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Hello guys, I want to apply for the biomedical course but I really have no idea what the difference between them are!! Like, I want to do more practical kind of work such as in the laboratory and then I would like to specialise in areas such as Haemotology or so. What exactly does the word clinical mean anyway? I'm currently looking at Manchester, Sheffield, Coventry, Nottingham Trent and Lincoln where its just BSc Biomedical science but for coventry it says "Biomedical science/Applied biomedical science" so are they both together? There's Aston uni doing Applied biomedical course. Also i would like to do a sandwich course and it says you can do a placement in clinical or industrial setting but i don't know what they are? I tried to look them up but didn't help much. I'm not really into being a researcher as such since I really want to be hands on with work!! Help anyone please, I'm so confused
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I'd suggest you explore BSc Healthcare Science instead. It sounds like NHS laboratories are what you're hinting at and that course is specifically aimed at that career.
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oo thankyou for that, this is actually the first time i've heard of that. I looked into it and found only a couple of university do that, why is that? also isnt it possible to go into NHS clinical place by doing biomedical science as well ?
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One of the main reasons so few Universities do it is that it's a new course. It's a product of work between the Department of Health and various Universities aimed at producing Biomedical Scientist's who are qualified to go directly into Band 5 posts rather than graduating and requiring further training.

Since it's quite a vocational course in the fact that it's very hands on, a lot of the more traditional universities shy away from it whereas the universities that focus on employability are keen to use it. It was only a few years ago that only 2 universities ran it.

They are trying to phase out the year in industry that some Biomedical Science courses run and you will probably have found that less and less run it. The idea that the Department of Health are running is to replace the industry year with Healthcare Science in order to gear their graduates more towards the skills require to be a Biomedical Scientist. It's important to understand that this does not limit you to the NHS, if anything you are more employable to non-NHS employers since you've proved your competent to a high level.
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An Applied Biomedical Science course is a 4-year course that includes a placement year in an IBMS-accredited lab which allows the student to complete their IBMS portfolio. The portfolio allows the graduate to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the HCPC. This is the route to take if you want to be a Biomedical Scientist.

A Biomedical Science course with a sandwich year is a 4-year course that includes a placement usually in a non-IBMS accredited lab or at a pharmaceutical company/research lab etc. You won't be able to complete your IBMS portfolio and therefore won't be able to register with the HCPC and work as a Biomedical Scientist. This is a good route if you don't want to work as a Biomed but want to work in research as the degree course will still give you practical skills.

A Biomedical Science course is a 3-year course. Out of the 3, it's probably the least useful as it doesn't allow the opportunity for experience outside of the degree so it may be more difficult to find a paid job afterwards as most jobs are looking for some sort of experience.

Hope this helps
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(Original post by gapyearstudent)
An Applied Biomedical Science course is a 4-year course that includes a placement year in an IBMS-accredited lab which allows the student to complete their IBMS portfolio. The portfolio allows the graduate to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the HCPC. This is the route to take if you want to be a Biomedical Scientist.

A Biomedical Science course with a sandwich year is a 4-year course that includes a placement usually in a non-IBMS accredited lab or at a pharmaceutical company/research lab etc. You won't be able to complete your IBMS portfolio and therefore won't be able to register with the HCPC and work as a Biomedical Scientist. This is a good route if you don't want to work as a Biomed but want to work in research as the degree course will still give you practical skills.

A Biomedical Science course is a 3-year course. Out of the 3, it's probably the least useful as it doesn't allow the opportunity for experience outside of the degree so it may be more difficult to find a paid job afterwards as most jobs are looking for some sort of experience.

Hope this helps
Majority of this is outdated. Department of Health and trying to do away with BMS placement years due to BSc Healthcare Science which is the fastest and most direct route into becoming a BMS not Applied Biomedical Science.
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Majority of this is outdated. Department of Health and trying to do away with BMS placement years due to BSc Healthcare Science which is the fastest and most direct route into becoming a BMS not Applied Biomedical Science.
Yeah but there aren't any unis in london that do the Healthcare science (life sciences) course.
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Yeah but there aren't any unis in london that do the Healthcare science (life sciences) course.
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