48 months
16200 GBP/year
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If you work in a supporting role in a pathology lab environment and want to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this 4-year, part-time Applied Biomedical Science (Degree Apprenticeship) (Hons) at University of Portsmouth is for you.

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When you complete the course successfully, you'll be eligible to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You'll have a vital, in-demand skill set, opening paths to roles from diagnosing illnesses such as COVID–19 to establishing whether a patient and donor are compatible for transplantation.

What you'll experience

On this Applied Biomedical Science (Degree Apprenticeship) (Hons) at University of Portsmouth , you'll:

  • Learn about the main pathological disciplines, including haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology, clinical biochemistry, histology and immunology
  • Develop your skills in interpreting data in a laboratory context
  • Have the opportunity to apply for membership to the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), opening up a further portfolio of training courses, and the potential for future professional advancement
  • Improve your communication skills in scientific and analytical writing, learning how to communicate complex scientific concepts to a broad audience
  • Earn a degree qualification while you work, with the Government and your employer covering your tuition fees


When you graduate, you'll be ready to work in a Band 5 Biomedical Scientist role in areas such as:

  • Main pathology disciplines, such as haematology, biochemistry, blood transfusion, microbiology, histology or immunology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Genetics
  • Government and professional research
  • With further training and experience, this qualification allows progression to roles such as:
  • Section leader
  • Laboratory manager
  • Consultant Biomedical Scientist
  • You'll also be able to continue onto qualification routes such as:
  • Master's
  • PhD
  • Professional Doctorate
  • IBMS professional qualifications
  • The Scientist Training Programme (STP)

Programme Structure


  • Cells to Systems
  • Experiential
  • Pathological Sciences

  • Applied Human Physiology

  • Biomedical Toolbox

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A levels – AAB–BBB
  • UCAS – 120-136 points from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology plus a second Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics:
  • Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch.
  • If you do not have an acceptable qualification you will be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 31
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 48 months.

£16,200 – £18,300

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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