FdSc Bioscience

Course Overview

The main aims of this foundation degree are to provide you with a high level of knowledge and understanding of the core biological processes and principles as applied to bioscience. This course will also equip you with the skills that enable you to acquire, interpret and analyse relevant scientific information with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use.

Core to this foundation degree is the development of your understanding of the industry applications of bioscience and the development of work based practical skills and knowledge to underpin your academic studies. With this philosophy in mind the FdSc  Bioscience has been designed to deliver an academic qualification that will fully prepare you for employment in today's diverse bioscience industry.

Upon completion of this foundation degree, to a minimum grade of 50%, you will be eligible to transfer onto our BSc (Hons) Bioscience to top-up to a full degree.

Key Facts

Science & Technology
University Centre Peterborough
2 years Full-time, 4 years Part-time
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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FdSc Bioscience

When you graduate you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate core knowledge and understanding of the scientific disciplines of bioscience and sufficient knowledge in related fields.
  • Apply skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application in the context of bioscience.
  • Appreciate the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of bioscience.


This programme has been designed to meet the current and future needs of the industry within the Eastern Region and the UK, a leader in Bioscience technologies.

On a more practical level, you will be able to:

  • Design, plan, conduct, record and report on investigations, which may involve primary or secondary data, and will comply with safe practices.
  • Obtain, record, collate, evaluate and analyse data using appropriate techniques in the field and/or laboratory, working individually or in a group.
  • Understand sample selection; recording and analysing data

Modules guide

Year 1 core modules

  • Bio-measurement
  • Core Biology
  • Foundations of Cell Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Understanding the Work Sector
  • Microbiology

Year 2 core modules

  • Diagnostic Techniques in Pathology
  • Metabolism and its Control
  • Laboratory Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Principles of Pathology
  • Preparation for Research
  • Work based learning 


You will be assessed via a variety of methods designed to embed transferable employability skills into the course. These methods will include:

  • Written examinations
  • Essays and portfolios of work
  • Work produced from and as a consequence of practical classes
  • Student presentations (oral)
  • Poster presentations

Associated careers

This FdSc will lead naturally to careers in the health services or in laboratory science, including pathology, toxicology and forensics, as well as more environmental careers such as pollution monitoring and control. If a top-up year is taken and you continue on to complete the full degree, a range of specialisms is possible including biomedicine, disease control, zoology and science teaching.

Entry Requirements

Required subjects:
2 A levels in related subjects (i.e. biology and preferably with chemistry in addition) or equivalent BTEC qualification

GCSEs required:
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. Students who do not qualify by any of these routes are invited to contact us to discuss admission based on previous qualifications and experience.

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