Biomedical Sciences (Biotechnical Sciences) (Top-Up) - BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Sciences (Biotechnical Sciences) (Top-Up) - BSc (Hons)

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BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Biotechnical Sciences)

This course is validated by The Open University.


This is a level 6 Top Up programme (final year of degree) designed in consultation with industry providing a challenging, relevant and academic programme of study. It leads to a full BSc (Hons) degree with the full range of classifications. You will develop skills and knowledge about genetic engineering, analytical chemistry and how new drugs and medical treatments are developed including those used in gene therapy. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop your own specialist research project to produce an undergraduate thesis (dissertation).

The course provides an exemplary experience of laboratory work and entry into a career in science. If you are interested in the field of science you will gain further knowledge in addition to employability skills and industry knowledge needed to succeed in your career.

Biotechnical Sciences encompasses a wide range of laboratory procedures for working with living organisms for human purposes. It includes research and development in the laboratory exploring, extracting, exploiting and producing high value-added products from living organisms. Examples include the use of organisms for the manufacture of drugs, and food products. Biotechnology is also used to recycle, clean-up sites contaminated by industrial activities (bioremediation), and to produce biological weapons.

The programme offers informed teaching in small groups by highly qualified and experienced teachers in addition to excellent support. The programme has been developed with direct input from local employers who also have a global presence and represents an excellent opportunity for those interested in working in science and to those who already work in the science industry who wish to develop their careers by gaining a fit for purpose qualification whilst still working or honouring other commitments. The course provides a strong foundation in specialist areas of biology and chemistry with emphasis on current areas of importance to a broad range of employers and research interests.

Duration 1 Year Full Time
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72217-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What You Learn / Units

You will study 5 modules, 4 of which are worth 20 credits each and then the Undergraduate Dissertation module with a value of 40 credits. The overall total credits for this programme is 120 credits.

In addition to your Dissertation the modules you will study are 

  • Research Methods
  • Recombinant Technology
  • Targets for Novel Pharmaceutical Agents

With one option from:

  • Quality control and further analytical methods
  • Applied Biomedical techniques

Benefits / Skills you will develop

Students will develop practical skills and gain experience of a number of standard techniques that are commonly used in industry.

They will also have the opportunity to gain experience in:

  • Scientific writing skills
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Managing schedules and meeting deadlines

How you will be assessed

A combination of exams, assessed practical laboratory work and lab reports, coursework such as presentations and essays, group projects and a dissertation

Where is the course delivered

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Entry Requirements

A foundation degree in Biomedical Sciences or in another relevant subject or any other programme of level 4 and level 5 modules that match those delivered in the first and second year of the Leeds City College FdSc in Biomedical Sciences (Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences).

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is CF15 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's Next

After graduation you could move into work in laboratories in the following areas, amongst others:

  • NHS & private sector
  • Public Health England/ Health Protection Agency (HPA)
  • Forensic science
  • National Blood Authority
  • Veterinary services
  • Health and Safety Authority
  • University labs
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Product manufacturers

You could also work in:

  • HM forces
  • Government departments
  • Primary care – GPs
  • Overseas – World Health Organisation
  • Business/management
  • Medical writing
  • education - university or college lecturing (or school teaching after further training)
  • sales and marketing

You could also go on to study further (for example a MSc., Ph.D. or other postgraduate qualification

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite