Biology and grade C in second Science, listed above. Excluding General Studies. 

Note: 104 points offer maybe given if student has relevant work experience or other study.

BTEC: DDM Applied Science, Medical Science acceptable provided you have at least 6 specialist units in Biology and Science (Maths, Chemistry, Physics) subjects. Please contact the admissions team if you require further advice.

International Baccalaureate: 27 overall to include 5 in Biology at Higher Level and 5 in a second science subject at Higher Level.

IELTS: Overall average score of at least 6.0, with a score of at least 5.5 in all elements.

Access Courses: Pass Access (e.g. science, combined science, medicine) with at least 45 credits at level 3, 30 must be at distinction level and come from at least two specialisms such as: maths, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology. The remaining 15 level 3 credits must be at merit from environmental science, psychology, 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.

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.