Human Biosciences - Foundation Degree

Course Code: ES1HE01
UCAS Code: 2G18

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Start DateLocationDuration
09/09/2019University Centre2 YearsApply

Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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 BiologyES4MD00120Mandatory
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1ES4MD00220Mandatory
Introduction ChemistryES4MD00420Mandatory
Laboratory SkillsES4MD00520Mandatory
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2ES4MD00620Mandatory
Academic and Digital Literacy ScienceES4MD02020Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Intro to Human Health and DiseaseES5MD00220Mandatory
Work Based Placement LearningES5MD00320Mandatory
Medical MicrobiologyES5MD00520Mandatory
Infectious Diseases Human Immune SystemES5MD00620Mandatory

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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