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FdSc Practical Life Sciences

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East Coast College (Lowestoft)


Two years full-time.

Three years part-time.


Typical Offer: 

2023-24 and 2024-25 entry; 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC),  Pass A*-C (T Level).



The FdSc Practical Life Sciences contains a balance of the knowledge requirements, along with the practical skill development, for students to progress to work in the biological science industry at laboratory assistant/associate level (or equivalent).

The course provides a starting subject base in the area of biological sciences for students wanting to progress to a full Honours degree in a biological science subject. The course is ideal for students wanting to progress into a science industry career and also those already employed in a biological scientist role wanting further training and development.

Biological scientists can be employed in a variety of technical roles, such as veterinary and biomedical diagnostics, nutrition, laboratory analysis, research and development, or environmental impact analysis. 

All students are encouraged to complete a work  experience placement (if they are not currently employed in a relevant role).

Course modules

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.

Introduction to Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology (Mandatory)
Analysis of Scientific Data and Information (Requisite)
Cell Biology (Requisite)
Physiology of Cellular Systems (Requisite)
Molecular Biology and Genetics (Requisite)
Infectious Diseases (Requisite)
Medicinal Chemistry (Requisite)
Personal and Professional Development (work-based) (Requisite)
Advanced Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology (Mandatory)
Introduction to Research and Bioinformatics (Research methods) (Mandatory)
Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways (Requisite)
Microbiology (Requisite)
Immune Responses and Pharmacological Principles (Requisite)
Environmental and Ecological Principles (Requisite)
Industry Related Project (work-based) (Requisite)

Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £8,220 p.a 
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,370 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information) 
  • International full-time tuition fee:  £13,992 p.a

Further Information

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 your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements