Course Overview

This Biosciences 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.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Foundation Degree
Awarded by
University of Plymouth
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2022 - June 2024 (full-time) September 2022 - June 2025 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2022-23 are:

BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)

Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)

Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2022, please contact the team on [email protected]

(Please note, some fees may differ depending on programme)

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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
Roxanne Dunbar