BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences

Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.

The BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences degree offers interdisciplinary training in contemporary biological sciences, including animal and plant biology and biotechnology. There is a strong focus on the cellular and molecular aspects of biological science and the development of practical skills.

It will particularly appeal to those with a desire to pursue a career in the bioscience industries, within healthcare and biotechnology.

The degree is taught jointly at Forth Valley College (Falkirk Campus) and the University of Stirling and also receives input from employers across the Scottish life sciences community. The result is a programme which delivers highly skilled and work ready graduates.

Classes for the first two years will be delivered at Forth Valley College’s campus in Falkirk.

Students who are placed in University accommodation at Stirling should be aware that they will be required to travel from Stirling to Falkirk for the first two years of their studies and should budget for travel costs accordingly.

Applicants should apply through UCAS at (UCAS code: 8C93)

For further information, please visit the University of Stirling webpage here.

In the first two years of the degree, the focus is on fundamental biological laboratory skills and the underpinning science.  The majority of this teaching will be undertaken in small classes at Forth Valley College (Falkirk Campus) however some second year modules will be delivered at the University of Stirling.

By the third year, most modules will be undertaken at the University of Stirling. In addition, students will benefit from an industrial placement which will offer hands-on experience in the workplace. The final year will include an extended research dissertation, in addition to a number of elective modules. 

The development of good health and safety behaviours and good manufacturing and laboratory practices will be embedded throughout the programme.

Year 1

• Applied Sciences: Graded Unit 1
• Laboratory Skills for Science Industries
• Fundamental Chemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills
• Statistics for Science 1
• Human Body Structure and Function
• Biochemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills
• Fundamental Chemistry: An Introduction
• Microbiology: Theory and Laboratory Skills
• DNA and Genetics
• Cell Biology: Theory and Laboratory Skills
• Biotechnology: An Introduction

Year 2

• DNA Molecular Techniques
• Microbiological Techniques
• Immunological Techniques
• Protein Structure and Function
• Applied Biological Sciences: Graded Unit 2
• Mathematics for Science 1
• Animal Biology
• Plant Biology
• Quality and Health & Safety Systems in Science Industries
• Animal and Plant Cell Culture: An Introduction
• Instrumental Techniques
• Ecology and Ecosystems

Year 3

• Microbiology
• Animal Physiology
• Enzymes and their Applications
• Animal Cell Biology
• Applied Immunology
• Industrial Experience Placement

Year 4

• Honours Project
• Systems Biology
• Molecular Evolution
• Phylogenetics
• Molecular Techniques
• Cell Birth/Life/Death
• Genetic Engineering for the Future


  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Protein Scientist
  • Molecular Biologist

  • Postgraduate education
  • Employment

One of the following:

  • Three Highers at grade B or equivalent (to include either Biology or Chemistry)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies plus two further Highers at B or equivalent to include either Biology or Chemistry
  • Applicants with a different qualification or grade profile are still welcome to apply, as all applications are considered on their own merits

Additional Requirements:

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a strong science background
  • Final selection subject to a successful interview

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    30 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 10