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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.