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Biological Sciences Foundation Degree (Sept '17)

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Course code: C110

Course category: Higher Education

End Qualification: Foundation Degree (FdSc)

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by City College Brighton and Hove

Days of the week: TBC

Course duration: 2 years

Course aims:
The Biological Sciences degree promotes widening participation in HE through flexible entry criteria, in particular the valuation of prior experiential learning. The course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of scientific methods by combining practical skills and techniques with academic theory, within an employment context.

There is a focus on upskilling students in practical aspects of biology as well as problem solving in addition to gaining a good grounding in the theoretical aspects of a wide range of topics.

During the degree students will:

Undertake scientific investigations and analyse data from these
Develop their problem solving abilities
Expand their understanding of biological concepts
Develop the full range of communication skills and other transferable skills to support future employment

Course content:
This course combines compulsory and optional modules to provide students with a core curriculum that is tailored to suit their interests.


Cell Biology & Genetics
Human Physiology
Fundamental Biological Chemistry
Scientific Skills, Techniques & Statistics

Genetic Engineering
Independent Study
Ecological Processes
Introduction to Pharmacology


Protein Technology
Analytical Aspects of Microbial Biotechnology
Work Placement
Biology Project
Integrated Physiology of Human Systems

Biochemistry of Gene Expression
Independent Study
Plant Technologies
Biology of Cancer
Public Health & Infectious Diseases
South Africa Trip

Facilities for students:
Students will benefit from facilities consisting of a variety of laboratories, including a category II Microbiology laboratory, with a range of specialist equipment. ICT provisions are available in all laboratories and these are equipped with interactive e-learning packages.

Higher Education Student Social and Study space, with individual and group workstations, large display screens iPads and kitchen facilities.

The foundation degree is staffed by experienced and enthusiastic tutors who are subject specialists.

Assessment: A wide range of assessment strategies are used in order to support all students. These will include end of year examinations and coursework that includes the following: short essays, presentations, practical reports, short answer questions, research based project, work placement.

Entry Requirements:
UCAS tariff: 48 UCAS points
A levels: To include E in A2 Biology
QAA Approved Access Course: 45 level 3 passes
GCSE (minimum grade C or 4/5): Science, Maths and English language
A proven ability in spoken and written English. IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required for all the sub-skills elements, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and an equivalent overseas qualification.

For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Pre-entry preparation:
Please bring to interview examples of projects or coursework completed.

Progression and links:
All higher education courses at City College Brighton and Hove focus on improving the employment prospects of graduates. Curriculum content is designed to cover the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Learning and teaching strategies reflect the workplace. External examiners have consistently commended the College on how it prepares students for work, with commendations for its highly effective teaching and learning strategies to develop students’ employability.

Additionally, students completing the degree with high grades may be eligible to progress directly into the 3rd year of BSc Biological Sciences and BSc Biomedical Sciences at the University of Brighton. Graduates may also be eligible to enter specialised degree courses at other universities.

Work experience opportunities:
Students undertake 120 hours of work experience in the year two Work Placement module. This module requires students to apply for their placement position and engage with a working routine within a placement that is linked to their degree content. This opportunity to ‘try out’ a career option is very valuable and students have gained employment directly through this module.

Tuition fees:
Most students will be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England to cover fee costs, so most students are not expected to pay tuition fees upfront. The fees for 2017/18 are £7750 for a Home/EU student and £9250 for an International student.

Although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, it does not form any part of a contract between City College Brighton and Hove and the student. Courses may be subject to change.

Timetables are subject to change and you should check with your tutor prior to enrolment for the details of your timetable.