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Applied Science (Biotechnology) - Foundation Degree*

Summary

Tailored for those with a passion for life sciences, this program offers a comprehensive exploration of the biological world. Dive into the intricacies of molecular biology, genetics, and ecological systems. Through a blend of theoretical insights and hands-on laboratory experiences, you'll develop a profound understanding of living organisms.

Our program is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for a variety of roles in the bioscience industry, and has been co-created with a range of key players in the sector. The NHS, NationWide Laboratories, DePuy Synthes, Natures Aid and many others have designed the programme to be able to recruit directly from, whilst providing extensive enhancement to the learning experience with real-world problems, specific investigative techniques and visits.

*Subject to validation. For more information, please see our Subject to Validation, Revalidation & Approval page

  • Course code SS1HE03
  • UCAS code C910
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Day/s of week Tuesday
  • Time 09:00 - 16:00

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
2 Years
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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Upon successful completion of the Applied Science (Biotechnology) programme at Blackpool and the Fylde College, you are ready for a huge range of careers.

Graduates are well-positioned for roles in bioscience and biotechnology, quality control, and analytical laboratories. The programme's emphasis on practical skills ensures proficiency in using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Additionally, pathways extend to further academic pursuits, including bachelor's and master's degrees in biotechnology, bioscience, life science or other related fields.

With a solid foundation in both theoretical principles and hands-on experimentation, our graduates are equipped to contribute to scientific advancements and innovation. Explore the diverse world of biotechnology careers and chart a path towards a fulfilling and impactful professional journey.

Next steps at B&FC

Other courses to study at B&FC:

Upon successful completion of the Applied Science (Analytical Science) program at Blackpool and the Fylde College, you are ready for a huge range of careers.

Graduates are well-positioned for roles in chemical research and development, quality control, and analytical laboratories. The program's emphasis on practical skills ensures proficiency in using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.

Other study options

 

 

Employment Opportunities

Biosciences graduates could go on to work in diagnostic and pathology laboratories or work in areas such as toxicology. Others may develop careers in the pharmaceutical industry. 

All programmes could lead on to postgraduate study. 

 

Key information

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in relevant discipline or subject area.

BB from at least one of the following A levels - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography or Environmental Science.

MMP from Extended Diploma or DM from Diploma in appropriate discipline such as Applied Science, Animal Management.

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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level.

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

Adult Applicants from B&FC L3 courses may experience different entry requirements due to the matched content that they study, linked to progression on to this programme.

Entry Requirements (Non-traditional entry route)

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

Qualification obtained

Applied Science (Biotechnology) - Foundation Degree*

Fees and funding

Please visit our Financial Support page for more information about fees, funding and eligibility.

Extra costs and equipment

Whilst we cover most of the essentials, some trips may incur extra cost to facilitate and students may wish to purchase weather appropriate clothing.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Dive into the intricacies of molecular biology, genetics, and ecological systems. Through a blend of theoretical insights and hands-on laboratory experiences, you'll develop a profound understanding of living organisms.

Essential skills: English and Maths

Mathematics and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above.

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

You will be encouraged to secure a work placement as part of this programme, forming an assessed module in Level 5. This opportunity is wide ranging and heavily supported by our industry partners, giving students a rich experience of what it is like to have a scientific career whilst they are studying.

We provide a range of field trips as part of this programme, including data collection, surveying and also visits designed to enhance the learning experience.

  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Essential Bioscience SS4MD001 20 No
    Scientific Research Skills SS4MD002 20 No
    Essential Chemistry SS4MD003 20 No
    Project SS4MD004 20 No
    Regulation in the Science Sector SS4MD005 20 No
    Laboratory and Field Skills SS4MD006 20 No
  • Modules at level 5

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Specialist Scientific Techniques SS5MD001 20 No
    Microbiology Techniques SS5MD002 20 No
    Analysis of Scientific Data SS5MD003 20 No
    Molecular Techniques SS5MD004 20 No
    Advanced Project SS5MD005 20 No
    Work Based Learning SS5MD006 20 No

How will I learn?

You will undertaking your theory training in our well-equipped classrooms before moving to our training labs to hone your practical skills. All practical sessions will take place under the watchful eye of our industry-expert tutor, who will provide ongoing feedback on your choice of methods and techniques.

Science at Blackpool and the Fylde College, embraces a forward-thinking approach to education, and our Flipped Learning model stands at the forefront of innovation. This dynamic method redefines traditional teaching by blending on-site and remote learning experiences. Students have the flexibility to access online, recorded presentations at their convenience, engaging with customised resources, reading lists and research tasks about the lesson content before attending college and focusing on the practical application of this content. You are choose your learning pace and time.

On-site sessions provide a unique space for practical skill development, utilising cutting-edge equipment and expert guidance from our dedicated team. These face-to-face sessions are carefully designed to reinforce the remote learning content. During on-site sessions, students participate in brief recaps to solidify their understanding before embarking on detailed practical investigations, including a significant number designed in partnership with local, national and international companies at the forefront of their fields. This hands-on approach ensures that theoretical knowledge seamlessly integrates with practical skills, creating a holistic learning experience.

Our commitment to the student experience reflects our dedication to empowering students to take charge of their education. By strategically blending on-site and remote elements, we provide a flexible, tailored, and immersive learning journey that caters to individual needs and maximises the use of our state-of-the-art facilities.

Expert tutors

Our commitment to the student experience reflects our dedication to empowering students to take charge of their education. By strategically blending on-site and remote elements, we provide a flexible, tailored, and immersive learning journey that caters to individual needs and maximises the use of our state-of-the-art facilities.

Learning Methods

Learning Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Scheduled 540 540 0
Independent 660 660 0
Placement 0 0 0
Total 1200 1200 0

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 55% 64% 0%
Exam 0% 0% 0%
Practical 0% 0% 0%
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