Laboratory Science (Foundation Degree): 3-year, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
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3 years part-time


1-3 evenings a week

Other entry years for this course


This Foundation Degree in Laboratory Science provides an opportunity for Laboratory Scientist Higher Apprentices to gain the technical skills, academic knowledge and transferable skills to enable them to meet Apprenticeship Standard. It is available only to candidates working towards the Higher Apprenticeship for Laboratory Scientists (Analytical Science or Life Sciences specialisms).

The programme consists of modules from the BSc Biomedicine and/or BSc Structural Molecular Biology, covering molecular cell biology, biological chemistry, human genetics and laboratory training in a variety of modern molecular biology techniques. You will also complete a work-based module and options that will develop skills and competencies related to your employment.

From May 2017 levy-paying employers will fund their apprentices' studies via their digital account from the Digital Apprenticeship Service. Click here for more information.

Please note: students on this programme are funded by their employer so not eligible for a student loan.

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  • Birkbeck's Department of Biological Sciences provides state-of-the-art, specialist laboratories and facilities at the heart of academic London.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK.
  • You will be taught by internationally distinguished experts who work with governments and institutions around the globe to extend the boundaries of knowledge.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint institute between Birkbeck and UCL, our Department is recognised for the excellence and international impact of its research.
  • You will be part of a community of learners who are focused on learning and determined to succeed.
  • We provide a wide range of help and support.
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Course structure

You complete 6 compulsory modules in Year 1, a compulsory work-based learning module and an option related to your employment in Year 2, and a core module in Year 3.

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