Please note: This course is not recruiting for September 2020.

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course will prepare you for working in a scientific environment be it a Biological, Biochemical, Chemical or Forensic environment. The course will give you sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to be attractive to employers at the end of the two years study, although an additional third year onto a top-up course to achieve a full BSc degree would place all the knowledge gained and skills developed to good use in the scientific field.

Year one of the FdSc in Applied Science lays the foundation for the units encountered in year two and potentially year three.  The number of students in any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. You will need to research current topics in your area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help you understand how best to achieve this.

There is no work placement requirement but in your second year, a Work Related Project may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation, applying your knowledge gained to a real-world issue linked to your area of interest within the programme.

Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge which would benefit any employer in the forensic or scientific field.

Applicants who do not have sufficient experience or formal qualifications may be eligible to attend the Foundation Year of their chosen Foundation Degree provided they meet the minimum entry

FdSc Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
2 years Duration
F100 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

For 2021 entry: 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A-level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma.

GCSEs: Additionally, candidates will normally be expected to present passes at Grade C or above in at least three other subjects (Double or Triple Science) at GCSE level or equivalent; passes at Grade C and above in English and Mathematics will be normally expected.

Learning through experience demonstrated in portfolios or records of achievement and / or by specific learning tasks set at interview and confirmed by employer reference(s).

A combination of academic and experiential learning to be considered on its individual merits.

Applicants are required to demonstrate a set of basic skills required to fulfil the demands of the programme:

  • An ability to express themselves in written English.
  • Basic numerical skills.
  • A basic understanding of science.

These skills should be demonstrated at levels equivalent to GCSE grades A - C. To this end, applicants may offer:

  • GCSE, GCE or CSE results.

And / Or

  • Results of appropriate BTEC or Access programmes to science courses.

And / Or

  • An accredited record of using these skills in employment.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application. 

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