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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
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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
GuaranteedATAR 60.00
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00

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.

Hear from our students

The lectures and course content in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science have been really interesting, with lots of support from academics. A highlight has been studying the Chemical Detectives unit. We used techniques called carbon and hydrogen NMR, IR and UV spectra to identify organic molecules. These techniques are used when creating new medicines and chemicals.I feel this degree gives me the fundamental knowledge and skills to work as a scientist and opens the door for me to pursue further studies in a specialised field.

Bachelor of Biomedical 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 course structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

Year 1

Semester 1

SCBCH1001, 15 credit points
SCBIO1001, 15 credit points
SCCHM1001, 15 credit points
SCCOR1200, 15 credit points

Semester 2

COOPC1026, 15 credit points
SCBIO1020, 15 credit points
SCCHM1002, 15 credit points
SCCOR1300, 15 credit points

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 SEM 1 Specialisation Elective

Semester 2

Year 3 SEM 2 Specialisation Elective

Approximately 16-20 hours per week

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.

English language requirement

Overall IELTS band score of 6.0, with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent

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

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Lab coat and safety glasses

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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 course comprising a focus on genetics/genomics, molecular and cellular biology, immunology, public health or health informatics.

The graduate medical course at Deakin University and graduate medical, physiotherapy, dentistry, veterinary science and other courses 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 course 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 course. 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 unit, 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 courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, 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 - Mark Myers
Berwick - Indu Somasundara Panicker
Gippsland - Churchill - Indu Somasundara Panicker
On-line Learning - Mark Myers