School of Biomedical Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Integrated Foundation Year

Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Integrated Foundation Year sets you up for success. You will study everything from the gene to whole body systems and develop a thorough understanding of processes that underpin the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. Taught by University lecturers on campus, you’ll be part of the University from day one. If your current qualifications don’t allow you direct entry to degree level this course is for you.

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Careers with this subject

Meeting relevant entry requirements at the end of your foundation year enables you to progress to year one of selected degrees in the School of Biomedical Sciences. 

These courses enable our graduates to follow a range of scientific careers in industry, research, NHS diagnostics and health advice. Graduates are also well placed to utilise their professional and problem solving skills in a range of non-scientific careers including management, teaching, marketing, sales and writing amongst others.


Key features

  • The programme is suitable for non-standard entrants, including mature returners to study, those without science qualifications or with science qualifications below the standard required for entry to Level 4.
  • It provides a focused learning experience examining the science and practice relating to biomedical sciences.
  • You will benefit from a range of learning styles that will introduce you to the core fields of biomedical sciences. Sessions reflect the diversity of learning methods employed on destination programmes including lectures, team-based learning, self-directed study, group work, tutorials, seminars and practicals.
  • Provides you with experiential work, intensive and early assessment, with rapid feedback designed to support self-awareness and development.
  • Includes inter-professional study opportunities to develop understanding of health services and how they interlink across the NHS.
  • Provides personal support for learning through regular meetings with your personal tutor and input from specialist staff.
  • Is underpinned by research activity of staff in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • The foundation course is carefully designed to develop your confidence by providing you with a blend of subject specific knowledge as well as the academic and learning skills essential for success. You will take core modules that explore key aspects of human anatomy, physiology, infection and immunity, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, interdisciplinary practice and study and mathematical skills.

    Meeting relevant entry requirements at the end of your foundation year enables you to progress to selected courses in the School of Biomedical Sciences subject to academic performance and other relevant entry criteria.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Biomedical Science with Integrated Foundation Year programme specification 4658

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 48

Suitability interviews, DBS and occupational health assessments may also need to be undertaken by applicants considering progression to certain professionally recognised programmes.

Applications from students with non-standard qualifications, including those without science qualifications at level 3, are welcomed and are assessed on an individual basis. This course is also suitable for those returning to study who can offer work or other related experience in place of formal qualifications and who have the equivalent of basic mathematical, English and science skills (i.e. the equivalent of a grade C at GCSE level)

A level: Typical offer 32-48 points from a minimum of 2 A-levels including grade E in a Science subject. Excluding General Studies

GCSE: Mathematics and English language grade C/4.

International Baccalaureate: 24 overall to include 3 at Higher Level science subject. English and mathematics must be included.

BTEC: PPP in a science related subject.

Access: pass an Access to HE Diploma (e.g science/combined studies/natural sciences/nursing).

Other qualifications and professional experience may be considered. Interview may be required, please refer to institution for individual consideration.

We are aware of the various education systems throughout the world and make offers based on equivalent qualifications to those listed in our entry requirements. You should be able to possess the ability to study in the English language and be familiar with this in a scientific context. To that end, we will ask for a minimum IELTS score; this will not differ from that required for any other science degree, and support in scientific English is offered.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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Our facilities

The School of Biomedical Sciences is based in purpose-built building linked to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

You will find some of the best undergraduate laboratories in the country.

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Research

Learn about our varied research topics within the Biomedical Research Group, which include:

Non-invasive pre-natal testing, new targets for cancer treatment, understanding macrophages, combating sepsis and self-disseminating vaccines.

Discover more about the Biomedical Research Group