Course Code: ES1HE10 UCAS Code: 2G18 Human Biosciences - Foundation Degree Duration 1 day a week Day/s of weekFriday Time09:45 - 15:45 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 09 Sep 2024 University Centre 2 Years / £9,000 per year Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course SummaryThis two year foundation programme could mark the start of a rewarding scientific career in the Human Biosciences. What's more, this degree course gives you the best of both worlds: a relevant, employment-focused curriculum to enhance your career prospects and a coveted degree qualification awarded by Lancaster University. Designed with our industry partners, the programme provides a vocational exploration of human health and disease, while developing the practical, analytical and independent research skills considered essential for the workplace. At B&FC, you will be taught by friendly, industry specialist tutors and have access to our industry-standard science laboratories, the ideal setting in which to practise professional practical techniques. After graduating, you have the option of ‘topping up’ your qualification to a full honours degree with our one-year BSc (Hons) course. Entry Requirements You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in relevant discipline or subject area: BB from an appropriate discipline which must include Biology MMP from Extended Diploma or DM from Diploma in appropriate discipline such as Applied Science) Mathematics and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component Access to HE Diploma to include either Human Physiology or Biology We will also consider applicants who can demonstrate relevant work/voluntary experience on an individual basis. In the first year of the programme, the focus is on an in depth study of cell biology, genetics and human anatomy and physiology. By getting to grips with the minutiae of human biology at this point, you will then be exceptionally well placed to understand what happens when the various systems fail to function as they should or are compromised by disease. There is also an Introduction to Academic Study module in this year, which will be a welcome addition for anyone returning to education and also a very useful refresher for those whose progression has been more direct. In the second year, the focus of the programme turns to pathology. You will explore various diseases and their impact on the human system, look at how infectious diseases are diagnosed and also how they are treated. Immunity and immunotherapies together with a study of genetic diseases also form a key part of the year two curriculum, all of which is further enhanced by a work placement which will allow you to put theory into practice and give you a taste of what a career in the sciences could offer. Qualification ObtainedFdSc Human Biosciences Close Previous Next Life in the lab Previous 1 2 Next Industry Placement and Field TripsAt Level 5 you are required to spend 96 hours on industry placement, which will give you the opportunity to experience a working environment as well as identify the skills and attributes required in the workplace. Industry placements are supported by several of our partner employers. Initial selection for these is through your tutor, who will carry out a short interview prior to recommendation to the employer. Alternatively, you can source a relevant placement of your choice. There is support available throughout the process from your tutor as well as our Careers Team. If an external placement cannot be found then there are opportunities available with our own Science Team, as well as a chance to work on ‘live-briefs’, designed by employers and undertaken here in College. There are currently no field trips planned, but we respond to events that occur throughout the programme. These are optional and will incur a small cost. Learning and Teaching Methods Scheduled Learning Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits. Independent Study Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision. Placement Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically. Expert Tutors All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice. What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Cell Biology and Genetics ES4MD027 20 No Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 ES4MD028 20 No Introduction to Biochemistry ES4MD030 20 No Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 ES4MD031 20 No Laboratory Skills ES4MD032 20 No Introduction to Academic Study ES4MD038 20 No Modules at level 5 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Investigating Biochemistry ES5MD026 20 No Introduction to Human Health and Disease ES5MD027 20 No Diagnosing Infectious Disease ES5MD030 20 No Immunity and Immunotherapies ES5MD031 20 No Work Based Learning ES5MD035 20 No Genetic Disease and Molecular Analysis ES5MD036 20 No How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 58% 70% 0% Exam 15% 13% 0% Practical 27% 17% 0% Other Costs and Equipment NeededThere are no direct additional costs for this programme other than the provision of stationery, photocopying and so forth. However, students may wish to purchase a laptop to allow them to do coursework more flexibly. It is possible to borrow a laptop or to get help with financing one if you are eligible for financial support. Tuition Fees Please visit our finance page for more information on tuition fees and available financial support. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institute: N/A Awarding Body: The University of Lancaster Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 344 333 0 Independent 856 837 0 Placement 0 30 0 Total 1200 1200 0 Programme Specification Programme Spec HUB-2019.pdf Adobe PDF, 261.2 KB Career Options and Progression Many of our Foundation Degree graduates progress onto our BSC (Hons) top-up programme. However, if after two years in higher education, the world of work beckons, you will be able to enter the employment at a technical level in a supporting role possibly in area such as research and development or testing. You would also be ideally qualified to work as a laboratory technician in an academic establishment supporting students in a number of science disciplines.