Applied Bioscience

SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Scottish Qualifications Authority trading as SQA

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Course summary

Throughout this course you will develop a strong foundation in the biology and biochemistry of animals, plants and microorganisms and skills in the practical and laboratory techniques of importance to the bioscience sector. You will gain knowledge and understanding of livestock breeding and nutrition and an understanding of measures to raise standards of animal welfare and protect against livestock epidemics as well as approaches to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of agricultural systems. You will develop specialist knowledge; understanding and practical skills in animal and plant cell culture, immunotechnology and DNA molecular techniques and learn skills in planning, conducting and reporting on practical biological investigations. You will gain an awareness of the many applications of biological sciences in crop and livestock production and the wider food, land and environmental sector. Upon successful completion of this course students may apply for direct entry into year 3 of the BSc/BSc (Hons) Agricultural Bioscience degree or the BSc/BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science degree.

Course details

Assessment method

Year 1: Modules are assessed independently by a combination of tests, essays, assignments and practical assessments. Typically, 25% of the year 1 assessments are practical assessments. Year 2: Modules are assessed independently by a combination of tests, essays, assignments and practical assessments. For students enrolled on HND Applied Bioscience, , practical assessments will typically comprise 15% of the year 2 assessments.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level DE To include Biology or Chemistry
Scottish Higher CC To include Biology or Chemistry
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H4, H4 To include Biology or Chemistry
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent pass in English (for literacy) and Maths (for numeracy)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Achieving at least 5.0 in each component

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6950 Year 1
Wales £6950 Year 1
Channel Islands £6950 Year 1
EU £1285 Year 1
Scotland £1285 Year 1
International £10000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
Applied Bioscience at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS