FdSc Human Biosciences

Welcome to Petroc, one of the largest colleges in Devon, awarded 'Silver' from the Teaching Excellence Framework (July 2017) and rated 'Good with Outstanding Features' by Ofsted (November 2015). Petroc is the South West Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre, recognised by the award of a Skills for Health Quality Mark, and plays a key part in the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. We offer around 40 degree-level courses from foundation to BA (Hons) level across our three campus sites, making a 'degree on your doorstep' a possibility for hundreds of successful graduates to date.

We have strong links with local employers - so you can gain invaluable, hands-on experience during your degree-level studies. Based at our North Devon, Mid Devon, or at our dedicated University Centre at the Brannams campus, our award-winning courses offer small group sizes, workable and flexible study options, and represent outstanding value. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from the University of Plymouth – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Visit our Petroc website to find out more, watch our course videos, read case studies of our successful alumni or apply directly for a guaranteed interview.

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.

    • 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.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • 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.

    • HB209 Biochemistry: Molecules, cells and the body

      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.

    • HB212 Immunology and Cell Biology

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

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with PETROC

The University of Plymouth 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 the University of Plymouth. 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 Partnerships 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