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Biomedical Science (with Foundation Year) BSc

School of Biosciences

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    Course description

    If you want to study biomedical science, but don't meet the entry requirements, our foundation year course could be for you. For example, if you've studied the right subjects but haven't achieved high enough grades, or have achieved good grades in unrelated subjects.

    During your foundation year you'll develop the skills and knowledge that every bioscientist needs by studying modules in chemistry and mathematics, the principles that underpin the life sciences. You'll also study life processes, from genes, cells and organs, to organisms and ecosystems, ready to start your degree.

    After successfully completing the one-year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of our BSc Biomedical Science degree.

    Our biomedical science degrees are all about studying the human body in health and disease. We're proud to be one of only a few universities in the UK to offer our undergraduate students the opportunity to perform full-body cadaveric dissection, providing you with an excellent foundation for understanding human physiology and developmental biology.


    After successfully completing the foundation year modules, you can start your main degree.

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Title: Biomedical Science (with Foundation Year) BSc course structure
    UCAS code: C900
    Years: 2023
    Foundation year

    Core modules:

    Advanced Level Chemistry

    The unit covers a selection of the major concepts from areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry in order to develop a sound basic knowledge of chemistry corresponding to the common core A level curriculum as preparation for successful studies in the Material Sciences and Chemical Engineering.

    20 credits
    Introduction to Scientific Writing in Bioscience

    This module will equip you with the skills needed to research an area of bioscience and produce a written review of the area for a scientific audience. Working within topics linked to your destination department (e.g. organ systems, genetics, ecosystems) you will identify valid sources of information, using these to explain to your readers the aspects that are key to understanding. By writing a reflection of the process you have followed, the challenges you faced and the solutions you identified, the module will also develop your skills in self – reflection, a key skill for success in your future studies.

    20 credits
    Further Foundation Chemistry

    The unit covers a selection of the major concepts from areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry in order to develop a sound basic knowledge of chemistry corresponding to the common core A level curriculum as preparation for successful studies in the Sciences and Engineering.

    20 credits
    Laboratory and Project Skills in Bioscience

    This module will allow you to develop generic practical investigative and mathematical skills relevant to your future work in bioscience. Using bioengineering activities as a platform you will develop generic skills in data gathering, data analysis and practical report writing. Group project work will show you the importance of communication skills and provide an opportunity for you to develop information searching, evaluation and presentation skills. This is a unique opportunity for you to see the value and impact of mathematical and practical principles to bioscience in our increasingly interdisciplinary world.

    20 credits
    Foundation in Bioscience

    This module provides an introduction to the biological sciences at degree level and supports the transition to University study It explores the core concepts in the areas of biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, neuroscience and ecology at foundation level. The module is structured around academic skills development in the context of studying the biosciences, with opportunities to develop skills in writing, research, data analysis, teamwork and communication.

    40 credits

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Learning and assessment


    Our research-embedded teaching ensures you’ll gain knowledge and understanding from the forefront of the full breadth of biology, from the cell and molecular level through to whole organisms and biodiversity.

    You’ll learn through lectures, small group tutorials and workshops, field courses, research projects and practical sessions in the lab and field. Our biology course benefits from exceptional teaching across all three bioscience subject areas, including biochemistry and biomedical science.

    To support your learning, you’ll have access to a virtual learning environment with interactive course materials. You'll also have a personal tutor throughout your course, to give you advice and guidance on both academic and pastoral issues.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours


    Throughout the course you will be assessed through a variety of methods, including exams, tests, presentations, coursework and practical work.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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    Entry requirements

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    including a science subject

    International Baccalaureate 31, with 5 in Higher Level science

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDM in a relevant subject

    BTEC Diploma DD in a relevant subject + C in an A Level science subject

    Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher BBBBB + B in a science subject

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BC including a science subject

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in Science, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction (to include sufficient Chemistry), and 15 at Merit

    Other requirements
    • Science subjects include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science

    • GCSE Maths and a science subject at grade 4/C

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    School of Biosciences

    Biomedical students in the lab

    The School of Biosciences brings together more than 100 years of teaching and research expertise across the breadth of biology. It is home to over 120 lecturers who are actively involved in research at the cutting edge of their field, sharing their knowledge with more than 1,500 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate students. 

    Our expertise spans the breadth and depth of bioscience, including molecular and cell biology, genetics, development, human physiology and pharmacology through to evolution, ecology, biodiversity conservation and sustainability. This makes us one of the broadest and largest groupings of the discipline and allows us to train the next generation of biologists in the latest research techniques and discoveries.

    The School of Biosciences is based at the heart of campus across the interlinked Firth Court, Alfred Denny, Florey, Perak and Addison buildings which house lecture theatres, teaching labs and research facilities. You’ll be over the road from 24/7 library facilities and the UK’s number one students’ union, a short walk from our student accommodation, sports facilities and the city centre, and just a bus ride away from the Peak District National Park.


    Our students have access to world-class laboratory and computing resources for biological research and are trained in specialist teaching laboratories. The school is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including the Medical Teaching Unit where our students work alongside trainee medics to gain an excellent foundation for understanding human physiology and developmental biology. We also have the Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology that we use for teaching animal anatomy, biodiversity and evolution. 

    To further support our research and teaching, we have a world-leading controlled environment facility which allows our staff and students to study the impacts of climate change; multi-million pound microscopy equipment that’s helping us to understand and prevent diseases such as MRSA; and facilities for genomics, proteomics and metabolomics research, Biological Mass Spectrometry, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance imaging.

    School of Biosciences

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      Number one in the Russell Group
    National Student Survey 2023 (based on aggregate responses)

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      Number one for teaching quality, Students' Union and clubs/societies
    StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards

      A top 20 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report

    School of Biosciences

    Top 10 in the UK for Biomedical Sciences

    Complete University Guide 2023

    Top five in the UK for quality of research

    Research Excellence Framework 2021

    98% of our research and impact is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent

    Research Excellence Framework 2021

    Graduate careers

    School of Biosciences

    As a Biosciences graduate, you’ll have a huge range of career opportunities open to you. Whether you want to work in industry, join a Top 100 graduate employer, or continue your studies, employers seek out our graduates because of the skills they develop during their time at Sheffield.

    Whatever you’re passionate about, we’ll make sure you get the scientific skills and knowledge to pursue it. Here are just a few of the exciting things our graduates are doing now:

    • Saving local biodiversity and developing solutions to global food shortages at the RSPB and local Wildlife Trusts
    • Working in industrial research at organisations including Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Reckitt
    • Working in healthcare, in the NHS or for private healthcare providers or charities
    • Studying for a PhD

    A biosciences degree from the University of Sheffield can even take you into roles in marketing, teaching, human resources, IT, science communication and beyond. Each year our graduates apply their transferable skills and begin careers in these areas with Top 100 employers like GSK, Google and Aldi.

    Jennie Smith

    My course helped me secure a PhD scholarship to study marine biology in Australia!

    Jennie Smith MBiolSci Biology

    From gaining field experience through her field course in Borneo, to studying Heliconius butterflies as a research assistant in Ecuador, Jennie made the most of her time at Sheffield.

    Fees and funding


    Additional costs

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    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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