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

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

Subject Area Science

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  J700


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: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready 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

BSc (Hons) Applied Science (Biotechnology)

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

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

Course Content

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Cell Biology and Microbiology

This unit will provide a basic understanding of Cell Biology, Molecular genetics and Microbiology. You will study a variety of topics such as ultra-cell structure, cell transport, structure and function of DNA plus the growth of microorganisms. The unit is practically based and uses laboratory experimentation to inform learning.

  • Basic Concepts in Chemistry

The aim of this module is to provide the basic principles of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, enabling you to apply these chemical principles throughout all areas of chemical analysis.

  • Biological Molecules

This unit will cover organic chemistry including carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Students will look at metabolic pathways, enzyme structure, function and kinetics.

  • Introduction to Biotechnology

This module will include the principles of separation, identification and quantification of biological molecules, protein purification, enzyme assays and gel electrophoresis

  • 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 (Level 5)  

  • Biochemical Interactions

This module is concerned with the application of chemical methods, techniques and theories to the study of biological processes at a molecular level, for example, Membrane Chemistry - Cell signalling, Receptor-ligand binding, Signal transduction and Drug targeting.

  • Immunology and Pharmacology

This module will include: Response to Infection, antibody structure and function, antigen processing and presentation, MHC complex, tolerance and auto-immunity and immunoassay techniques.  It will also cover pharmacodynamics, drug biochemistry, biological mode of drug action, dose response selectivity and specificity, and drug metabolism & pharmacokinetics.

  • Production and Analysis of Proteins

This will be a practically based module, examining methods of protein production, and their subsequent analysis.

  • 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 (Level 6)

  • 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 Biochemical Techniques

This module is designed to provide you with background theory to advanced 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 ways 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 techniques and instrumentation. You will be given the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills through presentations and posters sessions.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include exams and controlled assessments, laboratory experiments, written reports, technical specification reviews, literature review, group work, computer based assessments, problem-solving exercises, data interpretation exercises, project work and portfolios.

Progression Opportunities

Internal progression could be to a PGCE in Science or to an MA in Business depending on experience. External progression could be to a Masters Degree at another university in a range of subjects.

Career Opportunities

Your BSc (Hons) Applied Science (Biotechnology) will provide you with a wealth of skills and knowledge that will be relevant to many employment sectors. You will have the skills to be employed in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or in a medical or agricultural research establishment, as technicians or in production. The many transferable skills that you will gain during your studies ensure that you will be a suitable candidate for a wide variety of science careers, whether you want to be a laboratory-based research scientist or a science journalist.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC National Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship. *

*Must be in Science subjects. Applicants must have achieved grade 4 (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, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
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