To become a Biomedical Scientist in the UK, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register, you successfully complete an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited degree.
In Scotland, the following universities offer 4-year full-time undergraduate programmes in biomedical science:
However, you should check with the HCPC to find out if the course offered is integrated with clinical placement, i.e. accredited for state registration, otherwise, you may have to continue some form of training after graduation.
The minimum academic entry requirements for these degree courses vary, but most universities in Scotland require SQA Higher AABB grades, including Biology and Chemistry. A pass in National 5 grade A – C in English and Maths is also required. Some universities may also accept an SQA HNC Applied Sciences (SCQF Level 7) for entry into year 1.
Students with SQA HND Biomedical Science (SCQF Level 8) or HND Applied Biological Science (SCQF Level 8) may be allowed advanced entry to year 2.
Entry requirements for biomedical science undergraduate programmes vary depending on the university, college or provider. You are advised to contact each individual provider to find out its specific entry requirements.
Specific entry requirements, including other accepted qualifications, are provided on each university website. To apply for a biomedical science programme you must use the UCAS application process.
You can visit the HCPC website for a full list of approved educational institutions and biomedical science programmes across the UK.
Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) – Access to Health & Life Sciences (SCQF Level 6) or Access to Medical Studies (SCQF Level 6)
These programmes are for adults returning to education, perhaps changing career or seeking to gain the equivalent university entry qualifications needed for a biomedical science undergraduate programme. There are no formal entry qualifications, but applicants should have a good standard of general education and have been away from formal education for a minimum of 2 – 3 years.
Successful completion of the course could lead to:
- A degree in biomedical science by applying to universities that participate in the SWAP partnership programme
- Entry to an HNC Applied Sciences course (SCQF level 7) offered by several further education colleges in Scotland
Please visit the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) website for more information or you can view the following videos: