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FdSc Bioscience - Part-Time

Our FdSc in Biocience course is for people looking to work in the science industry or wanting to progress to a teaching or lecturing career. Similar to all higher level courses at UcWA, the Foundation degree is module based.

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  • Course Description

    It aims to support students to acquire and demonstrate core knowledge and understanding of the scientific disciplines of bioscience and to acquire and apply skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application in the context of bioscience.

    You will learn through practical examples, demonstrations and active practice in workshop situations, classes, laboratory experimentation, work placements and fieldwork. Work placement experiences can either be with a student's existing employer or with an organisation participating in the programme.

    Other skills such as English, maths and IT are developed throughout the course, for example the Biomeasurement module develops maths and IT skills.

    Course aims

    • To acquire and demonstrate core knowledge and understanding of the scientific disciplines of bioscience and sufficient knowledge in related fields, as appropriate.
    • To acquire and apply skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application in the context of bioscience.
    • To appreciate the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of bioscience.
    • To develop a range of transferable skills (oral communication, writing, numerical and computational) relevant to a wider range of graduate employment opportunities
    • To provide a knowledge and skills base to develop a career in bioscience
    • To develop the student as an independent learner and reflexive practitioner
    • To acquire an awareness of the wider social, economic and ethical aspects of science
    • To meet local and national needs of employers by providing graduates for employment and by providing professional development opportunities for employees through part-time study
    • To improve the employability of graduates through work placement experiences in institutions such as the pharmaceutical industry, scientific suppliers and selected roles in hospitals.


    All of the following modules are currently subject to change.

    Year 1 & 2

    Module name Credits
    Core Biology 1 15
    Core Biology 2 15
    Foundation of Cell Biology 15
    Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 15
    Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 15
    Maths for Sciences 15
    General Microbiology 15
    Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 15

    Year 3 & 4

    Module name Credits
    Diagnostic Techniques in Pathology 15
    Principles of Genetics 15
    Laboratory Techniques for Biomedical Science 30
    Research Skills 15
    Principles of Pathology 15
    Understanding the Work Sector 15
    Work-based Learning 15
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 64 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification e.g. extended diploma (MPP) or successful complete of an Access to Science and Nursing course
    • GCSE English, Maths and Science at 4 (Grade C) or above (or equivalent).

    Mature students without the above may be considered depending on relevant experience and aptitude.

    International (EEA) applicants:

    International applicants from the European Economic Area (EEA) may be asked to complete IELTS and achieve a level 7 if there are significant doubts about an applicant's level to communicate. A NARIC statement of comparability will be required to translate grades into their UK equivalents

  • Course Fees

    Fee information

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  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    FdSc Bioscience

    How is my course assessed?

    Students are introduced to a range of different forms of assessment and will be in accordance with the learning outcomes and will be both formative (e.g. computer based exercises, non-assessed presentations, class exercises etc) and summative (e.g. unseen and seen examinations, computer-based assessments, essays, practical/field reports, assessed seminar presentations, review and assessment of scientific papers, laboratory skills, project report, work placement report etc). Although employer input is crucial to the success of work-based learning they are not involved directly in the assessment process.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 4 years

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Lexy Marchant

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Lexy chose to study at CWA for its great facilities and its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She is currently studying Biomedical Science at university.

"Going to CWA opened the door to university for me. I worked really hard to achieve what I wanted and if it wasn’t for my amazing tutors, I wouldn’t be at uni today, doing the subject I love. I learnt a lot more about microbiology than a lot of people at 6th form and then when I got to uni, I realised I knew a lot more than most undergraduates.

Lexy added, "CWA has helped me realise my potential. It made me reach for goals higher than I ever thought I was capable of. It solidified my love for science, something that I will always have with me and this has opened many doors and given me a breadth of skills I can use in any setting."

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