Below are the sessions that are available for this course.
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 20
Total Hours: 600
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator: Tom.Corr@swc.ac.uk
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The course is designed prepare you for a variety of careers across the Applied and Medical Sciences industries, through gaining the required knowledge. It will provide you with specific practical, professional and transferable skills in analysis, organisation, design, teamwork and communication. The course aims to prepare you to seek to apply to progress onto identified Honours degree programmes or to directly enter employment within the diverse science sector.
This Foundation Degree covers analytical and biomedical sciences with an emphasis on practical and experimental skills. Graduates of this programme will be well placed to gain employment in analytical laboratories and in biomedical sectors or to continue their studies in associated subjects.
Terms & Conditions
Students are required to
Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: www.swc.ac.uk and on the College VLE).
Submit all course work and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted. Students should comply with South West College’s attendance policy and that of Ulster University
The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules
Students will have an opportunity to develop a sound theoretical knowledge of the underlying scientific and mathematical principles along with key laboratory skills and investigative techniques which are relevant to the applied and medical sciences.
Students will learn to apply these skills and knowledge to safely conduct investigations and experimental work in order to analyse, interpret and evaluate information, concepts and ideas. They will also use these investigative skills to propose solutions to problems, suggest improvements and identify opportunities.
Course Modules Year 1:
• Intro to Biology & Chemistry for Bioscience
• Intro to Lab Practice for A&MS
• Scientific Comm, Math & Stats
• Human Physiology and Anatomy
• Chemistry & Pharmacology
• Prof Practice in the Lab
Course Modules Year 2:
• Cell Biology
• Biochemistry & Human Nutrition
• Work Based Learning 1
• Evidence Based Professional Practice
• Laboratory Skills and Safety
• Work Based Learning 2
All modules are mandatory.
Assessment will be carried out through a variety of means including coursework, practical assessments, short class tests and end of module examinations, throughout the duration of the course. There are also two mandatory Work Based Learning modules, totalling 40 Credits which students are responsible for securing and must be approved by the college.
On successful completion of this course, several progression opportunity exists. Learners can apply to Ulster University to seek admission to a full or part-time degree, such as:
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
BSc (Hons) Biology
BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
Successful applicants can normally progress onto the second year of these programmes. There is also a Distance Learning degree BSc (Hons) Applied Biosciences (Healthcare Sciences), where successful applicants can progress onto the final year.
In all cases applicants must meet Ulster University module requirements and further information will be provided regarding these.
1. Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and Mathematics (GCSE grade C or equivalent – Level 2 Essential Skills NOT accepted); and
2. Have attained passes in four different subjects, of which one should be at GCE A level or equivalent and three at GCSE Level (Grades A, B or C) and/or AS Level, or alternative approved qualifications; and
3. Have a minimum of 48 UCAS points
demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) process.
In the event of over-subscription, entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to South West College’s general entry requirements.
International Student Entry Requirements
International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.