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Full Time, Higher Education

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1 year at College, 3 years at University




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BSc (Hons)

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BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for you if you wish to study BSc Biomedical Science but don’t meet the requirements for direct entry. This specially designed 4 year degree course will allow you to study the first year here at Sunderland College and then move to the University of Sunderland to complete the programme and achieve your goal. It is also suitable if you have a non-scientific background and wish to retrain.

This programme is offered by Sunderland College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland.

The aware that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

What do you need to apply for the course?

  • Level 2 qualification (NVQ or GCSE) and to have attempted a Level 3 qualification (A Level or equivalent) but not succeeded
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If you are returning to education you must demonstrate the potential to be successful on the course.

We interview all applicants, and judge all applications on merit.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

For full details please see University of Sunderland programme please click here.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The main subjects you will cover on this course are:


Topics include: cell biology, molecules, cell division and genetics.


Topics include: bonding, molecular shape, acids and bases, reaction kinetics and an introduction to organic chemistry.


This will cover all of the body systems for example; skeletal and muscular systems, nervous system and reproductive systems.

The course also includes:

Mathematics, Statistics, ICT and study skills.

For full details please see University of Sunderland programme please click here.


How you will learn

On this course you will experience a combination of teaching and learning styles, to include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • Individual and group projects and presentations


Assessments will include:

  • Lab reports and practical skills
  • Essay writing
  • Presentations
  • Exams

Where could this course take you?

After successful completion of your first year, you will complete the remaining three years of your study at the University of Sunderland. At the end of the four year programme of study, you will achieve a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science.


What costs will you incur?

Tuition fee: £8,200 for 1st Year (with a fee reduction of £1200 for Sunderland College students) £9,000 pa thereafter.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, stationery and a scientific calculator.

The College will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), however, we would encourage you to purchase your own lab coat and safety glasses / goggles.

Textbooks and other reading material are available from the College Learning Centre and University libraries, but you may choose to purchase your own copies of key texts.

Other course costs: Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

There will be several visits to the University campus throughout the year.

You will be eligible to apply for a free local travel card for the first year of your studies.

Please note: This information was correct at the time of publication, however the Government is currently discussing future fee levels; once any changes have been announced and formalised we will update our website accordingly.

Previous Student Experience

Studying on the Extended Programme has allowed me to go on to gain cutting edge research experience in the fields of cancer biology and stem cells.

Helen Forgham, Research Assistant at Children’s Cancer Institute, Sydney, NSW Australia