BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences - Year 2

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 and the University of Stirling and also received input from employers across the Scottish life sciences community. The result is a programme which delivers highly skilled and work ready graduates.

This is year 2 of the degree and it will be delivered at Forth Valley College’s campus in Falkirk. Students will then complete years 3 & 4 at the University of Stirling.

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

In year two 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 however some 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 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

  • Year 2 entry may be available for applicants who currently have or are working towards a 15 credit HNC Applied Sciences or HNC Applied Biological Science and who achieve an A or B in their graded unit
  • Applicants with a different qualification or grade profile are still welcome to apply, as all applications are considered on their own merits.


Additional Requirements:

  • Entry is subject to interview and an assessment of the units within the applicants' HNC programme

Further advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application.
  • If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account.
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for 
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately 
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course 
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview 

If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 10