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Liverpool John Moores University

Biotechnology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: S006

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Minimum number of A Levels required: 1 Subject specific requirements: Preferably an A2 Level in a relevant science subject Is general studies acceptable? No Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Maximum AS points accepted: 20 Average A Level offer: CCD

Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: Overall Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects including a relevant science

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

MMM

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

88

Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades/subjects required: Pass. We will still require a total of 88 UCAS points

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Biotechnology

BSc (Hons) Biotechnology with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal course if you are interested in this subject, but lack the necessary qualifications to study it at degree level.

- A practical, hands-on course, taught using state-of-the-art teaching laboratories

- Gain an understanding of the principles and applications of biotechnology and practise the latest molecular, bioprocessing and analytical techniques

- Offers fascinating research projects in areas such as synthetic biology, genetic engineering of crop plants, fermentation technology, bioremediation and antimicrobial resistance

- Benefit from strong links with industry for industrial placements

- Excellent spring board into careers as diverse as biopharmaceutical manufacturing, drug discovery and development, food technology and biofuel production

- Opportunities to undertake a year’s industrial placement or Erasmus placement

- Stepping stone to postgraduate study in MSc Industrial Biotechnology

- Campus location: City Campus

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

•Skills and Perspectives in Biomolecular Sciences 1
•Introductory Chemistry and Cell Biology
•Fundamentals of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
•Skills and Perspectives in Biomolecular Science 2
•Human Anatomy and Physiology
•Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

Level 4

•Introduction to Biotechnology
•Introduction to Structural and Functional Biochemistry
•Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
•Practical Skills in Biotechnology
•Physiological Biochemistry
•Microbial Biotechnology 1

Level 5

•Research Methods in Biotechnology
•Microbial Biotechnology 2
•Sterile Pharmaceutical Products
•Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering 1
•Structural and Functional Biochemistry
•Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics

Sandwich degree

•Year-long industrial placement

Level 6

•Research Project
•Current Topics in Biotechnology
•Biotechnology Entrepreneurship
•Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering 2

The following options are offered:

•Microbial Technology
•Biomaterials
•Work-Based Learning

Assessment methods

We use a variety of assessment methods to give you opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills across a range of contexts. Most modules are assessed through a combination of exam and coursework and some via coursework only. Exams are normally held at the end of each semester.

•Exams may include a range of question types e.g. multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning and essay questions
•Coursework assessment could be in the form of phase tests, practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays or demonstrating competence in core practical skills. Most coursework assessments are based on individual assignments but some require group work

Feedback on coursework assessments is normally provided within three weeks of submission and may be via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you can improve your work.

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Faculty of Science

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


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Biotechnology

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
0%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Transport associate professionals

This is a new and emerging field of technology and not many people completed degrees in biotechnology last year — it’s more common as a Masters degree. Further study is common for graduates as research jobs usually require a postgraduate qualification. Those who do go straight into work typically go into a range of biology and lab jobs in several different industries, but a good grade can be particularly important for this qualification, so bear that in mind.

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