East Coast College (Lowestoft)
One year full time.
A relevant Foundation degree such as FdSc Practical Life Science/ Level 5 Science Technician apprenticeship or equivalent.
* Subject to validation
The BSc (Hons) Practical Life Sciences provides a progression route for students completing the FdSc Practical life Sciences (or other relevant foundation degree in biological or laboratory science) wishing to build their skills, knowledge and understanding further to progress into the laboratory science sector.
The BSc (Hons) Practical Life Sciences provides a progression route for students completing the FdSc Practical life Sciences (or other relevant foundation degree in biological or laboratory science) wishing to build their skills, knowledge and understanding further to progress into the laboratory science sector. Students will study a range of laboratory linked modules and will complete their studies by completing a sector relevant project. The areas of study will provide a strong subject base and practical competence for either seeking related employment, progression within their current employer or going on to further study at level 7. Student can access this programme either as a standalone progression year degree course or through the Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship, where supported by an employer.
The BSc (Hons) Practical Life Sciences will act as a top-up pathway for students who have already completed the FdSc Practical Life Science course or another relevant level 5 qualification where this progression year meets the students indented career aspiration. The degree apprenticeship standard for Laboratory Scientist, level 6 has been the subject of extensive national consultation and designed with input from industry experts who have many years of experience working in the Life Sciences & Industrial Science sector including employers from chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, and the NHS.
The end-point assessment plan will ensure that successful laboratory scientist apprentices have demonstrated that they have the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours needed to work in this exciting industry alongside and supported by their degree achievement. Students will be able to access this programme through both independent, standalone route and supported via the apprenticeship. The cohort will likely draw on both students groups that will bring diverse background and experiences to support group discussion and learning opportunities.
The programme will help learners to progress into laboratory scientist roles holding specialist knowledge and broad scientific understanding to carry out a range of technical and scientific activities in their specialist discipline. They will be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant scientific information, concepts and ideas and use these to develop subsequent experiments or investigations and to propose solutions to problems. This programme ensures a progression pathway for existing FdSc Practical Life Science students (with the first graduates completing in 2021) and aligns to the East Coast College HE strategy which has significant focus on developing science and energy programmes to meet regional and national priorities.
The BSc links well with the proposed BSc (Hons) Sustainable Futures programme which provides students on both courses with a further enriched programme of collaboration with a wider students group. Students will also have access to a wider curriculum delivery team. Students will be able to access support for their final projects from any of the East Coast College HE Science team giving a wide-ranging scope for project focus
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Fees and finance
- UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
- UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
- International full-time tuition fee: £13,992 p.a
At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for.
A relevant Foundation degree such as FdSc Practical Life Science/ Level 5 Science Technician apprenticeship or equivalent. All applicants are required to hold GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
* If a student is to access a work placement as part of the course, a DBS may need to be considered based on the nature of the work (i.e. in a hospital or school laboratory). If the student completes work experience within a food technology/pharmacological company a DBS would not likely be necessary. If the student is already employed in a relevant role the employer would follow their own policy on this.
If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.
IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.