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Recent reports show that there is a shortage of graduates with knowledge and skills in plant science.
This course gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the core sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), study skills and introductory level maths, before progressing onto the degree.
You will develop your practical skills through lab work and field trips. You will also have the chance to gain further skills as part of our ‘Added Value’ programme and collaborate with biotech companies through the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab and advisory companies such as FAST Brogdale.
This course aims to develop you into a highly employable professional with transferable skills.
The shortage of knowledgeable graduates and a resurgence in the horticultural industry and modern high-tech “sustainable” growing techniques means there are exciting career prospects for plant scientists. From working as a soil scientist or biotechnologist to becoming a plant journalist or horticultural manager, the employment opportunities are diverse.
During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through the degree. You'll also learn the fundamentals of chemistry, biology, physics and introductory maths, so that you are prepared to study science in depth from Year 1 onward.
Throughout the degree, you'll gain a sound understanding of cell biology and you'll develop critical analysis skills. You'll go on to gain a deep understanding of taxonomy and classification, plant genetics and evolution, plant physiology and how this is influenced by the environment, and plant responses to external stimuli.
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
During the foundation year, you'll study the core sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as introductory level maths. You'll also develop essential study skills to help you throughout your degree.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, field trips, visits to employers, seminars, guest speaker lectures and practical workshops. You'll also benefit from tutorial sessions where you can discuss your work and progress with an individual personal tutor, and small group seminars focusing on specific topics.
The course is designed to support you in becoming a confident, independent learner and some of your learning will be through experimentation and observation.
In the first year, two thirds of each module are delivered as practical experimentation either in laboratories, IT labs or in the field. These sessions are supplemented by lectures, and seminars/workshops where you feedback from your structured independent study.
In the second year, you'll continue laboratory and field based experimentation and you'll start analysing published research.
In the final year the teaching will move into student-led workshops where you'll discuss published research papers
All teaching material is posted on the virtual learning environment.
Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module director will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class through the virtual learning environment.
For the 40 credit individual study in your final year, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the teaching team who you will meet with regularly.
Each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study which includes formal contact (lectures, practicals, tutorials, workshops), structured independent learning (prescribed reading and/or online exercises) and independent learning.
Each module in the foundation year and Year 1 has 60 hours of formal contact, supplemented with 40 hours of structured independent learning. As you develop and become more independent, formal contact and structured learning reduces to 50 hours of contact and 30 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 2 and 40 hours of contact and 20 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 3.
The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience. They are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.
All our core team members hold doctoral qualifications and most hold or are working toward postgraduate teaching qualifications. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team web page.
Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.
You should note that members of the teaching team might change.
Science is all about playful juggling with ideas and trying to find and explain the unknown in our quest to generate new knowledge and ensure the survivability of our future generations. Recent developments in plant genetics research have opened up many new Pandora’s Boxes of pleasurable confusions and possibly new solutions to develop new and resilient crop plants which could withstand harsh environmental conditions to meet our growing food demands.Dr Naeem SyedPlant Science Lecturer
Assessment is by both coursework and examination. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each year you will be set formative assignments to go through with your tutor. There will also be 'formative' assessment within some of the modules. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There are also formal or 'summative' assessment. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year individual study project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Coursework assessments permit you to develop key scientific and transferable skills and assignments include: scientific lab/log books, written reports, written scientific papers, discursive essays, PowerPoint presentations and poster presentations. There is a maximum of two assessments per 20 credit module studied.
You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.
The course allows graduates not only to enter a wide variety of career pathways, but also for those who wish to enter postgraduate study at masters or PhD level. The course also forms a solid platform of knowledge permitting graduates to undertake subject specific training in areas such as plant breeding, plant production and advisory roles.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
|Part-time - years 1-3 *||£4,625||N/A|
|Full-time - placement year *||£1,850||N/A|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £4,625 / £1,850 relate to 2021/22 only.
Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
This course is associated with the university’s Industry Liaison Labs at Discovery Park, Sandwich. You will have the opportunity to undertake laboratory work at this site. The location of these specialist facilities within an industrial setting facilitates access to and collaboration with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
The University’s Industry Liaison Lab works with many companies in healthcare research and development, drug discovery and equipment design and manufacture.
"Venomtech have been very impressed with our partners at Canterbury Christ Church University, this partnership has enabled us to progress projects much faster than we could on our own. This includes being able to generate novel data on the use of our products through student projects, advancing research into new antibiotics and cancer therapies from venoms and increasing the understanding of invertebrate welfare. Generation of this proof of concept data has, and continues to have, a positive influence with our potential customers and therefore our business. I also impart my 10+ years industrial drug discovery experience directly to the students as part of the Drug Discovery and Development module.
As a science employer in the area, Venomtech benefit greatly from being directly involved in the curriculum to make sure the new graduates have the skills useful to employers. This includes an understanding of applied drug discovery that will make CCCU graduates stand out from others in job interviews.”
Steve Trim, CEO, Venomtech Ltd
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