Human Biosciences - Foundation Degree
Course Code: ES1HE01
UCAS Code: 2G18
Students interested in a career as a research or laboratory scientist are well suited to this program, which continues from A-level sciences as well as Applied Science courses at level 3. Following the 2 year course, successful learners are awarded the foundation degree and can immediately enrol onto a 1 year ‘top-up’ course, which fulfils the BSc requirements. The course reflects the UK’s burgeoning life science industry and the growing demand for highly skilled scientific personnel. The program develops knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles in this field while linking with employers to ensure that skills remain current and relevant to industry. Upon successful completion, graduating students will be able to embark on scientific careers in local and central government, the food and pharmaceutical industries, forensic or laboratory sciences. Graduates might also move onto postgraduate research or opt to join the Scientist Training Program through the NHS and study for an MSc in a chosen discipline. This course is validated by Lancaster University.
You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) drawn from qualifications such as A-Levels (which must include Biology), a BTEC/QCF Extended Diploma in Applied Science, a 90 Credit Diploma in Applied Science or the Access to HE (to include either Human Physiology or Biology). You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (previously grade C) or above.
We also welcome applications from those who have relevant work/voluntary experience instead of the above qualifications – we will consider these on an individual basis.
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
The course consists of around 400 hours of lectures and 100 hours of independent learning. You will also need to spend at least 96 hours completing a work placement.
We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, presentations, practical laboratory work, seminars and workshops, projects, work placements and tutorials. Access to electronic resources is via our Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle – and supported by our experienced learning resource advisers.
We encourage you to take a proactive approach to your learning and offer several opportunities for you to work independently as well as part of a group. This provides enormous scope for you to develop on a personal level.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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.
Read our tuition fees guide.