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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Science in Applied and Medical Sciences

The Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences aims to ensure that the evolving needs of the science sector are met, including laboratory based training, theoretical knowledge and e-learning.

32 to 34 Weeks
Level 5
Full-Time Study

Campus: Bangor

Course Code: 72481

Duration: 32 to 34 Weeks

Level: 5

Type: Full-Time

Course Structure

The Foundation Degree is made up of 14 units in total; 8 units will be covered in Year 1 with a further 6 units in Year 2 combine to qualify as a Foundation Degree. 

Modules will include:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Biology and Disease
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Communications and IT
  • Maths and Statistics for Bioscience
  • Introduction to Laboratory Practice
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry and Human Nutrition
  • Work Based Learning I & II
  • Professional Practice in the Laboratory
  • Laboratory Skills and Safety


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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

19 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Work placement – Year Two

5 days per week for 5 weeks in both semesters.  

Entry Requirements

GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C

Other GCSE

  • A total of 4 passes at Grade C or above


A minimum of 48 UCAS points including:

  • A Level preferably in an appropriate subject (e.g. Chemistry or Biology) OR
  • Level 3 National Diploma in an appropriate subject e.g. Science

Access Diploma

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 60%-65% with at least two science modules at a minimum of  60%

International Requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; (minimum of 5.5 in reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking)
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Grade C, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).


Successful completion of the admissions process


Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework,project based learning, presentations, practical tasks, posters, leaflets, role-play, work based learning reports and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.


Where will it take me?

The Foundation Degree prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant degree programmes.  Upon completion of this programme, you may be able to progress into the second year of existing Honours Degree programme at Ulster University based on the 2+2 model (2 years with us followed by 2 years at Ulster University).  Degrees you can progress to include Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Food Nutrition.  The following Degree may be entered at year one; Optometry, Stratified Medicine and Dietetics.  You may also pursue similar degrees at other universities, or begin to explore employment opportunities in this field. This course will grant you the status of Ulster University Associate Student.

You may progress to employment in industrial laboratory work.  

How will it make me more employable?

Students must undertake a 10-week placement within the science industry to assist in developing real-life experience and practical skills that employers want.

You will learn transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving, leadership and critical thinking which will help you to apply to relevant jobs within the science industry.  The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace.

It is the responsibility of the student to find a placement, but will be arranged in conjunction with support from a work placement teacher.

Additional Costs
Occasionally a small transport cost (approx. £5.00-10.00) may be incurred for class visits to W5, Queen's University Belfast or Ulster University.
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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.  *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
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