FdSc Biosciences Level 5
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.
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.
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 as part of the accreditation you will be required to gain 80 hours of biosciences industry-related work experience with an employer in South Devon. You will be well supported in finding an appropriate employer to work with. 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.
- We consider a variety of qualifications and relevant experience, and each application is assessed on its own merit.
Year 1 modules:
Laboratory techniques - 20 credits
Cell biology - 20 credits
Biochemistry toolkit - 20 credits
Microbiology - 20 credits
Genetics, genetic analysis and evolution - 20 credits
Professional practice (including work experience) - 20 credits
Year 2 modules:
Cells and adaptations - 20 credits
Molecular genetics, biotechnology and cancer - 20 credits
Biodiversity and speciation - 20 credits
Human physiology - 20 credits
Immunity - 20 credits
Research Project - 20 credits
Work experience (80 hours) - 0 credits
I progressed from Level 3 Adventure Sports at South Devon College through to the Adventure Leadership foundation degree at University Centre South Devon. I had a very large interest in the outdoors before starting college, and when seeing the course that was available, I felt like it was a great opportunity to study something I enjoy and I’m passionate about, whilst still learning. The high practical content of the course was also a big deciding factor. There were also many trips, expeditions and adventurous activities to take part in as part of the course. I have made many friends and the employment opportunities that I have been able to access has allowed me to put all of my training into practice.Olivia Harrison