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Aston University, Birmingham

Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences & Pharmacy

UCAS Code: H190

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-C,C,C

Biology progression requires CCC in three A Level subjects, which must include Biology. Neuroscience progression requires CCC in three A Level subjects which must include either Biology or Chemistry. Pharmacy progression requires you to achieve a total of three A-Levels and the grades will vary depending on how many science subjects you are taking. We accept the following sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths 0 Sciences - BBB 1 Science - BBC 2 Sciences - BCC 3 Sciences - CCC.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29-27

Bioscience progression requires 27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4 which must include Biology. Neurosciences progression requires 27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4 which must include Biology or Chemistry. Pharmacy progression requires 29 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 4, which must include two science from Biology, Chemistry or Physics OR 31 points overall and grade 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level in any subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

For all progression routes you are required to achieve Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science subject only.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Health sciences

Our one year Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy, is tailored to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to progress onto a related undergraduate degree. We’re dedicated to supporting students who wish to achieve their full potential, so if you don’t initially qualify for bioscience, neuroscience or pharmacy undergraduate study with us, this course has been created to prepare you.

Studying a science foundation programme with us not only consolidates your existing skills and knowledge, but it builds on them. Making for a smooth and supported transition into the University environment. You’ll learn to evaluate and analyse data, prepare reports and presentations as well as the use of appropriate software packages. During the course, you will study modules in relevant science topics and develop the professional skills required to succeed in your chosen progression subject area.

Throughout your time with us, you will receive support and tutelage from expert academic staff and have access to a wide range of modern facilities. Upon graduation, providing suitable grades are achieved as per our progression criteria, progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree programme is guaranteed.

This course is suitable for progression onto the following courses:

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (including optional integrated MBiol masters year)
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons) Neuroscience
MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy

Modules

The course content you will study has been specifically selected to ensure you are ready to progress onto undergraduate level. It includes a combination of science and numeracy-based topics, as well as practical professional skills.You’ll have access to a wide range of academic and research expertise, modern facilities, and cutting-edge technology.

In addition to your subject specific knowledge, our foundation course aims to build your key skills, such as team working, leadership and interpersonal abilities to start you on your path towards your future career.

Core modules: Senses and Perception, Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, Mathematics for Health Scientists, Professional Skills, Foundation Chemistry I, Foundation Chemistry II, and Biological and Biochemical Science Foundations. You will also study two optional modules.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from our expert academics who come from a wide range of life and health science specialisms and backgrounds. We also have the Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support, and a peer-assisted learning scheme.

You will be taught via a variety of learning methods such as: lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, and other independent study. You’ll also complete group projects, designed to give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

College of Health and Life Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

65%
low
Health sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
61%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

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