Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

Our Medical Sciences degree is designed primarily for students who want to become medical doctors. Every year, there are ten places available on the A101 medicine programme at Cardiff University for suitably qualified graduates of this course and our graduates are also able to progress to graduate entry medicine at other universities.

The teaching of all subject areas, which range from anatomy and physiology to clinical skills and health policy, is reinforced by applying theoretical knowledge to clinical scenarios. Throughout the Medical Sciences degree you will gain valuable, hands-on clinical training and research experience from intensive work placements in local NHS facilities.

As well as being a strong scientific qualification, a key feature of our Medical Sciences course is the application of scientific knowledge to clinical scenarios using simulation and case-based learning.

From studying topics as diverse as tropical medicine, clinical practice or biological anthropology to potentially being selected to take part in human dissection, you will gain robust scientific knowledge and skills during this course.

When you graduate, you'll be able to decide which area of healthcare is suitable for you and be in a very strong position for an application to graduate entry medicine.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

This entry criteria details typical offers, however USW considers all applications on an individual basis. This means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. Please note, this course is only available to UK and EU national applicants.

International students are unable to study this degree because UK Health Authorities will not permit them to undertake placements. Placements are a critical part of the Medical Sciences degree and there are placements required in both years one and two to support the patient handling element of the course. International applicants may wish to consider our BSc (Hons) Human Biology degree. This course does not require any clinical placements but is a biomedically orientated degree. Successful completion of this degree would allow them to apply for Postgraduate graduate entry medical programmes at other institutions within the UK.

Additional Requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)

Interview: Suitably qualified Applicants will be invited to attend an interview for this course. Here are tips on how to prepare.

Typical A-Level Offer - BBB or ABC to include Biology but to exclude General Studies

Please note that A Level Chemistry is also required if you are considering applying to Cardiff Medical School after studying at USW

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to include Biology but to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer - BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit in a relevant subject which must include Biology modules

Please Note: BTEC qualification are no longer accepted by Cardiff University Medical School

Typical IB Offer - Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 32 overall including a score of 5 in Biology at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.

Please note that a score of 5 in Chemistry at Higher Level is also required if you are considering applying to Cardiff Medical School after studying at USW

Typical Access to HE Offer - Science Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits equating to 24 Distinctions (18 from Science) from Science units, 18 Merits and 3 Passes. Other combinations equating to 118 UCAS tariff points are acceptable

Please Note: Access to Higher Education courses are no longer accepted by Cardiff University Medical School

Additional Requirements - GCSEs: For entry to this course the University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

However, if looking to progress to graduate entry medicine at university after completing your degree with us, we would advise you to check their entry criteria as the GCSE/IELTS requirement could be higher and you would be expected to meet these requirements irrespective of your degree or any level 3 qualifications/results you have achieved.

BSc (Hons) Biology and Human Biology (Including Foundation Year):

Students who are studying this course are required to achieve a mark of 70% or higher, with no module below 60%, in order to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree.

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