Biological/Forensic Science BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year – In Partnership with Staffordshire University
What is this course about?
The Science Foundation Year (SFY) gives you the opportunity to enter degree courses in science if your qualifications do not meet normal Level 1 entry requirements. This is a proven route to achievement with a long track record of success. Importantly, the SFY is tailor-made to prepare you for Level 1 of a degree in the biological sciences or forensic science.
It has a modular structure covering the four core components (Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science and Mathematics and Data Handling) ensuring that you have the foundation with subject knowledge and key transferable skills (including communication and IT) required to complete a science degree.
Applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or equivalent, have an IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5) or equivalent and evidence of study or experience at a higher level. We welcome applications from people with a variety of qualifications, skills and experience. We have a flexible approach to our admission of mature applicants and applicants from non-traditional or non-standard academic routes. Applicants are individually assessed and will be made an offer based on their circumstances. Staffordshire University recognises that previous experience gained in work or other areas of life may have prepared mature applicants for a course of study such as this.
How is it taught
The course integrated theory and practice, you will be taught by lecture, laboratory based practical experiments, group work, seminar based work and research. The first year of the course is based at Stoke on Trent College and the subsequent three years are taken at Staffordshire University in Stoke on Trent. Stoke on Trent College’s Science team are based in the new University Science Centre on the University Campus, therefore, you will study in this new, state-of-the-art facility.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by examinations, coursework and class tests, giving you feedback on your progress whilst allowing you to develop the skills required when tackling a variety of assessment types.
What else do I need to know?
During the year you will study the following areas: Mathematics and data handling, Biology, Chemistry and Applied Science. Financial support, including HE Loans may be available towards the cost of this course and other expenses depending upon your personal circumstances. For more information please see http://www.stokecollege.ac.uk/hefinance.
What could I do next?
Once you have successfully completed the Foundation Year you can progress to a BSc (Hons) Degree in Forensic Science or Biological Science.
Biological scientists and biochemists
Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.
- Monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation not performed by jobholders in MINOR GROUP 214: Conservation and Environment Professionals.
- Advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease.
- Observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment.
- Researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms.
- Performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms.
- Identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease.
- Studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms.
23 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||6.47%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||40.5%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||25.19%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||20.74%|
Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.
- Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
- Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained.
- Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work.
- Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs.
- Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.
29 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||13.92%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||33.61%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||13.63%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||2.12%|