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Biomedical Science top up modules

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  Key facts:

  • 10 or 20 undergraduate level credits
  • Distance learning and / or campus based
  • Standalone modules

These courses are for you if you wish to “top-up” your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a course as part of your continuing professional development. Modules cover a range of topics in Biomedical Science.

See individual module pages for specific details of each module where appropriate (links below in the "What you will study" section).

  • Credit value: Depending upon the module, they are worth 10 or 20 credits.
  • Mode of delivery: All modules except Microbiology BY1IM1 are available via distance learning or “by attendance” (i.e. on campus). Microbiology BY1IM1 is only available “by attendance”.
  • Course type: Standalone Modules
  • Number of places available: Varies, up to 25 per module
  • Start date: September
  • Duration: Registration covers 1 academic year, with course delivery scheduled over 3-10 weeks depending on the module and delivery method. Examinations will take place in January and May.
  • Entry requirements: 
    • General entry requirements: In order to study this module you must have a non-accredited undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences or an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as biology or biochemistry). 
    • Taking this module in order to “top-up” your existing degree for IBMS registration: Prior to registering for a top-up module (or modules) you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science. They will assess your degree in order to confirm that it is eligible for “Top-Up” and to determine the additional subject areas in which you need further qualifications. You will need to contact the IBMS before June in the year of application to ensure that you have confirmation of your module requirements in time to register for your modules with Aston University.
    • Degrees not eligible for Top-up: If your degree is not eligible for top up but you still wish to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, we recommend that you apply to take our accredited BSc Biomedical Sciences undergraduate degree.
    • Taking this module for professional development: No additional requirements apply.
    • International students: we welcome applications from international students who are already in the UK with a valid visa. Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications from international students who wish to come to the UK solely to take this course. We are also not able to accept international students to take the distance learning route. You will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your UK visa, and of your passport when you submit the online registration form so that we can check you are eligible to take the top up modules.

How to apply

  • Applications are currently open for our next intake. See above for details about applying to the IBMS if applicable). 

Application deadlines:

  • Application to IBMS (if applicable):
    • UK / EU students: early April
    • International students: early April
  • Application to Aston University: 
    • UK / EU students: 31 July (please note that you must pay the course fee in full by 31 August)
    • International students: 1 July (please note that you must pay the course fee in full by 31 August)
    • If you wish to apply after the deadline, please contact us to check as we may still be able to consider your application.
  • Enrolment:
    • UK / EU students: October
    • International students: October
    • Apply now: Please complete an online application form.  You will need to complete, and upload a copy of the following form: Biomedical Science Modules Form.
Apply now: 

Please complete an online application form. You will also need to download, complete, and upload a copy of the following form as part of the online application form: Biomedical Science Modules Form  .

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For 2018 entry:

  • 10 credit modules: £550
  • 20 credit modules: £1100
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

These modules allow you to develop your knowledge in different areas of Biomedical Science. They are ideal if you wish to “top-up” your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a course as part of your continuing professional development.

All modules except Microbiology are available via distance learning or “by attendance” (i.e. on campus). Microbiology is only available “by attendance”. We welcome applications from international students who are already in the UK with a valid visa, however we are not able to accept those who wish to come to the UK solely to take this course. Students taking this course by distance learning must be based in the UK.

Those taking the course “by attendance” will attend the university at the start of the academic year to register and participate in an induction session for Top-up students. You will be shown how to access your university record and Blackboard (the Virtual Learning Environment). Throughout the duration of the course you will attend the on campus lectures, practicals and group learning sessions or tutorials. Most of the modules take place in condensed 2 week blocks in the autumn term. You will also need to attend examinations which will take place on campus in either January or May, depending upon the module.

Those taking the course via “distance learning” will attend the university in person at the start of the academic year and in January. At the start of the academic year in September you will register and participate in a specific induction session for studying Top-up modules by distance learning. This will show you how to access your university record and Blackboard (the Virtual Learning Environment). Thereafter you can access all the learning material and complete all the coursework assessments remotely via the VLE Blackboard. There are no practicals or group activities and the learning material is available for continuous study during the autumn term for most modules. You will need to attend examinations which will take place on campus in either January or May, depending upon the module.

Both “by attendance” and distance learning routes make extensive use of Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), but there will be obvious differences in learning methods and timetables between by attendance and distance learning.

All course material, including recorded lectures, self-assessment quizzes, timetables, and some directed reading will be available on Blackboard online; coursework submission and feedback are also mainly via this route. Blackboard allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Our CPD courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

These modules will allow you to obtain the academic competences that are required to apply to the Health Professions Council for Registration as a Biomedical Scientist.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise / have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston was awarded a Gold rating. Our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Biomedical Science top up modules course director: Dr Jonathan Cox

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