(Original post by kog)
GCSE's really dont matter that much when applying to university courses (except for courses like medicine, where most applicants are pretty `perfect` and they need to narrow down the applications quickly)
I personally had 3 A's, 7 B's, C and a D.
the `IBMS` is the Institute of BioMedical Science, there the institute that `supply` (bad word, but you know what i mean) biomedical scientists to the NHS, so if the course isn't `IBMS` accredited, you wont be able to work for ther NHS straight after university (you can become IBMS accredited on your own, but tha's a bit of hassle and will leave you without a job for another year i imagine)
For your 4th A level, just do the one you feel you'll enjoy the most, personally i regretted dropping physics for maths, i feel i could have done better in Phyics this year, than the endless onslaught of equations of C3,C4 and S1. But that's all down to personal preference.
My offers basically stated `A/B` in Biology (depending on university) and `BB/CC` in Chem/Maths (depending on university) reading was based on points, and included my physics AS level.
As for job prospects, there's a bit out there you can do, personally i want to work in a hosptial with NHS, you could go into research, and many try to use it as a way of getting into post grad medicine (still strictly speaking undergrad though). And for employability of the course, check out http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/
but bare in mind, you'll see low figures, but many people go on to further study (masters/post grad etc etc)
For my work experience, i went to my careers advisor and asked for a few numbers to a local hospitals pathology department, and told them that i was interested in a biomedical science course and if I could have a weeks worth of work experience to get a `taster` of it, the lady was more than happy, and put me on to another person whom sent me various forms to fill in (who I am, state why i want the placement, confidentiality etc).
During the week I worked in various places, last day i was in Biochemistry, and had a go at all experiments where possible (ranging from working out the exact blood group of a person for a blood transfusion (of course the guy in charge was doing it as well, to see if I get the same result), to counting sperm :P (i was donned the `love juice bitch` for that morning), did various blood analysis, urine analysis and looking at bacterial colonies on petri dishes made from various swabs for any nasty infection (mouth and vagina mainly), also had afternoon in the coagulation department, and one of the guys tried to tell me about the `coagulation cascade`, interesting, but went way over my head :P
In the Biochemitry labs it was more loking at drugs themselves and the amount of drugs in a patient by various methods of analysing. Oh and also, for the whole week the canteen treated me as a employee and gave me discounts on my meal
If it wasn't for the guys there, I wouldn't have known about the iportance of applying for a IBMS accredited course, as i hadn't heard the term before till then, they gave me a really handy leaflet with a list of unis that are accredited, been trying to find it for awhile now, will come back to you when I find it
It was a good week, just try and phone around, but start asap, I phoned last March, and my work xp placement began in September.