FdSc Biosciences

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 4 Applied Science

Set in central Cornwall in our Camborne campus students will have the opportunity to study in well-equipped laboratories using industry-standard kit.

Theory and practical is heavily tailored to industry resulting in very employable graduates capable of independently working in laboratories. Theory, practical and transferable skills are integrated through 12 modules blending knowledge, application and development so subjects are easily contextualised.

The biology and chemistry themes will enable students to work in a range of laboratory settings, thus widening employment opportunities. The work based learning aspect ensures that students reflect and contextualise, reviewing current practices and carrying out root cause analysis to aid continuous improvement.

The range of assessments will offer students the chance to build a portfolio of experiences including experimental design, data collection, analysis and reporting, communication techniques, and industry specific skills such as quality assurance.

The course has been developed with employers to meet their needs in graduates but with a student-centred approach. Cohorts are limited so ensure students have an optimal experience in the classrooms and laboratories.

This is the only course of its kind in Cornwall. Modules are taught through a range of styles including lectures, workshops, visits, guest lectures, practical’s and seminars, this keeps the experience fresh, interesting, and challenging.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff: 48 points

A level: 48 UCAS tariff points to include at least 32 points from A2 level in appropriate subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016): PPP In an appropriate subject.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at level 3 in an appropriate subject.

Scottish Higher: 48 UCAS tariff points to include at least 32 points from Scottish Advanced Highers.

GCSE/National 4/National 5: GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or grade 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: 24 points

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017): 48 tariff points to include at least 32 points from Higher subjects.

Other combinations of qualifications will be considered and mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated entry qualifications will be considered individually at interview.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award

The Cornwall College Group delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

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Year One Indicative Modules:

  • Cell Biology (20 credits)
  • Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Introductory Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits)
  • Molecular and Clinical Genetics (20 credits)
  • Key Professional Skills (20 credits).

Year Two Indicative Modules:

Year 2 Core Modules:

  • Microbiology (20 credits)
  • Bioinformatics (20 credits)
  • Disease & Immune Response (20 credits)
  • Biosciences in Practice (20 credits)
  • Individual Research Project (20 credits)

Year 2 Optional Modules:

  • Pharmacology (20 credits)
  • Environmental Chemistry (20 credits).

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Biosciences

Start Date

September 2020




2 Years

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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