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    Hello everybody.

    So I have a place for Uni, that I got via clearing last year for Biomedical Science at MMU (BSc Hons) This course is accredited by the IBMS.

    Originally in 2012 when clearing was taking place, I was under the impression that the course had a option to do a sandwich year and go on placement for the 3rd year.

    However, this year the guidelines have changes and I have been told that they no longer offer the placement year, but it is still accredited by the IBMS, (I thought for it to be accredited, you had to do a placement year so your portfolio was ready for when you graduated to register with the IBMS? )

    So, she said if I wanted to do the placement year I can transfer over to the Healthcare Sciences BSc which incorporate a placement and it is accredited etc and recognised by the HCPC also.

    The route I was wanting to take was maybe go onto try and get into the STP on the NHS and maybe go into, Microbiology, cytology, Hispathology - This STP (Science training programme with NHS - you can choose your own pathway so, cellular science, infection sciences etc) is basically like a MSc, but you get 25,000 for three years while training.

    However I don't know whether I will benefit from doing the healthcare science degree, as It feels more aimed towards working in the NHS solely.
    And I don't know whether pay from doing this job would be brilliant (I have heard that this is a way of the government to stop the band of pay rising?)

    Or I don't know whether to stick at the biomedical science degree, do my own MSc afterwards at uni in something I fancy after my course, and then go onto maybe do the STP anyway, if I decide I want to work in the NHS(But the thing here is that they will obviously favour the Healthcare science graduates)

    But then if I haven't done my placement year in the Biomedical Science course this will mean further faffing around to get my portfolio which means extra training years!

    I think my best option would be to contact my uni and ask whether we can find our own placement whilst in uni on our days off to do the portfolio?

    OH I DONT KNOW!!!! Im so confused... I have a few months to make my mind up but its so annoying!

    If you got this far well done Thanks everybody I will be checking back xxx
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    Contact your uni as they will be able to give you the best idea!!
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    I wanted personal opinions really
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    would you ever want to work for the nhs, if so do it????
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    (Original post by xCharlotteFx)
    Hello everybody.

    So I have a place for Uni, that I got via clearing last year for Biomedical Science at MMU (BSc Hons) This course is accredited by the IBMS.

    Originally in 2012 when clearing was taking place, I was under the impression that the course had a option to do a sandwich year and go on placement for the 3rd year.

    However, this year the guidelines have changes and I have been told that they no longer offer the placement year, but it is still accredited by the IBMS, (I thought for it to be accredited, you had to do a placement year so your portfolio was ready for when you graduated to register with the IBMS? )

    So, she said if I wanted to do the placement year I can transfer over to the Healthcare Sciences BSc which incorporate a placement and it is accredited etc and recognised by the HCPC also.

    The route I was wanting to take was maybe go onto try and get into the STP on the NHS and maybe go into, Microbiology, cytology, Hispathology - This STP (Science training programme with NHS - you can choose your own pathway so, cellular science, infection sciences etc) is basically like a MSc, but you get 25,000 for three years while training.

    However I don't know whether I will benefit from doing the healthcare science degree, as It feels more aimed towards working in the NHS solely.
    And I don't know whether pay from doing this job would be brilliant (I have heard that this is a way of the government to stop the band of pay rising?)

    Or I don't know whether to stick at the biomedical science degree, do my own MSc afterwards at uni in something I fancy after my course, and then go onto maybe do the STP anyway, if I decide I want to work in the NHS(But the thing here is that they will obviously favour the Healthcare science graduates)

    But then if I haven't done my placement year in the Biomedical Science course this will mean further faffing around to get my portfolio which means extra training years!

    I think my best option would be to contact my uni and ask whether we can find our own placement whilst in uni on our days off to do the portfolio?

    OH I DONT KNOW!!!! Im so confused... I have a few months to make my mind up but its so annoying!

    If you got this far well done Thanks everybody I will be checking back xxx
    This will answer all your questions: https://www.gov.uk/government/upload.../dh_113990.pdf

    Particularly page 32 onwards with flowcharts for career progression.

    Modernising scientific careers seems to be causing alot of confusion at the prospective student level!

    For clarity:
    Healthcare science assistant - Medical Laboratory assistant
    Healthcare practitioner - Biomedical Scientist
    Healthcare scientist - Clinical Scientist
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    Thanks I will have a look x
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    For it to be IBMS accredited the course needs to over specific modules etc. The placement and portfolio makes you eligible to become a HCPC registrant - needed for Biomedical Scientists to enter at band 5 in the NHS rather than a trainee at 4 where you would do your year training and portfolio.
    You're right about the banding- though it is merely only rumours at the moment that they are lowering banding as the NHS cannot fund the higher bands.
    BMS is more open as a career- only about 10% of people on my course want to become BMS. And I think it has more opportunity to develop along the bandings of the NHS. Also if you did an MSc in whichever discipline you chose, you would be able to enter at band 6 as a Specialist BMS.
    I'm not sure if this really helps as your question kind of confused me..
    But speaking as BMS I love my course, and it is broad with lectures being held with neuroscience, biochem, bio, human bio etc yet we have two modules that are BMS specific.
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    Hi I am at MMU doing biomed. And i love it , the healthcare science and biomed. Share nearly all lectures, the biomed. Is still accredited. Don't think about money at the moment , you should be doing the subject because you have a passion for it not because it pays well. The facilities at MMU are fab and I have really enjoyed my first year.


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    (Original post by Oliviahunt)
    Hi I am at MMU doing biomed. And i love it , the healthcare science and biomed. Share nearly all lectures, the biomed. Is still accredited. Don't think about money at the moment , you should be doing the subject because you have a passion for it not because it pays well. The facilities at MMU are fab and I have really enjoyed my first year.


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    Hi, I'm considering MMU for biomed starting 2014 and would like to know what its really like. I know its really low on the league tables and has a bad rep, but is the teaching good? Do you have good feedback and support from lecturers?
 
 
 
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