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University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

UCAS Code: CF13

Foundation Degree - FD

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject

Access to HE Diploma

M:24

Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

MP grade in relevant subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

MPP grade in relevant subject

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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

The programme is broad-based and industrially relevant, covering many aspects of biological and chemical sciences. It is taught almost entirely in laboratories and features a very large amount of hands-on experience of practical science. Students will learn about scientific concepts related to the human body, diseases and drugs and then explore these ideas further through practical laboratory investigations. The practical work will build confidence in working in a laboratory environment and give students the opportunity to develop skills in using a wide range of equipment and scientific instruments, performing standard operations that are common in current industries in the chemical science or bioscience sectors.

This course would suit anyone who has some basic knowledge (either through study or work) of biology or chemistry and would like to find out more about how:

- the human body works

- diseases are caused and can be treated

- microorganisms are used in the production of medicines and other useful chemicals

- drugs interact with our bodies

- understanding the biology and chemistry of drugs enables us to design better medicines

The course was developed in order to close a skills gap as identified by the Leeds Local Enterprise Partnership. 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.

Modules

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.

Modules may include:

Level 4

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

Level 5

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

Assessment methods

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.

Tuition fees

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England
£7,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,950
per year
Scotland
£7,950
per year
Wales
£7,950
per year

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