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Human Biosciences - BSc Hons Degree - Topup


This degree continues from our foundation degree in Human Bioscience, topping up to a full BSc (Hons).  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.

In this one-year programme, you will revisit genetic research, looking at how cell signalling affects us and potentially triggers certain diseases as well as examining the latest biotechnologies that are transforming the way we analyse, diagnose and respond to issues affecting the human body.

There are modules on drugs and disease and also on the research being carried out in the world of chronic diseases from which a significant proportion of the population suffer. 

Finally, you will be invited to submit a dissertation on a topic within the curriculum that interests you. You will undertake independent research, review existing academic literature on the subject and formulate an argument which you will present in written format to the highest academic standards.

  • Course code ES1HE11
  • UCAS code 8D27
  • Duration 1 Year
  • Day/s of week Monday and Tuesday
  • Time 09:45 - 15:45

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
1 Year
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What Uni Reviews

Good and comfortable with lots of help available and lots of facilities to help with learning. The teachers are very helpful and give you time to increase your skills. *****
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Loved it! *****
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Student case study - Abigail Ansell

What have been the benefits of studying here?
The tutors and the facilities are incredible. The equipment is exactly like you would use in industry so it's a great introduction to lab work before you actually get into the workplace.

What are you hoping to do in the future?
I'm really interested in finding a position in lab work probably in a hospital setting. Pathology would definitely be one option as would haematology. Eventually, I'd like to head up a laboratory.

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Our students have secured exciting career opportunities with employers such as the NHS, as well as within areas such as science teaching. A BSc (Hons) degree opens up opportunities in areas like scientific research, working in the pharmaceutical industries for example or in science journalism or other forms of science communications.

Alternatively, there are plenty of options to pursue higher qualifications studying for Masters or Doctoral degrees many of which are sponsored by companies which will benefit from their research findings.

Key information

Entry Requirements

Only applicants that have successfully completed the Foundation Degree pathway in Applied Science, validated by Lancaster University, with Blackpool and The Fylde College are eligible to apply to this course.

Qualification obtained

BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences

Fees and funding

Please visit our finance page for more information on tuition fees and available financial support.

Extra costs and equipment

You will not be required to purchase any additional equipment to undertake this programme as the college has resources available to students. However, there may be some opportunities that will not be a requirement of the programme but will be available to students at an additional cost.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institute: N/A

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

There are no placements required or trips planned yet as part of this Level 6 programme.

  • Modules at level 6

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Cell Signalling ES6MD023 20 No
    Biotechnology for Health ES6MD024 20 No
    Drugs and Disease ES6MD025 20 No
    Research in Chronic Disease ES6MD026 20 No
    Dissertation ES6MD027 40 No

Study Support - at a glance

  • Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs)
  • One-to-one and group study support sessions
  • Pre-degree preparation workshops
  • IT Support

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

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How will I learn?

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.

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.

Learning Methods

Learning Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Scheduled 0 0 360
Independent 0 0 840
Placement 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1200
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How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 0% 0% 68%
Exam 0% 0% 25%
Practical 0% 0% 7%