ATAR:
Lowest selection rank*: 81.30
*Offers made in 2020. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start date:
22 February 2021
Application due dates:

Overview

Gain a strong foundation for a career in medicine or allied health with a Bachelor of Biomedicine at Victoria University, Melbourne.

This course prepares you for entry into postgraduate medicine and other postgraduate courses such as physiotherapy, pharmacy and dietetics. It includes essential physiology, anatomy and biochemistry prerequisites. You’ll also learn up-to-date information on disease and medical applications.

Our Bachelor of Biomedicine has a particular focus on the role of exercise and nutrition in medicine. You’ll design and analyse research methods and findings. You’ll undertake a research project that can provide a platform to begin a research degree.

New specialised units cover topics including:

  • bioinformatics
  • medical imaging
  • exercise in medicine.

This course will ensure you have broadly applicable science knowledge, and are ready for postgraduate study.

VU has a strong commitment to healthy and active living. Our Bachelor of Biomedicine is underpinned by the notion that ‘exercise is medicine’ (a global initiative led in Australia by Exercise & Sports Science Australia). You will graduate with specialised expertise in the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease.

Studying this course, you’ll benefit from close links with:

As a leading health and fitness university, we have extensive sports services and facilities available for all students. These include quality fitness centres, campus sport programs, tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Studying at VU involves a blend of theoretical and experiential learning. You’ll benefit from our three-way partnership at the Centre of Health, Research and Education (CHRE) with University of Melbourne and Western Health at the Sunshine Hospital. In third year, you’ll undertake a research project with a clinical and/or research team. This will allow you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice in the laboratory simulated learning environments, and community and industry settings.

You’ll also learn through practical scenarios (including workplaces and community settings) where you’ll apply the fundamentals of medical techniques.

VU staff are highly engaged and committed, and use modern and innovative teaching strategies. This tailored course offers small group learning, mentoring and support. You’ll be studying in a supportive learning environment that will ensure you are work ready, or prepared for postgraduate study.

At VU you can spend part of your degree studying overseas all while gaining credits towards your course.

Immerse yourself in a new culture and learn from a new perspective, while building experiences that will help you to stand out in the competitive job market.

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Careers in biomedicine

You will be ready to enter the workforce in a variety of fields including:

  • research in the medical sector
  • research in exercise or nutrition sciences
  • medical and diagnostic application services.

Job titles & salaries

Use Job Outlook to find average annual salaries in Australia for various professions:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Biomedicine students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units
  • 144 credit points of Core studies 
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies from the list below.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

24 credit points from the selected Minor

Year 3

Or

24 credit points from the selected Minor

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of biomedicine, including physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, pathophysiology, genetics and biostatistics.  
  2. Critically apply biomedicine theoretical knowledge to practical situations in simulated learning environments, using current therapeutic approaches and exercise regimes for the treatment of chronic diseases.  
  3. Evaluate current advances in medical interventions/therapeutics to investigate and propose solutions to global contemporary, emerging and future-oriented issues in biomedicine.  
  4. Select and review research literature, critically analyse data and conceptually map the principles of scientific research and experimental design.  
  5. Apply ethical and safe practice in all aspects of research and laboratory based work.  
  6. Communicate information in oral and written forms to a range of associates including supervisors, peers, research teams; community and industry partners.  
  7. Reflect on their own learning and career goals and the development of strategies for achieving them.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
PLUS:
A study score of at least 25 in two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or any Mathematics.

Subject adjustments

A study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 5 aggregate points. A study score of 30 in Biology, Chemistry, English other than EAL, any Mathematics or Physics equals 5 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 20 points.

ATAR profile

ATAR [and Selection Rank] profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in 2020.

VTAC course code: 4301010051 (Footscray Park), 4301310051 (St Albans)

Biomedicine (Footscray Park)
ATAR profile of people who received an offer for the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Footscray Park).
  ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer 92.80 96.10
Median rank to receive an offer 81.90 92.05
Lowest rank to receive an offer 68.50 81.30
Biomedicine (St Albans)
ATAR and Selection Rank profile of people who received an offer for the Bachelor of Biomedicine (St Albans).
  ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors)*
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)*
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 offers <5 offers
Median rank to receive an offer <5 offers <5 offers
Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 offers <5 offers

* “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent) in Health Sciences.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Completion of at least one semester of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) in Biomedical or Health Sciences.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English (or equivalent).
AND:
A study score of at least 25 in two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or any Mathematics (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

Apply through VTAC

Apply through VTAC if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are applying for more than one course
  • you are completing Year 12 in 2020
  • you have an existing VTAC application to study in 2021

VTAC course code: 4301010051, 4301310051

VTAC timely applications are due 30 September 2020.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

Apply directly to VU if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are a current VU student
  • you are only applying for this course and are not completing Year 12 in 2020

Direct applications are due on 14 February 2021 for our next intake which starts on 22 February 2021.

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