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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

29 January 2021

Location

St George's. University of London

UCAS Code

B940, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2021

Apply via UCAS

This course prepares you to pursue a career in medicine or research, or specialise in areas such as forensic medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, clinical trials coordination or biomedical product marketing.

It covers fundamental aspects of cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and genetics, and progresses to the investigation of the disease process including diagnosis and treatment.

In year 3, you have the opportunity to focus on one of nine specialisms to help prepare you for a career in healthcare or medicine. You will graduate with one of the following degree titles, depending on which pathway you choose.

  • Biomedical Science with Anatomy BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Cell and Molecular Biology BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Genomics BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Global Health BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Immunity and Infection BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Medical Ethics and Humanities BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Physiology and Pharmacology BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience BSc

  • Clinical Bioscience BSc

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course for September 2020.

Transfer into Medicine

We offer an exclusive route into our Graduate Entry Medicine programme for St George's Biomedical Science graduates. Read more on the Transfer into Medicine tab.

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Highlights

  • Our campus is shared with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, which means that clinical staff are involved in teaching, and there are opportunities for you to get experience working in NHS laboratories.

  • Many students progress onto further study in scientific research or medicine.

  • Teaching is informed by the latest research and the course evolves to keep up with current practice.

  • You will learn anatomy through demonstrator-led whole body prosection.

  • As part of your intensive final year project you will work with professional research groups tackling real medical and health problems and learning how biomedical research makes a difference to lives.

  • There is the potential for you to transfer into our Medicine MBBS (graduate entry) course.

  • Careers advice is embedded in our teaching.

  • Learning development is integrated into our curriculum.

  • You will have the option to take an integrated Professional Training Year within private industry, a research institution, a government body or the NHS to further develop your knowledge, practical skills and increase your employability.

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Fees and funding

 

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year UK (per academic year)  Total fee
2021/22 £9,250 £27,750

Tuition fees for Home (UK) students are determined by UK government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the government.

Placement year and Erasmus fees

 

2021/22

BSc Biomedical Science

£1,850

Erasmus

£1,385

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

International (including EU) tuition fees

Academic year International (per academic year) Total fee
2021/22 £18,500 £55,500

Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X). They will not normally increase by more than 5 per cent each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

Placement year and Erasmus fees

 

2021/22

BSc Biomedical Science

£3,600

Erasmus

£8,000

For more information, see our fees and funding pages and read the UK government information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

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Technology requirements

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Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

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“Biomedical scientists can specialise in one of 11 different areas and therefore have a huge amount of choice when it comes to settling down into a career. It’s great if you’re still unsure what you want to do with your degree because you gain so many new skills and experiences which open up numerous doors.”

- Hafsa

Biomedical Science BSc

“I urge anyone thinking about studying biomedical science at St George’s to just do it! You won’t find a course like it in the UK. On top of being highly scientific, it also offers a great deal of clinical knowledge that makes you a stand-out candidate for any job or course you apply for.”

- Stanislav

Biomedical Science MSci (2017 Graduate – Currently a PHD student at St George's)

Entry criteria 2021

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 completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the GCSE requirement (or equivalent)

  • meet the A level requirement (or equivalent)

  • meet the English language requirement

  • write a personal statement.

We do not accept BTEC qualifications for Biomedical Science BSc.

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GCSEs

Grades

Grade 6 (B) or above for English Language, Maths and Double Science (or Biology and Chemistry). 

Subject

Minimum of five GCSEs, which must include English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science (or both Biology and Chemistry).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

 

Grades

ABB

Subjects

Must include Biology and Chemistry

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

Resits

We will consider your application if you are re-sitting your A Levels over 3 years. You will be required to meet the standard A Level grades. Any re-sit grades will supersede previous grades. For 2021 entry, exams taken as resits in October 2020, in place of cancelled exams in summer 2019, will count within the 3 year period. Exams taken for the first time in October 2020 are not considered to be resits.

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 34

Subjects

 A minimum score of 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 achieved in Maths (or Maths Studies) and English Language, if at least a 6 (B) grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Maths and English.

Access Diploma

Award

Full Award Diploma - Access to HE Diploma (Medical and Medical Biosciences), or the Access to HE Diploma (Biomedical Sciences)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Grades

27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit. Specific units from the Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics Subject Areas may be requested

Additional information 

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma will need to provide a detailed transcript on completion.

Any additional credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma 

D3, M2, M2

Combinations of individual Pre-U Diploma 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.

EU and international qualifications

 

Please contact us for details

English language

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or St George’s, University of London to be ‘majority English speaking’ listed here, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements outlined below. Tests are valid for a period of two years. 

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 (B) or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.

IELTS

(International English Language Testing System)

 

6.5 overall (including minimum 6.5 in Writing and a 6 in all other components)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years. 

Other tests

Please see here

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 good understanding of biology and a thorough knowledge of the principles of chemistry.

As a guide, your personal statement should include: 

  • what in particular interests you about biomedical science
  • the extra activities you may have undertaken to support this interest. Any participation in extra-curricular activities relating to science may be beneficial to your application.

You will also be expected to have an awareness of current issues and include any other relevant information to support your application.

Biomedical Science BSc is a three-year course covering the range of biological science disciplines, which underpin medicine.

Sharing a building with St George’s Hospital provides a unique teaching experience offered at relatively few institutions in the UK.

The degree emphasises the wide range of modern developments in medicine and the biomedical field more generally. It combines academic and practical training aimed at equipping you for a diverse career.

Biomedical Science BSc is a modular, three-year degree course with each academic year comprising of 120 credits.

Modules in years 1 and 2 of both the BSc and MSci courses are identical and all are compulsory.

Please note: the modules listed here are indicative. The actual modules available when you enrol may vary.

BSc Biomedical Science

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Year 1 modules (all BSc and MSci students)

All modules are compulsory. The year is assessed by individual module assessment, and worth 120 credits in total.

Module title

Credit value

Personal and Academic Skills 1 and 2

10 credits

Fundamentals of Pathology 1

10 credits

Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Physiology

15 credits

Anatomy 1

15 credits

Fundamentals of the Living Cell 1

30 credits

Physiology 1

40 credits

Year 2 modules (all BSc and MSci students)

Module title

Credit value

Genomics

10 credits

Personal and Academic Skills 3 and 4

25 credits

Anatomy 2

15 credits

Physiology 2

20 credits

Molecular Basis of Disease

25 credits

Microbiology and Immunology

25 credits

Year 3 modules (BSc Biomedical Science, excluding Clinical Bioscience)

With the exception of those following the Clinical Bioscience pathway, all Biomedical Science BSc students select a pathway of 75 credits of taught modules (shared with the Intercalated BSc programme and Year 3 of the Biomedical Science BSc programme), and a 45 credit research project.

You will study 75 credits of taught modules, and a ‘with’ degree title will be awarded to reflect the modules taken. You can choose to qualify with ‘Biomedical Science BSc’ if you prefer. A full list of award titles can be seen on the Study tab above.

Biomedical Science with Anatomy

Development & Disease

30 credits

Images of Anatomy

30 credits

Clinically Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy

15 credits

Biomedical Science with Cell & Molecular Biology

Biology of Cancer

30 credits

Cell & Molecular Biology

30 credits

Genes & Gene Expression in Eukaryotic Cells

15 credits

Biomedical Science with Genomics

Clinical Application of Genomics in Rare Diseases & Cancer    

30 credits

 

Human Medical Genetics

30 credits

Personalised Medicine

15 credits

Biomedical Science with Global Health

Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine

30 credits

Global Health Ethics & Law

30 credits

Global Health & Comparative Health Systems

15 credits

Biomedical Science with Infection & Immunity

Global Health Diseases

30 credits

Immunity & Infection

30 credits

Neglected Tropical Diseases

15 credits

Biomedical Science with Medical Ethics & Law

Future of Medicine Ethics & Neuroethics

30 credits

Research Ethics & Clinical Ethics

30 credits

Medical Ethics & Law

15 credits

Biomedical Science with Physiology & Pharmacology

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Diseases

30 credits

Science of Reproduction              

30 credits

Pharmacology & Physiology of Drugs of Abuse

15 credits

Biomedical Science with Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience

Clinical Neuroscience

30 credits

Psychology & Psychiatry of the Mind

30 credits

Neuroscience of Sensation & Perception

15 credits

 

Year 3 research project modules

Research project modules

Credit value

Available to all year 3 BSc students
(excluding Clinical Bioscience BSc students)

Research Project in Anatomy and Development

45 credits

Research Project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

45 credits

Research Project in Immunity and Infection

45 credits

Research Project in Medical Microbiology

45 credits

Research Projects in Clinical Sciences

45 credits

Research Project in Cardiovascular Sciences

45 credits

Research Project in Human Genetics

45 credits

Research Project in Global Health

45 credits

Research Project in Medical Ethics, Laws and Humanities

45 credits

Research Project in Community Health and Social Medicine

45 credits

Research Project in Clinical Neuroscience

45 credits

Research Project in Physiology

45 credits

Research Project in Pharmacology

45 credits

Research Project in Psychiatry

45 credits

Research Project in Behavioural Medicine

45 credits

Research Project in Research Proposal Design

45 credits

BSc Clinical Bioscience

Year 1 and year 2 modules are as above.

Year 3 Modules (BSc Clinical Bioscience)

The Clinical Bioscience BSc award comprises three compulsory modules totalling 75 credits, including a 15 credit research project, with students selecting further modules to the value of 45 credits from a list of supplementary modules.

Year 3 Modules (BSc Clinical Bioscience) are as follows. 

Module title

 Credit value

Research project

 15 credits

Clinical Anatomy

 30 credits

Clinical, Communication and Professional Skills in Healthcare 

 30 credits

Study

First two years

The first two years of the course are common for all pathways and are made up of compulsory modules.

In year 3, you have the chance to specialise by choosing from a wide range of specialist taught modules, which are available to both BSc and Biomedical Science MSci  students.

Anatomy is taught in the first two years of the course. You will cover the same range of topics as the first two years of the Medicine MBBS (5 year) programme, but in less detail. Your study will be contextualised to physiology teaching within the Biomedical Science curriculum.

Throughout the course, you will work towards developing your practical, cognitive and transferable skills. Essential practical techniques are developed through the course as you progress from competence in basic laboratory skills in year 1, to the use of more sophisticated techniques in year 2, and ultimately to your research project in year 3 of the BSc or year 4 of the MSci. 

You will also be developing your cognitive skills, from simple problem-solving exercises and data handling, to self-directed literature review, culminating in the research project which will require you to develop a highly critical approach to the scientific literature and to your own data.

Subsequent year(s)

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Biomedical Science BSc

In your third year you will undertake a compulsory research project module (45 credits) and select further taught module options (75 credits). If you successfully complete 75 credits or more within a specific subject, you will be awarded a degree title that reflects this specialisation:

  • Biomedical Science with Anatomy BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Cell and Molecular Biology BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Genomics BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Global Health BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Immunity and Infection BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Medical Ethics and Humanities BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Physiology and Pharmacology BSc

  • Biomedical Science with Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience BSc

  • Clinical Bioscience BSc

Biomedical Science MSci

This option is open to all students who achieve 60 percent or above by the end of year 2. (Year 1 counts for a third of your marks and year 2 counts for two-thirds.) Students enrolled on the BSc can opt to transfer from to the MSci pathway at the end of Year 2, subject to available spaces and academic achievement.

Clinical Bioscience BSc

This option is open to all students who achieve 66 percent or above by the end of year 2 (year 1 counts for a third of your marks and year 2 counts for two-thirds). 

Up to 60 places will be available on this pathway; 25 of these places are reserved for internal ‘clinical transfer’ students who are successful in securing a conditional offer for fast-track graduate entry to MBBS4 at St George’s. (Where the number of qualifying students applying to the Clinical Bioscience award exceeds the number of spaces available, places (except for clinical transfer students) will be allocated based on academic ranking at the end of Year 2.)

On the BSc Clinical Bioscience, you study compulsory taught modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (15 credits).

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, including:

  • lectures and laboratory practical sessions

  • tutorials (including scenario-based learning)

  • self-directed learning schemes

  • computer-assisted learning programmes.

There is a gradual change in emphasis over the three or four years of your degree, from large group lectures, delivering core knowledge and concepts, to smaller lecture groups for specialist knowledge. Tutorials, self-directed learning, practical sessions and in-course assessments further promote knowledge and understanding.

Assessment methods

Progress is judged by a mixture of in-course assessment and written exams. Each year’s marks contribute towards the final degree. A variety of examination types are used during the course, including:

  • short and long answer questions

  • single best answer questions

  • calculation and data analysis problems

  • essay questions

  • objective structured practical examinations where you demonstrate knowledge of structure and function in the dissecting room.

Oral examinations where you answer questions from a panel of examiners. Find out how the course is structured and assessed on the DiscoverUni website.

Careers

Careers support

Biomedical Science students are supported in their career and professional development throughout their time at St George’s.

Each year group has a careers programme, which includes workshops on topics such as CV writing and interview skills. You can book an appointment with our Careers Consultant to discuss all aspects of careers and employability. This might include investigating options and making career decisions, gaining advice and guidance on where to look for jobs, CV and application checking, or booking in for a practice interview.

You can access online career resources and information as well as jobs and volunteer opportunities on our virtual learning environment. A Course Career Liaison tutor is on hand to support Biomedical Science students during their time at St George’s. You can also make an appointment with your personal tutor to discuss your future options.

Medical careers

If you want to pursue a medical career, we offer two routes to progress to medicine on completion of your Biomedical Science Degree.

Read more about the options on the Transfer to Medicine tab.

Postgraduate study

Opportunities also exist to study Biomedical Science at postgraduate level.

Transfer into medicine and Placements

Transfer into Medicine

If you ultimately want to pursue a medical career, Biomedical Sciences (BMS) at St George’s is a great place to start.  

Our Clinical Transfer programme gives eligible Biomedical Science students the opportunity to apply to an accelerated Medicine programme. We have set aside 25 places for BMS students to join Graduate Entry Medicine in the second year.  

Eligibility criteria 

All BMS students at the end of their second year of study will be considered, and students achieving an average mark of 66% or above for years 1 and 2 will be invited to interview. We use Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs) to assess candidates for all medical degrees. These usually take place in July. 

Successful interviewees will be made a conditional offer for a deferred place. Offer holders of the Clinical Transfer programme must follow the Clinical Bioscience pathway in their third year of Biomedical Science, and go on to achieve a first class or upper-second class (2:1) degree. 

Students who apply through the Clinical Transfer route do not need to take an aptitude test.

International students on the Biomedical Science BSc can apply for Clinical Transfer. The number of places we are allowed to offer to international students is capped by the government. 

Other ways to study Medicine 

Students who want to carry on to study Medicine but don’t go through the Clinical Transfer route are still able to apply to the Medicine MBBS (Graduate Entry) or the 5-year Medicine MBBS at St George’s or elsewhere in order to pursue a medical career, just like any other eligible student.  

International students are not currently eligible to apply to the MBBS (Graduate Entry) at St George’s for year 1 entry but are welcome to apply to the 5-year Medicine MBBS at St George’s, and may be eligible to apply to a graduate entry Medicine programme at other universities. 

How to apply

Application forms are made available at the end of the second year of study. Eligible applicants will be invited to interview after the publication of second year exams results. We use Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs) to assess candidates for all medical degrees. These usually take place in July.

Professional placement

The aim of the placement year is to increase your employability by giving you professional experience and improving your skills in the environment of a relevant industry.

You will have the opportunity to apply to undertake a professional training year between years 2 and 3 of the course. You can choose between industry, NHS or international placements with paid and unpaid options. Loans will be available for Home students depending on family income.

Potential placements include the following.

 

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UK placements

  • HPA Colindale

  • Novartis, GSK

  • PHE Didcot (toxicology), Public Health

  • St George’s NHS Trust

  • Audit work

  • Clinical Research Facility, St George’s

  • Imaging Research Centre, St George’s

Academic placements

  • The Francis Crick Institute

Erasmus placements

  • University of Barcelona, Spain

  • University of Granada, Spain

  • Radboud University, Netherlands

  • Leiden University, Netherlands

  • University of Nicosia, Cyprus

 Assessment for the Professional Training Year will be as follows.

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Personal and professional skills: 30%

  • CV preparation

  • Preparation programme

  • Completion of mandatory placement weeks

  • Employer assessment of workplace assessment

Evaluation of placement: 60%

  • Interim placement report (2,000 words)

  • Final placement report to be submitted at the end (6,000 words)

Placement of learning: 10%

  • Returning to St George’s and engaging with your student community

  • Summary report (500 words) of the experience and skills developed

  • Preparation of an updated CV to aim further career aspirations

Covid-19 guidance

For information on applications, clearing, work experience and gap years, view our latest Covid-19 FAQs for prospective applicants.

How to apply

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

 

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Application checklist

You must provide:

  • full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades
  • full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades
  • a personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website). 
  • an academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included

  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the Admissions Officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

Acknowledgement emails and letters are sent out as soon as we receive your application. Please make sure that your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email.

Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked question page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Biomedical Science BSc programme. Overall, the course in structure and content will be similar as advertised.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the final year specialisms and pathways as planned.

There are some changes to how this course is delivered and these are outlined in the sections below.

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here).

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams. 

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

For students in all years, the programme is being redesigned to be a hybrid delivery of lectures delivered online as pre-recorded sessions, ‘live’ (synchronous) online interactive small group tutorials, ‘live’ interactive weekly Q&A and discussion sessions. The majority of lab practicals and computer practicals will be delivered online.

The exceptions to this are detailed in the next section.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for successful students graduate at the expected time.

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we have developed an alternative strategy allowing assessments to be completed remotely without coming on to campus. This includes the majority of lab practical assessments and those previously undertaken on-site in computer rooms.

However, Year 1 does include practical elements that must be delivered in laboratories (semesters 1 and 2) or in our Dissection Room (semester 2), and some computer practicals (semesters 1 and 2). These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place. 

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to redesign sessions, or delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year), to protect the safety of our students.

Current students

We are planning to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for students to progress and graduate without delay. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we have developed an alternative strategy allowing assessments to be completed remotely without coming on to campus. This includes the majority of lab practical assessments and those previously undertaken on-site in computer rooms. In addition, Anatomy (semester 3), usually delivered in our Dissection Room, has been redesigned to be delivered using online resources, filmed sessions and remote tutorials.

In Year 2, however, the programme does include practical elements where laboratory work is essential, and some computer practicals (both in semesters 3 and 4). These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  If government advice on social distancing changes, we will endeavour to redesign sessions or delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of our students.

In Year 3, we will continue to offer final year projects that enable students to work with professional research groups tackling real medical and health problems. We expect to be able to deliver laboratory-based projects with appropriate social distancing measures in 2020/21. Our capacity to do so may change if government guidelines change. If that happens, we will do our best to provide alternative arrangements are to enable students to complete on schedule. Non-lab research projects will also be offered, including those involving data analysis of previously collected data, surveys/questionnaires, bioinformatic analysis/data mining, or analysis of anonymised patient data.

In Year 3, students on the Anatomy pathway will have weekly onsite sessions in the Dissection Room during the Images of Anatomy module. Students on the Clinical Bioscience pathway will have on-site sessions for their ‘Clinical Anatomy’ and ‘Clinical, Communication and Professional Skills in Healthcare’ modules. These sessions are weekly throughout semesters 5 and 6, and both modules have been scheduled on the same day to minimise students travel time and time-on-site.

Additional costs

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE), if needed, will be provided for you.

Current students

We do not expect you to incur any extra costs over and above those previously advertised. Personal protective equipment (PPE), if needed, will be provided for you.

Assessment methods

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We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments, which might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations and poster presentations. 

In Year 1, all formal written examinations take place at the end of each semester in Feb and June. At this stage, we expect to deliver these assessments as planned.

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we developed an alternative strategy in 2019/20 to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were taken remotely by students within at a time of their choosing within a window stipulated by us. If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again. If this happens, you will have (formative) practice exams, to get familiar with the process and make sure your WiFi, IT and environment are suitable for the final exams.

In-course assessments will be undertaken remotely, with the exception of some lab practicals and computer practicals which require onsite attendance.

Current students

In Year 2, all formal written examinations take place at the end of each semester, in February and June. In Year 3 they take place in May. At this stage, we expect to deliver these assessments as planned. 

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, you will be aware that we developed an alternative strategy in 2019/20 to enable you to complete assessments without coming on to campus. If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again. If these are remote, you will have (formative) practice exams, to get familiar with the process and make sure your WiFi, IT and environment are suitable for the final exams.

In-course assessments (ICAs) will be taken remotely, with the exception of some lab practicals and computer practicals which require on-site attendance.

In 2019/20, the viva element of the assessment of Year 3 research projects was removed due to restrictions on movements as a result of lockdown. This approach may be taken again in 2020/21 if necessary.

If government advice changes and the campus is closed, we will not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. In that case, it might be possible to delay these assessments to the following academic year to protect student safety. If that happens, graduation for some final year students may be delayed until you are able to complete all assessments, because we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

Award

The Biomedical Science BSc programme is not accredited and so the changes that we are making will have no bearing on the qualification.

The option for high-achieving students to transfer to Year 2 of the graduate entry MBBS programme after graduation is also unaffected.

Location of study

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

All face-to-face teaching will take place on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching, and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Current students

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

We are continuing to offer the Professional Training Year between Years 2 and 3 of the programme. However, some placements may not be available, depending on government advice at the time and the restrictions that the placement providers have to apply.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

29 January 2021

UCAS Code

B940, institution code S49

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