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Natural Sciences (Biology) (including foundation year)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

You will be required to have English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

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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 | 2022

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time day | 2022

Subjects

Biology

Natural sciences

**Why study this course?**

Our Natural Sciences (Biology) (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) will provide you with a thorough introduction to the study of science, giving you the skills you’ll need to study natural sciences, and particularly biology, at undergraduate level.

The degree is ideal if you can’t meet the entry requirements for a standard undergraduate degree or if you’re looking to build your confidence in scientific theory and techniques before going on to more in-depth study of biology and natural sciences later in your degree.

**More about this course**

The foundation year on our four-year Natural Sciences (Biology) (including foundation year) will introduce you to key concepts in biology and provide you with the basic mathematical knowledge, scientific understanding and laboratory techniques that you’ll need to succeed when studying a science-based subject at undergraduate level.

As well as being designed to develop vital scientific skills, the foundation year will also allow you to progress into your subsequent years of study with confidence, as you’ll also be introduced to ways of improving your time management, writing and study skills.

Following your foundation year, you will focus more heavily on natural sciences and biology, studying the same course content and having the same choice of modules as those who study our Natural Sciences (Biology) BSc (Hons) degree.

Taught in our state-of-the-art superlab – one of Europe’s largest and most advanced teaching labs – you will have access to an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment and have the opportunity to collaborate with other students in this impressive facility.

This course shares its foundation year with a number of our other foundation year degrees, allowing you to share ideas across a wide range of scientific disciplines.

If, following your foundation year, you decide that you’d like to specialise in a different science-related subject, there is some flexibility to allow you to do this.

On graduation, you will be awarded a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Modules

The modules listed below represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details are subject to change. For full module details please visit the course page on the University website.

Example Year 0 modules include:

Biochemistry (core, 15 credits);
Biology (core, 30 credits);
Chemistry (core, 30 credits);
Scientific Studies (core, 30 credits);
Foundation Year Project (CPS) (core, 15 credits)

Year 1 modules include:

Fundamental Chemical Concepts (core, 15 credits);
General Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Introduction to Laboratory Skills (core, 15 credits);
Cell Biology (core, 15 credits);
Biochemistry (core, 15 credits);
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits);
Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits);
Key Principles in Chemistry (core, 15 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Quantitative Analysis (core, 16 credits);
Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits);
Microbiology (option, 15 credits);
Metabolism (option, 15 credits);
Coordination and Solution Chemistry of d and f Block Complexes (option, 15 credits);
Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Delivery (option, 15 credits);
Kinetics and Surface Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits);
Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry (option, 15 credits);
Human Immunity (option, 15 credits);
Ethics for Science (option, 15 credits);
Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (option, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Research Project (core, 30 credits);
Advanced Physical Chemistry (option, 15 credits);
Toxicology (option, 15 credits);
Clinical Biochemistry (option, 5 credits);
Fundamentals of Biotechnology (option, 15 credits);
Advanced Inorganic Techniques (option, 15 credits);
Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (option, 15 credits);
Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 5 credits);
Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (option, 15 credits);
Biochemical Pathology (option, 15 credits);
Formulations and Quality Assurance of Solids and Semi-solids (option, 15 credits);
Virology (option, 15 credits);
Genomics (option, 15 credits);
Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 15 credits);
Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessments will include practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Human Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biology

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
21%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

Others in biological sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

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.

Biosciences

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.

£17,108
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

Others in biological sciences

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.

96%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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