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London Metropolitan University

Sciences (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: CF16

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Biology

**Why study this course?**

This four-year degree includes a built-in foundation year (Year 0) that provides the knowledge necessary for entry on to one of our science-based BSc (Hons) courses. Designed for those with little to no scientific background, this course is ideal if you can’t meet the entry requirements for a standard undergraduate degree in science.

**More about this course**

During this course some of your teaching and learning will take place in our renowned Science Centre, which is home to our Superlab, one of the largest and most advanced science facilities in Europe. Equipped with 280 state-of-the-art workstations, it’s the perfect environment for you to gain practical skills and work independently on different experiments. You’ll be taught by tutors who are experts in their fields and whose years of experience in the industry will inform you learning.

The foundation year will see you gain the knowledge and key skills you’ll need in your subsequent years of scientific studies. It serves as an introduction to the core modules that are essential for a career in science, biology, chemistry and numeracy. You’ll also have the chance to study one of two optional modules, biochemistry or nutrition and sports science.

Following your foundation year you’ll be ready to build on the knowledge you’ve acquired and progress on to one of our science-related BSc (Hons) degrees. You’ll study a wide variety of core and optional modules designed to give you the skills, qualifications and expertise necessary for a rewarding career.

Depending on the course you choose, in your third year you may also have the option to undertake a work placement, allowing you to establish invaluable connections and gain practical industry experience.

The course content and module choices for your subsequent three years of study will be no different to the options available to those following the three-year course without a foundation year.

On completion of the four-year course you will graduate with the same full undergraduate degree as those who studied the traditional three-year course.
This course is recognised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). If you are eligible, funding for the foundation year will follow the standard undergraduate funding regulations.

**What our students say**

“It was very beneficial for me to study at London Metropolitan University as I am an adult student with a family and small children. The university timetable and the regulations suited me very well. I do not think I could have made it to this point if it were not for London Met. The lecturers were very helpful and friendly."

Modules

Year 0 modules include:

Biology (core, 30 credits)
Scientific Studies (core, 30 credits)
Biochemistry (alternative core, 30 credits)
Chemistry (alternative core, 30 credits)
Nutrition and Sports Science (alternative core, 30 credits).

Modules for the subsequent three years of the degree course will vary depending on the course you choose to take after your foundation year.

Assessment methods

Assessment in your foundation year consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports and presentations – you’ll also receive feedback throughout your foundation year.

The assessment methods for the subsequent three years of the course depend on the specific science subject you choose to pursue following your foundation year.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Human Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biology

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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
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
D

After graduation


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Biology

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.

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