Course Comparison

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Foundation Year FdSc Human Biosciences
Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc
4 years 2 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time Full-time
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Plymouth Petroc
School of Biological and Marine Sciences Petroc
Entry requirements
Candidates with formal qualifications awarded in the last three years:
For candidates with science-based Access to Higher Education diplomas: a pass in the diploma overall, with passes in the science based units therein (including GCSE English and mathematics grade C/4 or above or equivalent). For candidates that do not have a science, electrical or technology background please contact: for further advice.
For candidates with BTEC National modules: 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: PPP from a science related subject. 12 Unit BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma: MP from a science related subject. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.
For candidates with A levels: a minimum of 2 A levels to include at least one pass in a science subject.
For candidates with InternationalBaccalaureate: 24 overall to include 1 subject from science – English and mathematics must be included.
For candidates with other post-GCSE qualifications such as NVQ, Level 3 is usually required. If you have GNVQ or AGNVQ, passes in science subjects are generally required.
T level: Pass – Science pathway, plus GCSE Maths grade 4/C or above.
We would usually expect GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4, or equivalent.
For international applicants, we require an IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each element.
Candidates without formal qualifications awarded in the last three years:
We particularly welcome applications from candidates returning to study, who can offer work or other related experience in lieuof formal qualifications. Therefore candidates without formal science qualifications or with non-standard qualifications are assessed on an individual basis, usually viainterview. We encourage any candidate who is unsure regarding the suitability of their qualifications or experience to contact Admissions in the first instance, who will then liaise with the Admissions Tutor and Programme Lead.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.