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BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Scientific Laboratory Technician
Research Technician
Technical Officer
Trainee Biomedical Officer
Research Assistant in Life Sciences
Secondary School Science Technician
Careers in Health Services
Careers in Biology and Ecology

Who is it for?

There is a high demand for fully trained and skilled professionals within STEM sector and especially scientific and technological roles. There are nearly 6,000 jobs in Peterborough alone, which is part of a large cluster of life science employers throughout Cambridgeshire.

You will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of key biological processes and principles, together with the technical and scientific skills you will need to acquire, interpret and analyse data in health or laboratory settings

We will introduce you to the specific techniques and applications used in a broad range of sectors, including pathology, biomedicine, toxicology and forensics, as well as environmental settings such as pollution monitoring and control.

We will also give you a thorough introduction to the bioscience sector and how it operates through work-based learning. This will give you a strong set of work-based skills, including the ability to confidently select and apply various techniques to specific scientific requirements.

The course has close links with Peterborough City Hospital and the modules were created in consultation with employers to give students the skills required for the workplace. Hinchingbrooke, Papworth and Addenbrookes hospitals are also close by with graduates having secured jobs and work placements in a variety of roles.

When you graduate you will be able to design, plan, safely conduct, record and report on investigations using primary or secondary data. You will be able to obtain, record, collate, evaluate and analyse data using appropriate techniques in the field and/or laboratory, working individually or in a team. You will also understand sample selection, along with how to record and analyse data.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

Maths and Data Analytics for Biological Sciences (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Cell Biology (15 credits)
Genetics and Evolution (15 credits)
Principles for Biological Sciences (30 credits)
Introduction to Microbiology (15 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry (15 credits)

The Bioscience Work Sector (15 credits)
Genetics and Bioinformatics (15 credits)
Practice in Pathology (15 credits)
Laboratory Techniques for Biological Sciences (30 credits)
Principles of Immunology (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Work Placements and Learning (15 credits)

Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
Molecular Biology of Cells (15 credits)
Special Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology (15 credits)
Advanced Immunology and Pathology (15 credits)
Special Topics for Biological Scientists (15 credits)
Medical Genetics (15 credits)
Current Developments in Biological Sciences (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

72 UCAS Points from a related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

Course information
Start Date
The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2-3 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)


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