Biomedical Science (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B334; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which is essential for employment in hospital pathology laboratories, this course involves the study of health and disease and provides an in-depth understanding of how the human body functions during normal and diseased states. You’ll develop a range of laboratory based and theoretical skills associated with sound scientific practice. As a graduate you can work in diagnostic and pathology laboratories in hospitals and other medical institutions or work in areas such as toxicology. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, including Biology or Chemistry or Environmental Science or Applied Science at A2. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass in Applied Sciences
BTEC Diploma: Distinction: Merit in Applied Sciences
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points including 15 Level 3 units in Biology or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects, including Higher Level in Biology or Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE:  Maths & English at grade C/4

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Skills for Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry


  • Biochemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics 

Year 2

  • Fundamentals of Biosciences
  • Essential Skills in Biosciences
  • Biosciences in Practice

Year 3

  • Bioscience Practical Skills
  • Biology of Disease
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Tissues to Organisms

Year 4

  • Research Project
  • Blood Sciences for Biomedical Sciences
  • Infection Sciences for Biomedical Sciences
  • Molecular and Cellular Pathology

Further Information

Our course covers all aspects of modern day biomedicine including biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology and molecular biology. We have a strong focus on practical experience ensuring that our graduates have real-world skills for a variety of careers both inside and outside of the laboratory.

In the first year of the course, you will study the fundamentals of bioscience, develop key laboratory skills and develop an understanding of bioscience in practice. In the second year, you will build on this knowledge to develop your understanding of biological processes and how these are disrupted in disease.  In the final year, you will chose from a range of specialist modules taught by professional biomedical scientists where you will develop detailed knowledge in specialist disciplines including haematology, microbiology and histopathology.

You will also carry out a laboratory-based research project that will draw upon the expertise of our academic staff currently working in the areas of pain, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Autism, drug addiction.


Sneha Prajapati
3rd Year Biomedical Sciences Student

Sneha Prajapati

"I was lucky enough to be chosen as a summer intern. The experience was invaluable - it gave me confidence, a direction for job-searching and many fond memories. The project leaders were very helpful and kind, they showed me loads of techniques I would never have otherwise had the opportunity to see and practice and this gave me more confidence in the lab."

Helena Tattersall, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science


"University study was one of the best decisions of my life. I would encourage everyone to do it. My experiences at UCLan have changed my life in every way for the better. Without UCLan I wouldn’t have made friends for life, a well-paid, interesting job and the confidence to live away from home and be true to myself."

Katie Chapple, 2012 graduate and Histopathology Band 5 Biomedical Scientist


Wahaj Saud S- Alnefai
3rd Year Biomedical Sciences Student

Wahaj Saud S- Alnefai

"Applying for the research internship was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I really enjoyed the whole process and it definitely prepared me for my third year dissertation. UCLan is a remarkably nurturing place for research of all kinds and encourages the presentation of that work all over the world. I am proud to have been a UCLan student and a CRIT intern. Thank you UCLan!"

Afton Turner, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate


Our state-of-the-art practical and research laboratories constantly evolve to ensure they are in line with modern practice, having recently been further enhanced by our impressive purpose-built JB Firth Building.

Biological sciences laboratories Biomedical research laboratory

Post-Molecular Biology Laboratory

Microbiology Laboratory

Tissue Culture Laboratory


We believe that the research activities of our staff enhance our teaching and enrich the learning experience of our students. There are strong links between our undergraduate provision and our research; all of our courses are shaped by research-informed teaching, and our Centre for Research-Informed Teaching offers bursaried internship programmes to encourage those completing undergraduate courses to consider a research career. Those undertaking internship programmes are supervised by research-active staff.

Kansas University

Biomedical Science trip to Kansas University

UCLan funded eight students from the biomedical science course to travel to Kansas, USA and visit their university and medical centre. The students were selected out of a number of applications based on how they felt the trip would benefit them and their learning. 

The students met a wide range of biomedical scientists including: a urology research team investigating the effect of drugs on signalling pathways relevant to prostatic cancer  and were privileged to observe a surgical team in action; two of these were neurosurgery and a third group were able to view the anatomy of the intestinal cavity during a hysterectomy operation. Read more


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

If you are looking to do something similar ensure the degree is accredited, there is support from local business surrounding the course and get as much experience in the field as possible.

Katie Chapple, 2012 graduate

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching on the course comprises a diverse range of methods and styles including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, case studies and laboratory practicals. As well as the traditional methods of teaching, e-learning (based around a virtual learning environment) and problem-based learning techniques will be used.

Assessments are by a combination of examinations, essays, data handling and interpretation, log-books, practical reports, project reports, poster and oral presentations allowing a full range of skills to be developed.

My experience at UCLan is a really special one. The main thing that makes UCLan so unique is the friendly atmosphere. As a non-UK student, I didn’t feel lonely when I arrived here. Whatever my problem, I am sure to find someone who is there to help. I’ll always cherish my experience at UCLan.

Daniela Duc, 2011 graduate


UCLan’s courses are very demanding and challenging but the lecturers here are very helpful and the tutorial system is excellent. University life here is great. If someone wishes to apply to universities in the UK, I will recommend UCLan without reserve. After all, it worked out for me!

Rowin Appanah, 2011 graduate

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Graduates can work in diagnostic and pathology laboratories in hospitals and other medical institutions or work in areas such as toxicology. They can also pursue careers in research (post graduate study), teaching and marketing or management within biomedical-related industries. Graduates have also gone on to pursue further studies in dentistry or medicine.

The Institute of Biomedical Science accredits all our courses – this is essential for employment in hospital pathology laboratories. Approximately 60% of our full-time graduates go onto work within the NHS and over 90% of our sandwich students gain employment within the NHS.

We have a graduate who is a trainee medical scientist at Leeds Teaching Hospital whilst others are biomedical scientists at hospitals such as Royal Blackburn Hospital, Cheltenham General Hospital, Royal Bolton Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospital and Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Other graduates are employed by universities as research associates.

My degree at UCLan has undoubtedly provided me with the knowledge and skills required for my current position. This has been largely down to the staff; who adopt an approachable manner and are always willing to help students. Being able to work alongside staff who are experts in their respective fields has inspired me to push myself to the best of my capabilities – an attitude I know will remain with me throughout my career. My experiences at UCLan have equipped me with the skills to grow as a scientist, to become a critical thinker and to approach new challenges confidently.

Laura Nolan, 2013 graduate

Having both my degree and now experience working within a pathology laboratory will hopefully open many more options for my future career. My degree has helped me become much more confident in the job I now do. Without it I would struggle with many of the lab skills that are essential in my day to day work.

Hollie Dobson, 2013 graduate