Applied Science (Biotechnology) - BSc (Hons) [Full Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Science

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


Biotechnology is an exciting and varied branch of science. Its very name implies diversity and application and students who study this subject see first-hand how the science they know, and have yet to learn, is used in our everyday lives.
Society is constantly changing.
Our demands for new medicines and technology means that science needs to constantly change with it to meet those needs.
The overall aim of this BSc(Hons) Applied Science (Biotechnology) is to consolidate your enthusiasm and aptitude for biotechnology and its application in different contexts, particularly within industry and research, while expanding your knowledge into other areas of science.
The course was developed as a result of an increasing demand from local pharmaceutical and biotechnology related companies and this continues to be an area of increased growth. The course will develop the specialist knowledge required to work in the fields of bioscience and biotechnology, alongside the softer skills required to be a contributing part of the work place. You will expand your knowledge of cell biology, clinical and diagnostic enzymology and genetic modification and carry out practical work, including gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reactions (PCR). As well as this specialist knowledge, you will have the opportunity to improve your communication skills, giving presentations, writing reports and taking part in poster sessions.

You will learn in our recently redeveloped £18 million Parson Building. You will not only develop your technical skills but also improve your soft skills, such as communication and interpersonal skills, delivering your work in a variety of ways including reports, essays, presentations and poster sessions.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will have student membership of the Royal Society of Biology and during the course you will meet the criteria that will enable you to achieve Registered Scientist status which is awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Key staff hold current membership of the appropriate professional bodies and they keep their industry experience up to date with industry visits and placements.

You will also have the opportunity to obtain qualifications in COSHH, manual handling, working at heights and/or MS Office.

This course is heavily enriched by local industry including activities like trips and visits to different sized laboratories and guest speakers from local companies (eg. Proctor & Gamble, Northumbrian Water etc.). These activities change on a yearly basis and provide a great insight into how you can make yourself work ready.


Who the course is for

This Degree in Applied Science course is ideal for those wishing to study for a career in the science industry, gaining practical experience as well as the theoretical knowledge required to achieve this.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion, you will be awarded a BSc(Hons) Applied Science (Biotechnology)

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Year 1


Maths for Scientists
This module will introduce and develop a wide range of mathematical and statistical skills which will enable you to properly collate, present and analyse statistical and mathematical data generated in the course of your studies.

Personal Development

You will develop skills which enable you to be reflective, this will allow you to assess you progress and identify areas that you need to develop.

Academic Development

This module develops your academic skills to enable them to meet the requirements of study for higher education courses in a variety of contexts and to develop the specialist study skills relevant to your course of study and professional aspirations

Work Related Learning
This module is intended to allow you to identify, address and experience the demands of the science industry within negotiated boundaries, completing the project under the supervision of the module leader.



Year 2


Ensuring Quality – legislation and statistics
This module will cover quality standards used in industry, such as GLP, ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and cGMP.
The module will include the statistics required to ensure quality is maintained.

Work based learning

The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of an appropriate work context and apply your knowledge and skills to a work place issue or problem which you have identified

Professional Development
You will develop the transferable skills and professional requirements necessary for your proposed career. This will include preparing a portfolio demonstrating how the meet a job specification and a mock interview for this job.

Year 3

New and Emerging Science
This module is designed to enable you to explore emerging scientific research and technologies, assessing the potential value of the next generation of products for society and for business

Advanced Analytical Techniques
This module is designed to provide you with background theory to advanced analytical techniques and instrumentation used in industry. These skills will improve your employability

Science and the Environment
In this module, you will develop an appreciation of the analytical approaches required in environmental analysis of air, water and soil samples. It will provide the you with knowledge of state-of-the-art analytical techniques available to solve/assess current environmental problems and also emerging technologies in environmental analysis.

Laboratory operations and management
This module is designed to provide you with the tools to supervise the operation and management of a laboratory. These will include the soft skills required by the sector.

Honors Project

This module aims to develop your skills in research, analysis, and project management via an extended vocationally-relevant project. You will investigate a well-defined problem and, through both practical and literature-based research, analyse the context and nature of the issue, then develop, critically appraise and justify strategies to address the problem.


Learning Methods

You will learn in a variety of way including via practical laboratory sessions, e-learning, independent study and work-based projects. You will develop your practical skills with hands on experience of a range of analytical techniques and instrumentation. You will be given the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills through presentations and posters sessions.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a  variety of ways including reports, essays, presentations and poster sessions.

Progression Opportunities

You can progress onto a  masters.  

Career Opportunities

Wherever things are made or used an analytical chemist will be required to both quantify them and to determine their component ingredients. During the course you will have developed a high standard of practical and analytical techniques suitable for working in major industries such as pharmaceuticals, foods, plastics, transport, health care, agrochemicals, energy production, atmospheric research, forensic science, or environmental monitoring. This could be as a laboratory technician, a quality control analyst, an analytical analyst or research technician.
As a scientist, your analytical and problem-solving skills, experience in research, excellent training in fundamental scientific principles as well as practical, skills will make you highly sought after by many employers

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship. *
*Must be in Science subjects.
Applicants must have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.