Biomedical Science FdSc

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, the aim of the programme is to prepare you for work in a scientific environment, such as Biological, Biochemical or Chemical. Although you could enter the world of work with your Foundation Degree, there is the opportunity to top-up your skills and knowledge to a BSc (Bachelor’s degree) after a third year of study.

Year one of the FdSc in Biomedical Science lays the foundation for the units in years two and three.  The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so everyone will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. There’s a module in year one to help you research current topics in your area of study. Although there is no work experience as part of the course, there is a Work Related Project to be completed in year 2 which may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation and apply your knowledge to a live, relevant topic or issue.

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 biomedical science 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
F940 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

For 2020 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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