Human Biosciences - Foundation Degree

Course Code: ES1HE10

UCAS Code: 2G18


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
14/09/2020University Centre2 Years / £8,335 per year Apply
14/09/2021University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per year Apply

Course Overview

Prepare for a fascinating career in the life sciences sector, with the Foundation Degree Human Biosciences. Co-created with employers to enhance your career prospects, the programme explores the areas of human health and disease, while developing your practical, analytical and independent research skills. Successful completion of the course will allow you to progress to a final top-up honours year. The government has committed to a range of developments in new therapeutic approaches to health care, putting the life sciences sector at the forefront of human health and disease R&D. As such, you can look forward to challenging and rewarding career opportunities in this field.

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points to include at least one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR a BTEC/QCF Diploma in a science discipline (such as Applied Science) plus GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade 4 (previously grade C) or above.

We will also consider applicants who can demonstrate relevant work/voluntary experience on an individual basis.

Qualification Obtained

FdSc Human Biosciences

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Cell Biology and GeneticsES4MD02720Mandatory
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1ES4MD02820Mandatory
Introduction to BiochemistryES4MD03020Mandatory
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2ES4MD03120Mandatory
Laboratory SkillsES4MD03220Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study Comp Sci EngES4MD03320Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Investigating BiochemistryES5MD02620Mandatory
Introduction to Human Health and DiseaseES5MD02720Mandatory
Genetic Disease and Molecular DiagnosisES5MD02820Mandatory
Work Based Placement LearningES5MD02920Mandatory
Diagnosing Infectious DiseaseES5MD03020Mandatory
Immunity and ImmunotherapiesES5MD03120Mandatory

Teaching and Learning 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.


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.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

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.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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