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Biomedical and Physiological Sciences, FDSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #601 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
Aimed at Healthcare Science Assistants and Associate Practitioners, the Biomedical and Physiological Sciences course at University of Westminster will provide an opportunity to study part-time in order to obtain a qualification in line with current and future healthcare science workforce requirements.
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Successful students will be qualified to progress into an appropriate BSc Honours programme. The Biomedical and Physiological Sciences course at University of Westminster combines biomedical science and physiology undergraduate modules with work-based learning modules.

You will study modules containing human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and disease investigation. However, you will start the course with a study skills module to prepare you for online learning and a range of general course requirements. 

The course also contains a substantial element of work-based learning aligned to your professional responsibilities in your employing laboratories. Your course work will be assessed online, but you will need to attend University for formal examinations.

Career path

The course is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science and suitable for anyone employed in a scientific diagnostic, research or production setting.

For those employed in healthcare science, the Foundation Degree in Biomedical and Physiological Sciences is a suitable qualification for Agenda for Change, Band 4 Associate Practitioner posts. 

Those who successfully complete the course may choose to progress to a full BSc award in Applied Biomedical Science or Biomedical Sciences, the former meeting the requirements for direct application to the Health and Care Professions Council register for Biomedical Scientists.

For diagnostic and non-diagnostic settings, this award meets the education requirements for Registered Scientist applications to the Institute of Science and Technology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Physiology
  • Practice-based Learning
  • Applied Pathobiology
  • Biochemistry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      3 or 4 years

  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

You must normally have completed a full Level 3 qualification in line with the University of Westminster’s admissions regulations:

  • One A Level pass in a related science subject
  • NCVQ recognised awards, including relevant GNVQ at Level 3
  • AVCE Science (single award)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in five subjects at Higher Level 
  • Pass in a link Foundation course
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma in Applied Science.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2340 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2340 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1540 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1540 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
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Tuition per 20-credit module.

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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