BSc (Hons) Initial Year for Extended Degree in Science - Biological Science

About the course

The Extended Science Degree is designed as a preparatory year to enable you to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills you need to progress to the first year of many of our science Degrees.

You don’t need to decide which course you will progress to at this point, just apply to Initial Year for Extended Degree in Science - Biological Science – UCAS Code B900. Your tutor will support you with making a decision and supporting you through the application of progression. Progression is dependent on achievement. Please note that some courses have specific academic and non-academic requirements in order to progress such as an interview and/or satisfactory DBS. Please contact us to find out which requirements apply to which course.

You may choose from the following progression route Science Degree Courses:

Study location

The initial year is taught at North Hertfordshire College, Oaklands College, Hertford Regional College and West Herts College. You will be taught over two semesters (A and B). In semester A, you will study three core modules in addition to either Mathematics for Scientists or Mathematics. In semester B you will study one core module and choose three optional modules depending on the honours degree you intend to progress to when you complete your Extended degree. 

On successful completion of the initial year you will continue on to your degree studies at the University of Hertfordshire.

You will study one year at the college and progress onto the University of Hertfordshire for another 3 years (full-time) – 4 years total.

Or you will study one year at the college and progress onto the University of Hertfordshire for another 4 years (sandwich or MPharm) – 5 years total.

Why choose this course?

This programme is an ideal alternative route to higher education as it prepares you for progression to a suitable Honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire. 


When you complete your chosen degree you may apply for jobs/ further training in the industry/ service of your choice. Your career options will depend on your chosen degree from subjects including: Applied Biology, Astrophysics, Geography, Pharmaceutical Science, Environmental Studies, Sports Sciences and Nutrition. Some examples of eventual careers are: scientific work in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry; environmental science; teaching; management; and in the food industry and retailers.