Human Biosciences - Foundation Degree

Course Code: ES1HE10

UCAS Code: 2G18


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable

Duration: 1 day a week
Day/s of week: Friday  
Time: 9.15am - 3.45pm
Indicative Delivery: 100% On-site at the ATC, Bispham Campus

Start the journey to a rewarding scientific career with the Foundation Degree Human Biosciences. 

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 a UK top 10 institution – 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. 

Our students have landed exciting career opportunities with employers such as the NHS, as well as within areas such as science teaching. Others have chosen to continue their studies or specialise further, via MSc and MRes qualifications.

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.

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 StudyES4MD03820Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Investigating BiochemistryES5MD02620Mandatory
Introduction to Human Health and DiseaseES5MD02720Mandatory
Diagnosing Infectious DiseaseES5MD03020Mandatory
Immunity and ImmunotherapiesES5MD03120Mandatory
Work Based LearningES5MD03520Mandatory
Genetic Disease and Molecular AnalysisES5MD03620Mandatory

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 Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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