Leeds City College

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences with Foundation Year Leeds City College Degree level: Undergraduate

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TEF Bronze

Leeds City College has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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The programme is intended to provide a broad and industrially relevant set of modules, preparing students for work in industries in the chemical science or bioscience sectors. Graduates should be able to apply for a number of careers regardless of which options they have taken. Examples areas include: NHS careers, teaching, food safety, technical support roles in academic, government or private laboratories, specialist scientific sales and marketing,. Recent graduates have progressed to careers such as Assistant Research Practitioner at the Manchester Eye Hospital, laboratory work for a global company specialising in clinical trials, a neurology technician in the NHS as well as roles in the teaching and legal professions. Many of our graduates go on to further study such as masters in Physician Associate Studies, Medical Microbiology, Paramedic Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Medical Biochemistry, Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology, Cardiology and Biopharmacy. Graduates have also gone on to study Ph.Ds in scientific research.

The course was developed in order to close a skills gap as identified by the Leeds LEP. The course was written after consultation with a number of local employers, who informed teaching, content and assessment methods. We have formed close links with other employers and continued to elicit feedback on how well the course prepares graduates for employment. Teaching is delivered in purpose-built laboratories with industry-standard equipment and is designed to develop the key skills and knowledge demanded by employers.

Throughout this course you will:
Have the opportunity to design and conduct your own research project.
Gain an understanding and appreciation of the chemistry and biochemistry of drug molecules: their design, synthesis and behaviour in the body
Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the science of human life, health and disease at the molecular, cellular, system, organismal and environmental level.
Learn about microbial processes and applications, including the opportunities for humans to exploit and benefit from these.

Course details

Modules

Modules may include:

Year 0
Biology 1
Biology 2
Chemistry 1
Chemistry 2
Foundation mathematics
Academic skills

Year 1
Personal and professional development
Integrated biomolecular science
Physiology and pathology
Physical, inorganic and organic chemistry
Integrated practical skills
Biochemical processes
Organic chemistry
Mathematics

Year 2
Microbiology & biotechnology
Pharmacology & therapeutics
Immunology
Genetics
Medicinal chemistry
Biomaterials and solid state chemistry
Work related learning
Scientific investigation

Assessment method

There will be regular short practice assessment activities (in the form of regular quizzes and tests) with feedback provided to guide your progress and development. Pair and small group activities will be regularly used in all modules, allowing you to improve communication and teamwork skills. Giving short oral and poster presentations will increase your confidence in speaking and presenting.

Preparation for practical activities will be available in the form of virtual experiments in which online feedback is instantly available. Real and simulated practical activities will also provide data and you will be given guidance on how to collect and process high quality data, and how to use it to form conclusions.

Modules will be formally assessed and graded through a range of methods, including traditional examinations, laboratory activities, problem-based group projects, oral and poster presentations, case-studies, research projects and essays.

This range of activities provides the opportunity for everyone to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the course of their studies. The mix of practical and written assessments will provide evidence to employers of the level of laboratory skills and other abilities (such as teamwork, communication skills, ethical integrity, etc.), whilst also enabling you to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and academic skills that you have developed.


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code CF12
Institution code L21
Campus name University Centre
Campus code 1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Science and additional Science at a grade 4 or above.

English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

BTEC First Nationals: At least one overall Merit grade.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: Leeds City College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

APL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APL).


English language requirements

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7,250 Year 1
EU £7,250 Year 1
England £7,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,250 Year 1
Scotland £7,250 Year 1
Wales £7,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.

Provider information

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Leeds City College
Park Lane
Leeds
LS3 1AA


Clearing contact details

HE Admissions

0113 2162406

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm Friday 8.30am -4.30pm


Course contact details

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Main Contact - HE Admissions

0113 216 2406