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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited foundation degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

This foundation degree is the perfect preparation for a career in the rapidly evolving and expanding life sciences sector, which continues to be a growth area in both the UK and the EU. As the Government continues to invest in this sector, intending the UK to become a global hub for life sciences, there have never been more opportunities for graduates in this field to excel.

You will receive dedicated support from our experienced teaching team, and be working in our finest laboratories. The course considers both the theory and practice linked to a range of study and job areas in the biosciences sector, preparing you either for further specialist study or progression into employment upon completion. The curriculum has been designed to develop you into a well-rounded and skilled practitioner, focusing not just on the theoretical knowledge you will require, but also necessary skills such as laboratory management and health and safety.

The course has a strong focus on employability, and you will be encouraged and supported in gaining work experience with an employer in South Devon. During this time you may support day-to-day operations, or be involved in project work. This experience will help you identify the area of biosciences that interests you most, develop your practical, research and communication skills, and also increase your employability by securing a vocational reference and building strong links in the local industry.

Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) develops the underpinning knowledge and principles associated with the core concepts of biology including cell biology, microbiology, genetics, evolution and biochemistry as well as a strong focus on the development of your practical laboratory skills.

Level 5 (Year 2 for full-time students) introduces new topics such as immunology and human physiology whilst further deepening your understanding of cells and their adaptations, molecular genetics and biotechnology and evolution and biodiversity. Your researching, practical and analytical skills will also be developed by carrying out a research project.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

Course details
Entry Requirements
What will I learn?

Ucas Code: C900

Award: FdSc awarded by University of Plymouth

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this foundation degree you may progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Biosciences degree or the second year of the 3-year BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences degrees at University of Plymouth. You could also apply to other relevant biological degrees, or degrees at other institutions. Some of our past students have gone on to study PhDs across the country. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you will be able to immediately enter employment in the growing biosciences sector. Government investment in industry means that employment opportunities continue to grow, with skilled graduates in high demand. Areas targeted for development include medical genetics, genomics, proteomics, cell therapy, biopharmaceuticals and many more. Opportunities in more traditional disciplines also continue to grow, with positions available in fields such as haematology, histology, microbiology and toxicology, which could see you working in hospital and veterinary laboratories. You could also find employment in nutrition and food production, environmental monitoring or even Government research.

Potential Job Roles

"Whilst studying the FdSc Biosciences degree I gained a huge array of skills, including lab techniques, and study and research skills, as well as the skills necessary to review scientific papers efficiently.  I was also able to fit managing my online business around my studies, which was really important to me."Roxanne Dunbar

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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