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Applied and Medical Sciences (Level 5 Foundation Degree)


Course Overview

This course aims to provide a vocationally relevant science education for those wishing to follow careers in the applied and medical sciences - producing competent individuals to meet local, regional and national needs by providing a good mix of scientific theory along with the practical skills necessary for further study or employment within the applied and medical sciences. Through a varied and well-planned curriculum delivered by knowledgeable and supportive staff, knowledge and understanding is developed through lectures, practical classes, group discussion and independent research. Cognitive (thinking) skills are developed through researching information, statistical analysis of results, effective communication, critical analysis, evaluation and self-evaluation. The course is designed to be practical and, therefore, applied skills are developed through practical laboratory classes and laboratory simulations. Transferable skills are crucial to your progression and employability. This course aims to develop these skills through presentations, scientific writing, analysis and interpretation of results, group work, problem solving, research and critical evaluation; all of which will enhance personal development and career prospects.
  • Start Date
    2 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 years full time / 3 years part time
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Ulster University Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdSc) Applied and Medical Sciences
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 02/09/2024

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Awarding Body
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Course Modules

  • Biochemistry and Human Nutrition
  • Laboratory Skills and Safety
  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Professional Practice
  • Work Based Learning 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Biology and Chemistry for Bioscience
  • Introduction to Laboratory Practice for Applied and Medical Sciences
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Scientific Communication, Maths and Statistics for Bioscience
  • Chemistry and Pharmacology
  • Professional Practice in the Laboratory
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

48 UCAS points including an A-Level pass in a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or equivalent), AND GCSE English Grade C or equivalent (e.g. Essential Skills Level 2 Communications) and GCSE Maths Grade C or equivalent (Please Note - Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy is not accepted). Interview required. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry. For more details visit

ROI Requirements

48 UCAS points consisting of passes in five approved subjects to include a minimum of 3 at Higher Leaving Cert Pass (Grade D/H6) one of which should be in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or equivalent) + OLC (Grade 04 or above) to include Maths and English. Interview required Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry. For more details visit

Work Placement

In your final year, you are expected to complete work-based learning module(s) which will consist of a total of 320 hours of placement - a great opportunity to boost your CV.

What's Next?

Further Study

Students from this course can progress to Year 2 of a range of related degree programmes at Ulster University or elsewhere; or can enter at Year 1 of a wide range of degree courses.

Career Prospects

As a result of completing this course, you may also explore employment opportunities in this field which could include; Pharmacy Technician, Dietetic Assistant, Cardiology Technician, Audiology Technician, Basic Level Pharmacology staff, School Technicians and Assistant grade Professionals.

Additional Information

This course is assessed by a variety of assessment methods to include written reports, examinations, work-based projects and portfolio, academic poster presentations, workplace observation of practice and tests of practical competence.


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