Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health

Course summary

The Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health is a three-year undergraduate degree providing a solid foundation towards graduate medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies, optometry, podiatry, physiotherapy or pharmacy. Depending on which major/minor you choose, this course also leads into a wide range of other postgraduate study or professional career options in the physical and life sciences, allied health or health informatics. High performing students from a diverse range of backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, in particular Indigenous and rural students.

This degree will explore core content for medical school entry including academic literacy, critical thinking skills and an understanding of what it takes to be a successful health practitioner. Extracurricular activities outside of the classroom will demonstrate your leadership, dedication and cooperation. From your first year in the course you will have opportunities to participate in a wide range of volunteer and enrichment activities in the community. These will assist you in developing real-world skills and a readiness for a career in health and medicine.

What you will study

In the first year you will study core foundational topics in anatomy, biology, chemistry, exercise physiology and nutrition. In year two, under the guidance of the course coordinator, you can tailor your interests by selecting one of eight study areas:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Informatics
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Medical Science
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Nutrition

In year three, a capstone subject examines medical case studies across six topics in the same case-based learning format used by graduate medical schools across the world.The cases are explored and managed via patient-oriented evidence summaries, group video presentations, clinical trial critiques and debates on ethical issues.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

363

ATAR-SR

95

IB Score

37

Duration

3 years full-time

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

086246M

UAC Code

757500

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 95 or an IB of 37. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

20

20

20

20

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$15,720 (2019)

$94,320 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Evaluate and review critically broad and coherent knowledge in the principles and concepts associated with evidence-based medical science and health practice and research.
2 Recognise and respond to the principles and concepts associated with professional practice (including legal and ethical practice).
3 Critically review, analyse, interpret, synthesise and create information
4 Exercise critical thinking, reflective practice and independent problem solving.
5 Communicate concepts and ideas clearly and coherently to others
6 Demonstrate skills in working effectively in interdisciplinary teams
7 Apply knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with medical related scientific research
8 Evaluate how medicine, science and health knowledge and skills can be applied in professional practice.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points. 

Please note:

  • Students completing a minor in Health Informatics or Medical Radiation Physics can complete no more than 72 credit points at 100-level. All other students can complete no more than 60 credit points at 100-level.
  • Students wishing to complete double majors within the course should contact the Course Coordinator.
  • The major and minor pages include the common core second and third year subjects within the course structure.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn
Select one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104, CHEM105 and CHEM106. Please note, CHEM106 is only offered in Summer Session.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
OR   
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Plus one subject from the following list;
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
MGNT208 Introduction to Management for Professionals A 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2019/2020
STS 112 The Scientific Revolution 6 Autumn
MEDI160 Scientific Literacy 6 Autumn
Or other subject approved by the Course Coordinator
* PSYC101 is recommended for the Exercise Science and Nutrition majors.
^ MATH187 is compulsory for the Medical Radiation Physics minor.
Spring
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
MEDI128 Reasoning in Medical Ethics and Physical Sciences 6 Spring
Select one of the following subjects:   
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
OR   
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Summer
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2019/2020
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
Plus one subject in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor
Spring
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
Plus two subjects in Spring session from the chosen major/minor
Year 3
Autumn
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
Plus one subject in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor
Spring
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
Plus two subjects in Spring Session from the chosen major/minor
Annual
MEDI380 Integrated Science in Medicine (iSIM) 12 Annual

Major Study Areas

Minor Study Areas

Honours

Students with a good academic record, particularly in their third year, are encouraged to consider an Honours year in the discipline of their major study. The Honours year is a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research.

For further information contact the Course Director.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 25.1% to employment growth from 2017 to 2022. With this, brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to make the second largest contribution (12.7%) to employment growth in Australia. The projected high rate of employment growth for 2017 to 2022 reflects ongoing strength and demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers and experienced clinicians, so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

Career opportunities
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Allied Health Professional
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