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Biomedical Science with Intercalated Year (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

 

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE WITH INTERCALATED YEAR BSC

Full-time 2019 entry

This course will develop your understanding of life processes with specific focus on the nature and extent of human disease. It prepares you for employment in many rapidly developing areas in human health, from research and drug development to medicine.


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Modules span human health and wellbeing, physiology, infection, and the biology of molecules and cellular systems, including recent research breakthroughs related to vaccine development, neurodegenerative diseases and metabolic diseases (e.g. diabetes). You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors. If you are considering a career in medicine, we work closely with Warwick Medical School to provide mentoring and support for medical school applications. This includes strategic application support, problem based learning, reflective practice training, and interview preparation.

An integrated core syllabus of biology, biochemistry and genetics in your first year forms the basis for later specialisation. In your second and third years, core modules include molecular cell biology, human and animal physiology, immunology and epidemiology, infection and tropical diseases.
Alongside these, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules such as oncology or synthetic biology, or those covering areas outside science such as business or languages.

You will spend your third year on a work placement, either in the UK or abroad, or on a study abroad programme.
In your fourth year you will complete a challenging full-time research project on an area of particular academic interest. This may be lab-based or involve data analysis and will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.

You will have weekly (first year) and fortnightly (second and third years) taught tutorials, which are in small groups to ensure that you are able to develop, and receive regular feedback on assessment. Purpose-built teaching facilities are fully integrated with research laboratories, meaning you will be learning alongside teaching and research staff who are at the cutting edge of their fields. You will spend one or two days a week undertaking lab work. This becomes more project-oriented in your second year, culminating in a six-week individual research project in your third year.

You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practicals, oral presentations, written assignments and exam-based questions. Approximately 35% of your marks will be assessed by coursework throughout your degree.

As an alternative to a work placement we support student mobility with the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities all over the world. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Student Office supports these activities, and the School’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator will provide more specific information and assistance.

You can take a year in industry after your second year to gain industrial experience. Work placements cover a wide range of work experience types and destinations, both laboratory and non-laboratory. You will have both an academic and placement site supervisor. Your placement will allow you to improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and will enhance your employability. Whilst we do not guarantee you a placement, you will be given extensive support to secure one. Recent placements have included GSK, The Binding Site, Micropathology and The Body Shop. Many of our BSc students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote these placements and will support you with applications and interview skills.

A level: AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).

You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

  • IB: 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.

    These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

  • Molecules
  • Cells & Organisms
  • Agents of Infectious Disease
  • Physiology & Metabolism
  • Environmental Biology
  • Quantitative Skills for Biology
  • Tutorials and Laboratories

Year 2

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Human & Animal Physiology
  • Immunology & Epidemiology
  • Infection
  • Tutorials and Laboratories

Year 3

  • Placement Year or Study Abroad Year

Year 4

  • Modern Approaches to Human Disease
  • One World Health & Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Tutorials and Research Project

Your placement year will provide the valuable work experience and transferable skills, essential in today’s competitive jobs market. It will help you shape your career destination.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS, AstraZeneca, KPMG, Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishing, Diabetes UK.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Seed Pathology Technician, Research & Development Scientist, Management Development Associate, Medical Public, Relations Consultant. Others have pursued PG study.

A level AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

IB 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.
These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Code
CB19

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
4 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximately cost of £600. Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear. Recommended text books are estimated to cost a total of £250. There is a mandatory trip to Wales in year 2, at a cost of £175. Non-compulstory field trips cost approximately £50.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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