Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Learn about the human body and the processes associated with disease to improve human health.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
View all semester start dates
3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 60.00
 Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.60

Biomedicine is an exciting area that plays a major role in helping people lead healthier lives. It's an industry that is constantly evolving. You'll learn about anatomy, pathophysiology, genetic sciences and can go on to work in areas like genome biology, genetic mapping, stem cell research and biological pharmaceuticals. Studies range from lifespan nutrition, to food microbiology, metabolism to applied biochemistry.

Graduates of this program will pursue a career in biomedical research, laboratory technology, medical sales, research and pharmaceuticals.

This degree is a pathway to postgraduate studies in medicine, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy and other allied health programs, as well as veterinary science.

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Clinical biochemist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Research scientist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Cytologist
  • Pathologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Immunologist

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

SCBIO1010, 15 credit points
SCCHM1001, 15 credit points
SCCOR1300, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Semester 2

Year 2

Semester 1

SCBCH2001, 15 credit points
SCCHM2001, 15 credit points
SCMED2010, 15 credit points
SCMIC2001, 15 credit points

Semester 2

SCBCH2002, 15 credit points
SCMED2011, 15 credit points
SCMOL2001, 15 credit points
SCMOL2010, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

SCMOL3020, 15 credit points
Year 3 Electives

Year 3 SEM 1 Specialisation Elective

Semester 2

Year 3 Electives

Year 3 SEM 2 Specialisation Elective

Approximately 16-20 hours per week

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Domestic students may apply for the Industry Placement Program (IPP) which offers up to 26 weeks of industry based experience. IPP students receive a scholarship payment of up to $15,000.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics or at least 20 in any Science;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.

If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Minimum requirements:  Applicants who have not completed secondary education or undertaken any TAFE of university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700537041 (Mt Helen), 3700737041 (Churchill), 3700837041 (On-line Learning), 3701837041 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: SB5

CRICOS code: 062139A (Mt Helen)

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Lab coat and safety glasses

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

If you are seeking alternative entry into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science you can consider applying for the following program:

Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program - designed to provide you with an alternative entry method into tertiary study.

Further study options

Further opportunities exist in Biomedical Science through an Honours research program comprising a focus on genetics/genomics, molecular and cellular biology, immunology, public health or health informatics.

The graduate medical program at Deakin University and graduate medical, physiotherapy, dentistry, veterinary science and other programs at other interstate universities provide opportunities for further study and specialisation for those graduates that satisfy the selection criteria upon completion of this degree.


Although completion does not automatically guarantee entry into a Graduate Medical School, it does fulfill the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry pre-requisites required for entry into graduate medicine at some institutions

This program is available via Online Learning, in combination with one to two weeks (depending on your program) of compulsory on-campus laboratory sessions. These lab sessions are held in semester one and semester two in each year of your program. You will also be required to complete examinations either on-campus, or at an approved remote exam location in your region, under supervision.


To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Sarah Preston
Berwick - Alison Green
Gippsland - Churchill - Simone Louwhoff
On-line Learning - Jennifer Mosse