Degree (FdSc) in Bioscience/Biochemistry

FdSc Bioscience is validated by Sheffield Hallam University and covers the fundamental concepts, principles and theories of biosciences.
The programme is aligned to the needs of employers and provides a practical and academic challenge within the framework of current industrial practices in Biosciences.
You will study at the UCNL, which is our dedicated learning and social facility for all higher education (HE) students. Practical activities will take place in specialist laboratories situated within the STEM Academy located on campus.
The full time programme is studied over a two-year period with attendance of 2-3 days per week. The part time programme is spread over three years, with attendance on 1 day per week. All students are required to undertake a work-based placement at each level of the programme providing opportunities for enhanced employability skills.

UCAS Course Code:
Biosciences C770
Biochemistry F163

If you are looking for a full-time or part-time course in Higher Education to study at UCNL, look no further as we explain the process of how to apply. You'll be on the path to success in no time at all!

All applications for entry to full time programmes must be made through the national Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

When: as a general guide, applications can be made to UCAS between September and mid-January. Please check their website ( for further information. We do consider applications throughout the year, although the earlier you submit, the earlier you will receive a decision and can start to plan accordingly.

How: Once you have found the perfect course on the study at UCNL page and you are ready to apply, you have a couple of options:

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    Alternatively, you can head directly to the UCAS website:

    Please use the following details to find us on the UCAS website:

    The UCAS Code for the DN Colleges Group is: N64 (The University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)

    Campus Code:
    N (UCNL) 
    Campus Code: D (University Centre Doncaster) 

Please note that UCNL is part of the DN Colleges Group.

Once you have submitted your application, UCAS will send copies to all of your selected institutions.


Each will make a decision based on your application, and may invite you for an interview.


If we can offer you a place on a course, the offer will be communicated via UCAS TRACK.


If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, an institution could also offer you an alternative course, or will provide you with feedback about why they were unable to offer you a place.


If you receive an offer, it will either be:

  • Conditional – you must meet certain conditions which are usually based on exam results.
  • Unconditional – you have been accepted without any further conditions.

Offers should be accepted or declined. You may accept an offer as Firm or Insurance.

  • Firm is your preferred choice.
  • Insurance is your back-up choice.

All applications for part-time programmes should be made directly to UCNL, using a Higher Education Part Time Application form. This is available by emailing Alternatively, click the ‘enquire’ button located next to the course you wish to apply for.

Loans for tuition fees are available to full-time and part-time students (subject to current Government funding criteria), from Student Finance England and are known as 'Tuition Fee Loans'.


You will need to ensure that student finance is in place prior to the start of your course to ensure payments for tuition fees and maintenance grants are made in a timely fashion.

Please visit for more information and guidance. Should you need some assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

UCNL has a range of financial support awards available for students. These include:

  • The Student Opportunity Fund
    This is also referred to as the Hardship Fund and is an amount of money UCNL holds in order to allocate to students facing financial hardship and difficulty. Applications to the fund can be made from late October throughout the academic year. This is NOT a loan and is not repayable.To qualify you must have applied for a student loan. If following this, you are still in hardship you may apply to the fund for help. Following a standard assessment, you may qualify for a termly payment based upon attendance or if you have an unexpected large expense you may qualify for a non-standard award to help towards the cost.Additionally, students facing unexpected financial difficulties may be eligible for a short term repayable loan. Information can be provided by the UCNL Information and Advice office.
  • Bursaries Students may also be able to apply for a number of financial bursaries. These include awards available to students who are care leavers and those from low participation neighbourhoods. Please note that there is a limited number of awards available. For further details, please contact the Information and Advice office.
  • Council Tax Certificates Exemption certificates can be arranged for full-time Students only. Please contact the UCNL Information and Advice Office for further details.

We encourage all students to become members of The Student Society which is proactively involved in UCNL and creates the opportunity for students to provide feedback and share ideas and suggestions with regards to their student experience. The Student Society allows students the chance to develop their interests, to network and engage with other students and staff, to work in partnership with UCNL to achieve goals and to discuss their student experience.

We are always trying to find creative and innovate ways of inspiring our students to enhance their experience. In previous years the Student Society has been engaged in UCNL's first student-led conference, 'UCNL's Got Talent', has helped develop UNCL’s LGBTQ+ Group and has been responsible for providing a forum to discuss student suggestions, leading to changes such as the introduction of microwaves in the Bistro for HE students. 

If you think that you could make a real difference and would like to join, please come to one of our advertised meetings or ask your Programme Leader about who you go to for more information.

This Student Charter has been developed in partnership between staff, students and members of the Student Society, setting out ways in which everyone will work together to make your time at UCNL enjoyable, successful and rewarding.

If you are interested in viewing our Student Charter follow this link.

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Course Details

During the first year of the programme, students from both named routes (FdSc Biosciences and FdSc Biochemistry) will study the same core modules although opportunities will exist for students to develop their interests through work based and placement learning.
During the second year, 2 specialist modules will be undertaken depending on the named route opted for (Bioscience or Biochemistry).
In addition, more specialised and focused projects as part of the Continuing Professional Development and Research Skills modules will support the specialist route taken.
The FdSc totals 240 HE credits (120 at each of level 4 and 5).
Level Four- Year 1 (Full Time)

• Academic Skills 20 credits
• Professional Development 20 credits
• Biological Molecules 20 credits
• Introduction to Microbiology and Genetics 20 credits
• Cells, Molecules and Metabolism 20 credits
• Introduction to Human Physiology 20 credits

Level 5- Year 2 (Full Time)

• Applied Microbiology and Immunology 20 credits
• Molecular Biology and Human Development 20 credits
• Human Homeostasis and Control 20 credits *
• Human Homeostasis in Context 20 credits*
• Analytical Chemistry 20 credits**
• Understanding Biological Reactions 20 credits**
• Research Skills 20 credits
• Continuing Professional Development 20 credits

* these modules are for the physiology route
** these modules are for the chemistry route

Entry Requirements

You will normally be required to have achieved 80 UCAS points for entry, with 40 points from a relevant subject area. Students progressing from an Access to HE programme, will normally require 60 credits with at least 12 credits at merit or distinction from an Open College Network accredited course which includes Biology and / or Chemistry.

Applications will also be considered by individuals demonstrating recent and relevant industrial experience within biosciences.

Course Progression

The strong approach towards work based and placement learning can lead to careers in areas such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, research institutes, biomedical research laboratories, hospital laboratories and health related industries.

However you may wish to continue your studies further. You could progress onto an appropriate degree at Sheffield Hallam University or similar progression degrees at other universities. Academic teaching staff from UCNL and Sheffield Hallam University will provide guidance during your studies.

Offers are made subject to the availability of courses and the University Terms and Conditions.

Assessment Methods

Summative assessments will be conducted for each module, and typically there will be no more than two assessments for each module. Summative assessments will include examinations with multiple choice, short answers and longer answer essay questions and mathematical calculations. Students will also be assessed via laboratory portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies, personal development portfolios and group and individual presentations.

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
Students will be required to purchase a lab coat in preparation for starting the programme.
There will also be occasions when additional costs will occur, e.g. poster printing, trips and educational visits.
Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Scholarship, Engagement and Employability (SEE)

When you study at the University Centre, we want you to leave with so much more than a qualification. We are committed to the philosophy of students as partners within a learning community. To this end, there are many opportunities to get involved, including:

  • Student conferences, exhibitions and poster presentations
  • Cross disciplinary event, at the annual science fair
  • Staff/student research, including publication and conference presentation
  • Student Society Group
  • Business & Management Exhibition