Our Biomedical Science programme at Aston is ranked first in the UK for subjects allied to medicine and also for overall student satisfaction in the UK (96% in 2013, National Student Survey). The Biomedical Science programme at Aston University is accredited by the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS) the 4-year Applied Biomedical Science programme is approved by the HCPC thus offering those students wishing to practice as a biomedical scientist post-graduation, a fast-track into the profession. A key strength of our programme is our provision of excellent placement opportunities for students in the third year of the programme. Placements may be in the UK or overseas and we have developed strong links with industry and the NHS as placement providers. Examples of our placement providers include: GlaxoSmithKline, Boots, Unilever, The Binding Site and The Health Protection Agency to name a few. In addition, we have well-established links with NHS establishments who work closely with our placements department in securing placements for those students wishing to train as Biomedical Scientists. A training placement in an accredited NHS laboratory allows the student to build a portfolio of evidence which underpins obtaining their Certificate of Competence in the third year of their degree programme.