You will need to meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded within the last five years (including year of application).

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GCSEs or EU/International equivalent

Grades Grade 6 or above in a minimum of five subjects.
Subject 5 subjects which must include: English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science or both Biology and Chemistry.
Additional Requirements
If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage. However, we will not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths in lieu of GCSEs.
Applicants are required to provide details of their full academic study prior to their current course of studies.  Applicants should also be aware that they will be required to provide certificates confirming these details.


A Levels or equivalent

2019 A Level Requirement
Grades ABB
Subjects Biology and Chemistry plus one other subject.
General Studies and Key Skills not accepted.

Adjusted criteria 2019

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For MSci Biomedical Science this will be an A-Level offer of BBC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

We will consider applications from applicants that are re-sitting their A-levels (including AS levels and modular resits) over 3 years. However, you will be required to achieve higher grades. Re-sit applications will be assessed on an individual basis, as offers may be dependent on achieved Biology and Chemistry grades. Any re-sit grades will supersede any previous grades you have achieved.

Applicants must be aware that any offer made on the basis of their re-sits will make their previous A levels null and void and there can be no mixing and matching of grades from different academic cycles.


International Baccalaureate
Award Full award diploma
Scores Overall score of 34

16 points at Higher level including both Biology and Chemistry, with a minimum of 5 in one and 6 in the other.                    

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be in Maths (or Maths Studies) and English Language, if at least a B (Grade 6) grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O level Maths and English.

Other qualifications
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma Predicted grades of D3, M2, M2.
Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A Levels are acceptable.
Scottish Highers Three Advanced Highers at ABB, including Chemistry and Biology.
European Baccalaureate Overall grade of 80 per cent, with a minimum of 8 in both Biology and Chemistry.

English language

If English is not your first language and you have not sat an GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below.  The test is valid for a period of two years.

English Language grade B or above.

Please note: if you have taken the IGCSE and have not taken all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing), we will ask you to take IELTS.

IELTS International English Language Testing System)
6.5 overall (including minimum 6.0 in each module)*
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Additional Requirements
*Applicants who have sat a test more than twice in one year will not be considered.

EU and International qualifications

We require applicants to ensure that their qualification meets our entry requirements prior to application:

European qualifications (PDF)
International qualifications (PDF)

If you hold qualifications which are not listed here, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice.

Non-academic criteria

Personal statement We look for able students who have a strong interest in their chosen subject and are willing to work hard. Your success in Biomedical Science will be underpinned by a proper understanding of biology and a thorough knowledge of the principles of chemistry. 

As a guide, your personal statement should include:
 - what interests you about Biomedical Science
 - what extra work have you undertaken to support this interest. Any participation in extra-curricular activities relating to science may be beneficial.

Please remember that your personal statement should be subject specific, not general. You will also be expected to have an awareness of current issues and include any other relevant information to support your application.

Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:30