The Foundation Degree prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes.

The Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences aims to ensure that the evolving needs of the science sector are met, including laboratory based training, theoretical knowledge and e-learning.

Weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Student workload usually includes 4 to 5 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured placement within the science industry during the final year of the programme.

The teaching team are highly qualified in a range of scientific disciplines and have industrial or university research experience.


The 14 Mandatory modules include:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Biology and Disease
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Communications and IT
  • Maths and Statistics for Bioscience
  • Introduction to Laboratory Practice
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry and Human Nutrition
  • Work Based Learning I & II
  • Professional Practice in the Laboratory
  • Laboratory Skills and Safety

This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of the Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership to the Ulster University library and sports centre. To find out more visit UU Associate Student.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

Four passes at GCSE level Grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent (Level 2 Numeracy Essential Skills is not acceptable) and one of the following:

  • At least one GCE A level pass preferably in an appropriate subject (e.g. Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology).
  • Equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate passes.
  • Equivalent AVCE.
  • A National Diploma in an appropriate subject.
  • An equivalent relevant qualification.


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). APEL is a process by which you may be awarded credits for learning that you have gained in the past, and which is relevant to the course to which you have applied. It may also help you gain entry to a programme if you do not have the required entry qualifications. This may be certificated or experiential learning.

Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and specific requirements. All applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course.

In the event of oversubscription to the course, places will be awarded using the UCAS points system.

Where will it take me?

The Foundation Degree prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes. Upon completion of this programme, you may be able to progress into the second year of existing Honours Degree programmes at Ulster University based on the 2+2 model (2 years with us followed by 2 years at Ulster University). Degrees you can progress to may include Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Food Nutrition and Dietetics. The following Degree may be entered at year one; Optometry and Stratified Medicine. You may also pursue similar degrees at other universities, or begin to explore employment opportunities in this field.

How will it make me more employable?

The course provides the opportunity to undertake a 10-week placement within the science industry to assist you in developing real-life experience and practical skills that employers want.

You will learn transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving, leadership and critical thinking which will help you to apply to relevant jobs within the science industry. The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace.

It is the responsibility of the student to find a placement, but will be arranged in conjunction with support from a work placement teacher.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course with a combination of written assignments, practical tasks and examinations. A diverse range of assessments are used on the programme, including: portfolios of evidence, practical activities, written log books, short essays, poster design, oral presentations, analysis of case study material and work based learning reports from supervisors.

Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Additional Costs

Occasionally a small transport cost (approx. £5.00-10.00) may be incurred for class visits to W5, Queen's University Belfast or Ulster University.


Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University




  • Week Starting: 04/09/2017
  • Fee: £ 2500.00
  • Places Available: 16
  • Interview / Assessment Required
  • Year of Study: 1


  • Week Starting: 04/09/2017
  • Day: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
  • Total Fee: £ 860.00
  • Places Available: 14
  • Interview / Assessment Required
  • Year of Study: 1
  • Concession Fee 1: £685.00 | Concession Fee 2: £510.00
Program taught in:
  • English

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