The Human Biosciences Foundation Degree concerns the detailed study of human biology. As the course progresses you will deepen your knowledge, building towards a research project of your own. As a degree it could lead to a lab technician role or lab scientist in biomedical science, public health or food quality control. It is also excellent preparation for science teaching or health education. The study begins with a mixture of theory, practical microscope work and case studies, by looking at human anatomy, and how the body is organized into systems, and later, physiology and the functions of organs. You will also consider how the body develops from conception to old age. You will explore genetics and the characteristics of individuals and populations. Looking at the molecular level you will explore biochemistry, and how the chemical reactions required for human life are sustained. Finally, microbiology reveals the diversity of microorganisms, their growth requirements, and clinical and industrial importance, considering the microbial world including bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses. On a more academic level, you will acquire skills in statistics in a scientific context and apply those skills to testing scientific data. You will also study a research module in an appropriate experimental field, preceded by a literature review of the topic, addressing wider issues. Throughout the course you will develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for undergraduate academic work and employment. You will complete at least 50 hours of relevant work experience.
The Human Biosciences Foundation Degree covers a broad range of areas within biology. Year one: Anatomy - studies the organisation of the human body into systems, including gross structure and histology, so providing the perfect preparation for year two studies of physiology. This module is based around a number of practical sessions, including dissection and microscope work. Human Life Cycle - looks at developments from conception to old age. Areas of study include contraception, fertility, embryological/foetal development, adolescence and ageing. Genetics - introduces you to the structure and function of genes and how these, together with environmental factors, affect the characteristics of individuals and populations. Biochemistry - examines the essential features of living organisms starting with the chemical and biological properties of small biological molecules and how they are assembled into macromolecules essential to the structure and functioning of cells. Microbiology - provides an introduction to microbiology, including the diversity of microorganisms, their growth requirements, and clinical and industrial importance. There is an emphasis on aseptic techniques and good laboratory practice. Statistics - develops previously learned mathematical skills within a scientific context and builds on these skills to allow students to learn statistical techniques which can be applied to testing scientific data. Developing Graduate Skills - helps you develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for undergraduate academic work and employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making. As part of this module you will complete at least 50 hours of relevant work experience. Year two: Cell Biology and Immunology - covers the basic structure and function of cells together with the principles underlying the major techniques used in modern studies of cellular biology. It contains a comprehensive introduction to immunology with particular reference to cellular and humoral responses to infection. Human Physiology - is the study of the functions of the various organs and systems of the human body and the changes that occur during stress. This module is largely theoretical with lectures and seminars, analysis of case studies and some practical work. Microbial World - develops students’ knowledge of the diversity of the microbial world including bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses. It teaches techniques used to study microorganisms in the laboratory and culminates in a research project designed and carried out by the student. Genetic Continuity and Diversity - considers the processes that maintain genetic stability and promote genetic diversity at different levels of biological organisation. It then develops a broad range of applications which have resulted from increasing awareness of the genome, its structure, and interaction with the environment. Biochemistry - builds on the content of year one and shows how metabolism involves a wide range of biochemical pathways. It concludes by explaining how the complex collection of chemical reactions required for human life is controlled and coordinated in a variety of ways. Research module - focuses on core skills and techniques in good laboratory practice essential to human biosciences. You will carry out your own practical research project, working safely and efficiently within an appropriate experimental design. Your project will be preceded by a literature review of the topic, addressing wider issues. The whole project will be written up formally in the style of an academic paper, and presented informally to your
Course assessment includes essays, presentations, laboratory reports and exams. Most modules have one coursework assessment during the year as well as a final exam. The coursework assessment is usually 60% of the final grade, and the exam 40%.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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