(Original post by kog)
Heya, if you're currently planning on applying to become a biomedical scientist, but want to work for the NHS/in a hospital after the degree, as apposed to research, you need to be sure to apply to a course that is `IMBS accredited`, I've gone down this route as well, and various universities do it a bit differently, they all have a very simialr course when they're IBMS accredited, as the IBMS are very specicif, but some universities offer a `sandwich degree` where you have a year in a work, and can fill in your portfolio during that year.
2 examples of such universities would be Cardiff Met (or Cardiff UWIC, whatever you want to call it) and Liverpool John Moores (but they're slowly phasing the sandwich year out the course, unless you arrange it yourself and notify the university during your second year)
Personally, I didnt want to do a sandwich course, and my portfolio will be filled in as I do the course (via my work that I have to do as part of the degree), being as its IBMS accredited, Universities I applied to are; Reading, Cardiff (not accredited! But uncase i changed my mind and thought i'd do research insteadof NHS wrk), Queen Mary University of London, Liverpool John Moores and Oxford Brookes. I got offers from all of them, and have firmed Reading.
I di have work experience last year in a hospital and all the staff there told me the importance it is to ensure you go to a university which is IBMS accredited if you want to work for the NHS, and gave me a big leafleat on all the universities that do the course, and their normal offers, If you want I can try and hunt for this leaflet over the weekend (after my exam tomorrow) and pm a sca of it to you?
Any more questions, feel free to ask, it is rather unnerving picking your universities I find
As for you not being to choose between pharacology and Biomedical Science, get work experience asap! for both, just phone up your local hospital or a careers liason fo the NHS, explain the situation you cant decide between the two and would appreciate some work experience on both within a hospital, to get an idea of the courses, it'll look great on your personal statement anyway! I think the only reason i got an offer from QMUL was my personal statement, as my grades were very `meh` you'll probably need to fill in a confidentality form and a some more bits of paper