Course: FdSc Practical Life Sciences

Study Level

Level 5


Lowestoft Campus


Two Years



The FdSc Practical Life Sciences contains a balance of the knowledge requirements, along with the practical skill development, for students to progress to work in the biological science industry at laboratory assistant/associate level (or equivalent).

The course provides a starting subject base in the area of biological sciences for students wanting to progress to a full Honours degree in a biological science subject. The course is ideal for students wanting to progress into a science industry career and also those already employed in a biological scientist role wanting further training and development.

Biological scientists can be employed in a variety of technical roles, such as veterinary and biomedical diagnostics, nutrition, laboratory analysis, research and development, or environmental impact analysis.

You will be encouraged to complete a work experience placement (if you are not currently employed in a relevant role).

Modules you may study include:

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Environmental and Ecological Principles
  • Physiology of Cellular Systems
  • Introduction to Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology

You can apply for this course on the University of Suffolk website to study at the East Coast College Lowestoft campus. Click ‘More Information’ to be taken to the full course and application page.


80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC)

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

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