Additional information on Biomedical Science entry requirements
Students who want to apply for one of our Biomedical Science courses with a BTEC or Access to Higher Education qualification need to meet the specific entry requirements explained on this page.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (post 2016)
We accept the BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science taught from 2016 onwards. Entry to our degree programmes with AAB A level entry will require DDD, while entry to our degree programmes with AAA entry will require D*DD. You should have 6 units at distinction level and no more than 2 units should at pass level.
Please note the following important information:
- We accept the Applied Science, Biomedical Science and Physical Science extended diplomas. However, students must take no more than 1 unit from 23 (Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis), 25 (Forensic Fire Investigation) and 26 (Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation).
- Students taking the Analytical and Forensic Science option will be considered, but they must also take no more than 1 unit from 23, 25 and 26.
- We strongly recommend that students take options in Biology and Chemistry (as these provide the best preparation for studies in our department), although we will consider those taking Physics based units on an equal basis.
- Those taking BTEC diploma / A level combinations are considered. Please contact us with information on the combination you are taking for further information and advice.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma (pre 2016)
If you are taking the pre-2016 BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma you must have at least 9 specific units graded at distinction, to include core units Fundamentals of Science and Scientific Practical Techniques. The remaining 7 units must be taken from a proscribed list, which depends on the BTEC-science A2 combination (BTEC-A2 Combinations – PDF, 252 KB).
For the Diploma no more than 2 units should be at pass level, while no more than 3 should be at pass level for the Extended Diploma. Students with non-science A2s are considered on a case by case basis.
|A2 Chemistry||A2 Biology /
|A2 Physics||A2 Maths /
|Applied Science Diploma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Applied Science Extended Diploma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Medical Sciences Diploma||Yes||Not accepted||Yes||Yes|
|Medical Sciences Extended Diploma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Forensic Science Diploma||Not accepted||Not accepted||Not accepted||Not accepted|
|Forensic Science Extended Diploma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Access to Higher Education
|Qualification||BSc||MBiomedSci / BSc Year Abroad|
|Access to Higher Education||60 credits, with 45 at level 3 graded at distinction. 39 of the level 3 distinctions should be in science||60 credits, with 45 at level 3 graded at distinction. 39 of the level 3 distinctions should be in science|
If you are taking the Access to Higher Education qualification the required 39 sciences credits must include:
- Either CER436 (Calculations and Patterns in Chemical reactions) OR CER471 (Moles, Equations & Acids) OR CER438 (Chemistry for Biologists)
- Either CER381 (Practical Chemistry Skills) OR CER208 (Practical Biology Skills) OR CER210 (Practical Science Skills)
The remaining credits may be taken from Biology, Physics, Maths and Chemistry units (excluding CER326 & CER568). No more than 6 credits may come from general science skills units.