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University Centre Peterborough BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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course overview

There is a high demand for fully trained and skilled professionals within STEM sector and especially scientific and technological roles. There are nearly 6,000 jobs in Peterborough alone, which is part of a large cluster of life science employers throughout Cambridgeshire.

You will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of key biological processes and principles, together with the technical and scientific skills you will need to acquire, interpret and analyse data in health or laboratory settings

We will introduce you to the specific techniques and applications used in a broad range of sectors, including pathology, biomedicine, toxicology and forensics, as well as environmental settings such as pollution monitoring and control.

We will also give you a thorough introduction to the bioscience sector and how it operates through work-based learning. This will give you a strong set of work-based skills, including the ability to confidently select and apply various techniques to specific scientific requirements.

The course has close links with Peterborough City Hospital and the modules were created in consultation with employers to give students the skills required for the workplace. Hinchingbrooke, Papworth and Addenbrookes hospitals are also close by with graduates having secured jobs and work placements in a variety of roles.

When you graduate you will be able to design, plan, safely conduct, record and report on investigations using primary or secondary data. You will be able to obtain, record, collate, evaluate and analyse data using appropriate techniques in the field and/or laboratory, working individually or in a team. You will also understand sample selection, along with how to record and analyse data.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must meet the following entry requirements:

64 UCAS points with at least one qualification in a science related subject:

A-levels (DDE or CC)
BTEC (MPP)
Cambridge Technicals (MPP)
Access to HE (45 credits)
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

Maths and Data Analytics for Biological Sciences (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Cell Biology (15 credits)
Genetics and Evolution (15 credits)
Principles for Biological Sciences (30 credits)
Introduction to Microbiology (15 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry (15 credits)


Final year for full-time students (Level 5)

The Bioscience Work Sector (15 credits)
Genetics and Bioinformatics (15 credits)
Practice in Pathology (15 credits)
Laboratory Techniques for Biological Sciences (30 credits)
Principles of Immunology (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Work Placements and Learning (15 credits)


A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

50% Lectures
20% Seminars
30% Workshops


Final year for full-time students (Level 5)

50% Lectures
25% Seminars
25% Workshops
There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open until 9pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

40% Coursework
60% Written Exams

Final year for full-time students (Level 5)

30% Coursework
60% Written Exams
10% Placement
We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback. End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5. The following classifications are determined by the above calculation:

70%+ Distinction
60-69% Merit
40-59% Pass
0-39% Fail

A Biological Sciences student who has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 has three options.

They may choose to accept their foundation degree, with the classification calculated as described above, and cease their studies.
Alternatively they may choose to apply for the level 6 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences course as a new student in order to achieve a second qualification based solely on their level 6 credits.
A third option allows students to decline conferment of their FdA qualification and continue as an existing student so that both level 5 and level 6 credits are used in the calculation of their BSc (Hons) award. Guidance will be provided to students making this decision.

Visit our published documents and policies page for The Open University regulations.

In the Work Placements and Learning module in the final year, all students will have the opportunity to work with an employer on a project – this may take place inside or outside of the placement workplace.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience in addition to their work placement to aid their career development.

Karen Hancock

“I am the Course Leader for the FdSc and BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences degrees at University Centre Peterborough.

I have had a lifelong interest in biology and have always been fascinated by all things living and the intricate processes that make life possible.

I have been teaching for 7 years starting my teaching career as a secondary school Biology teacher. Over this time, I have taught across a range of courses within the sciences.

Since 2020, I have been teaching on the higher education provision and have been developing the Biological Sciences program. I teach across all levels of the degree and I also still teach on some of the science-based modules on the Forensic Investigation degree pathway as well.

My wide teaching experience has allowed me to develop a pedagogic style of enabler working with students to allow them to thrive and trust in their own ability.

Before my teaching career I worked within the health care sector. This career fuels my key interests which lie within public health and infectious disease.”

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Bioscience, Anglia Ruskin University
Cert PG Education: Teaching and Learning
Qualified teacher status (QTS)

After successful completion of the FdSc Levels 4 and 5, you have the opportunity to complete the Level 6 of the BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences course to obtain a full honours degree with a further year of study.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Scientific Laboratory Technician
Research Technician
Technical Officer
Trainee Biomedical Officer
Research Assistant in Life Sciences
Secondary School Science Technician
Careers in Health Services
Careers in Biology and Ecology

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Full-time 3 years (2-3 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

In this prospectus we will give you clear and accurate information so you can make the best choice for a successful future

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