PETROC

FdSc Human Biosciences

One of the largest colleges in Devon. A key part of the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. Rated ‘good’ with 'outstanding features' by Ofsted. We have strong links with local employers, so you gain invaluable, hands-on experience. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from Plymouth University – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide.   

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • HB101 Foundation In Biochemistry

      This module examines, at the molecular level, the essential features of living organisms starting with the chemical and biological properties of biological molecules and the assembly of supra-molecular biological structures. The catalysis and control of biochemical reactions are dealt with as are some energy transduction systems. Finally, the Central Dogma of molecular biology is discussed along with the biochemistry of genetic information flow and repair.

    • HB102 Microbiology

      This module provides an opportunity to extend knowledge of basic microbiology, with an emphasis on the background and practice of laboratory techniques.

    • HB106 Introduction to Statistics

      This module applies previously learned mathematical skills within a scientific context as well as building on these skills to allow students to apply statistics to testing scientific data.

    • HB107 Human Life Cycle

      This module traces the biological changes and processes involved in the human life cycle including reproduction, development and ageing.

    • HB108 Genes, Organisms and Populations

      The module considers several aspects of genetics to give a coherent approach. It will develop an understanding of variation at gene, individual and population level.

    • HB110B Developing Graduate Skills

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for appropriate academic work and employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • HB112 Introduction to Anatomy

      This module introduces the student to the fundamentals of anatomy and histology, underpinning the physiology module in the second year. Students explore current and future research into a range of prostheses, including dentures, hearing aids, artificial eyes and even gastric bands. Tissue engineering research and its current abilities and failings will be discussed.

    • NDCY0B1 Foundation in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

    • NDCY0B2 Foundation in Genetics and Cellular Metabolism

    • NDCY0B3 Foundation in Inheritance and Human Physiology

    • NDCY0IS Individual Study

    • NDCY0M1 Basic Mathematics

    • NDCY0M2 Mathematics

    • NDCY0SS6 Introduction to Study Skills 1 Independent Learning

    • NDCY0SS7 Introduction to Study Skills 2 Interpersonal Skills

    Optional modules
    • NDCY0C1 Structure and Bonding - The Building Blocks of Chemistry

    • NDCY0C2 Organic Chemistry - The Chemistry of Carbon Compounds

    • NDCY0C3 Analytical Chemistry

    • NDCY0E1 What is English Literature?

    • NDCY0E2 The Language of Literature

    • NDCY0H1 An Introduction to History

    • NDCY0H2 Women's Emancipation 1830-1930

    • NDCY0H3 Social Impacts of Industrialisation in Nineteenth Century England

    • NDCY0P2 Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology

    • NDCY0P3 Psychology: Introduction to Key Perspectives and Research Methods

    • NDCY0S1 What is Sociology?

    • NDCY0S2 Social Difference and Stratification

    • NDCY0S3 Social Structure, Change and Policy

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • HB209 Biochemistry

      The module illustrates how the complex collection of chemical reactions required for human life is co-ordinated on a range of levels: control of pathways; compartmentation of metabolic processes between organelles and between tissues and the sharing of metabolic load between tissues.

    • HB210 Microbial World

      The module reviews the diversity of the microbial work including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. It emphasises their importance in the natural environment and in human affairs.

    • HB211 Genetic Continuity and Diversity

      This module considers the processes which maintain genetic stability and promote genetic diversity at different levels of biological organisation. It then develops a broad range of applications which have resulted from increasing awareness of the genome, its structure, and interaction with the environment.

    • HB212 Immunology and Cell Biology

      This module covers the basic structures and functions of eukaryotic cells together with the principles.

    • HB213 Human Physiology

      This module describes and explains the physiological processes involved in human respiration, circulation, osmoregulation and excretion and digestion. It provides experience of physiological measurement data acquisition and analysis. It describes and explains the mechanisms involved in controlling and co-ordinating human functions including human movement, and develops practical skills in experimental investigation and interpretation.

    • HB214 Human Bioscience Research

      This module focuses on core skills and techniques in laboratory studies and data analysis essential to Human Biosciences. Practical work needs to be performed safely and efficiently within an appropriate experimental design, results described and analysed competently, and outcomes effectively presented. Students complete a chosen research project and a literature review of a topic addressing wider issues.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with PETROC

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.

Find out more about studying at Petroc