UCAS CODE B901
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
320 UCAS tariff points, eg, ABB at A-level.
Points from three A-levels, to include a grade B in Biology and exclude General Studies.
With the Welsh Baccalaureate, points from at least two science A-levels are required, including a B grade in Biology. A minimum grade B at GCSE English Language, Mathematics, and Chemistry or Double Science. An interview is required. A satisfactory Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure (no offences are considered spent).
Applicants are required to provide a current enhanced criminal record disclosure, a medical health certificate and proof of EU nationality before starting this course. All applicants will be interviewed. We regret that there are no non-funded places on this course.
EU applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
Applications from Access applicants will be considered on an individual basis as all previous qualifications and work experience will be taken into account.
Mature applicants with significant experience and qualifications other than those outlined above are encouraged to apply.
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Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Advances in healthcare and science mean there are many exciting opportunities in this important sector. This course gives you the scientific knowledge to progress in a number of medical disciplines – it is your starting point for an interesting and varied career in the healthcare community.
You will be introduced to the fundamentals of medical science and gain valuable clinical training and research experience. Subject areas such as anatomy, biochemistry and physiology are reinforced by practical modules in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities, which are among the best in the UK. To improve your employability, you will gain extra skills and experience through short work placements with local health boards.
Uniquely, we developed this course in collaboration with Cardiff University to offer you an extra career option.
Every year, we identify a selected number of second-year students who are eligible for this graduate feeder scheme to study medicine at Cardiff. If these students achieve a 2:1 Honours degree or higher, and satisfy admission criteria for medicine at Cardiff University, they are eligible to apply to the graduate feeder scheme for medicine (A101) at Cardiff University.
Applicants are required to provide a current enhanced criminal record disclosure, a medical health certificate, and proof of EU nationality* before starting this course. All applicants will be interviewed.
All our Biology related courses have been reviewed by the Society of Biology, the professional body for biologists, and granted Recognised Programme status. This is your assurance that the courses we teach are a suitable preparation for a career in biology. You can get involved with the Society by joining as a student member for only £15. This looks good on your CV, and among the many benefits you receive is free entry to the Life Sciences Careers Conferences organised by the Society. As a graduate from one of our biology degrees, you would be eligible for Associate Membership of the Society, and entitled to use the letters AMSB after your name. Furthermore, because we have recognised status, you will be entitled to a 50% discount on your subscription for the first two years!
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“The clinical placements provided a great experience to observe and gain insight into the different areas of medicine and surgery. The facilities were good and the lecturers were very enthusiastic. I graduated with first-class Honours.” – Natalie Lane, BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences
In the first year, you will be introduced to anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, health science and clinical practice, at the University and in the workplace. The second year will develop your knowledge in medical microbiology, human genetics, endocrinology, nutrition, and biochemistry, as well as improve your clinical practice skills.
Your final year lets you choose modules that are most relevant to your career aims. There will be core modules in immunology, pharmacology, psychology, and health policy, as well as optional areas like tropical medicine or biological anthropology. All areas of the course provide extra opportunities for clinical training and research, which will improve your career potential.
A limited number of students who are considered for progression to medicine at Cardiff University will be integrated into human dissection classes at Cardiff during the third year of study at the University of South Wales. Other students either choose to complete a research dissertation, or specialise in healthcare management.
You will learn through lectures, tutorial support, workshops, practical laboratory sessions, placements, self-directed study and work-based learning. In the first two years, there will be 4 weeks of placements in the local healthcare sector, where you will gain real clinical experience in hospital settings.
Assessment includes examinations, essays, oral presentations, written reports, case history analysis, data interpretation, and problem solving.
To improve your employability, you will get extra skills and experience through short work placements with local health boards.
As well as being a strong science qualification in its own right, this medical science degree can be an initial step to apply for graduate-entry degrees in medicine at other universities. There are many careers related to medicine and health science, such as medical research, health and social care management or technical support in healthcare services.