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FAQs

There is guidance on how to apply for one of our degree courses at How to Apply. Our FAQs below may also answer your queries. For further information please contact (preferably by email in the first instance) the Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

We will endeavour to respond to you either by phone or email within 72 hours.
If you mark the header of your email 'UG entry' it will receive prompt attention.

Q. I haven't studied chemistry at a higher level than GCSE, does it matter?

No it doesn’t unless you want to study Biochemistry, then higher-level chemistry is an absolute requirement. We recognise that students in schools are encouraged to follow a wide curriculum if they so wish, so for those students who come to Warwick without chemistry above GCSE they are required to take a specialised Chemistry for Biologists course in the first year, which brings their Chemistry up to the level required. The syllabus focuses on the aspects of chemistry that are important for studying a biological subject.

Q. My UCAS statement is focused on medical school applications, is this a problem?

Not at all, we recognise that students who want to apply to medical school often have a backup plan that could involve one of the biology-based degrees at Warwick. If that's you, you might be interested to know that we support our students who plan to apply for medicine after they graduate in preparing for and making the best application they can.

Q. What is your policy with students who resit exams?

We welcome students who wish to resit exams to obtain the grades to join us here in Life Sciences at Warwick. With the advent of higher fees for university courses, making a positive choice of university is entirely justified and we do not penalise students who make such a choice. However, standard entry offers between different years can vary so check when you make an application through UCAS.

Q. Is the Biomedical Science degree accredited?

Our Biomedical Science degree (BSc) is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and our MBio degrees hold advanced accreditation, but our degrees are not accredited by the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS) and we have no plans to do so. Most IBMS accredited degrees in this subject are focused on training students for careers as hospital laboratory technicians or equivalent. At Warwick our Biomedical Science degrees are aimed at students with much wider career aspirations, from medical research, medicine and applied biomedical science and we provide the science curriculum that reflects those aspirations.

Q. If I was offered a place on an MBio degree but didn’t achieve the required grade would I automatically be offered a place on the equivalent BSc?

Yes, if you meet our standard offer for the BSc we would offer you a place on that course instead. Also, if you do well in your first 2 years on the BSc (achieve good 2.1 grades) then you will have the opportunity to apply to transfer onto the MBio course at the end of your second year.

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Dr Kevin Purdy

Dr Kevin Purdy
Email: K dot Purdy at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7657 4187