Please note: This course is not recruiting for September 2021.

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.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the FdSc, you can opt to take a foundation year before progressing on to the FdSc Applied Science. 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 the second year of the FdSc, 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 September 2022 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.

Other useful information

AccessBU: AccessBU provides you with the opportunity to tell us about your circumstances that are not always evident in your UCAS application. This widening access initiative also considers relevant criteria such as being in care or if you live in an area with a low participation rate in Higher Education - if you are eligible, your offer could be up to 16 UCAS tariff points below the published tariff.

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

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, please submit your deferral request through our website.

Direct entry: We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at degree level at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. Please visit our RPL webpage for more information.

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 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.

T Levels: We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable).

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