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University of Plymouth

Biological Sciences with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: C102

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

Entry requirements


32 to 48 Points - Minimum 2 A Levels to include a Grade E in a relevant science subject: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology, Environmental, Marine Science, Science in the Society. Exclude General Studies

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass Science based Access course

Considered in combination

Accepted in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

to include a science subject. Maths and English accepted within

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

MP

In a relevant subject

Considered in combination

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

PPP

In a relevant subject

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

M,M

In a relevant subject

Considered in combination

Accepted in combination

UCAS Tariff

32-48

Minimum 2 A Levels to include a Grade E in a relevant science subject: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology, Environmental, Marine Science, Science in the Society. Exclude General Studies

Considered in combination

Accepted in combination

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 | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Biology

Are you looking for an alternative route into our biology degrees? Whether you’re returning to study or your results weren't what you’d hoped for, this year zero foundation programme prepares you to enter any biology degree from Biological Sciences to Environmental Biotechnology. You will be taught at the University by the same academics as on our degrees and will gain the understanding and confidence needed for your degree, plus the study skills needed to succeed.

This course is an integrated part of a biology degree at Plymouth University. Successful completion of the foundation year (Year 0) provides progression onto Year 1 from a choice of biology degrees: BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology or BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences. With historical pass rates in excess of 85 per cent, you have an excellent chance of progression onto Year 1.
You will benefit from over 25 years of expertise in science foundation courses at Plymouth University, which continue to produce excellent degree candidates.
You will be prepared to study at degree level during the course, so unlike A levels or Access Courses, you will actually learn how to study at degree level, giving you a significant advantage once you move onto the degree itself.
Your studies can be funded through standard tuition fee loans – it does not require an upfront investment.
You will benefit from enthusiastic, supportive academic staff that have substantial experience in helping students realise their potential and who are active researchers in their fields.
You will be taught at the University itself – not on a satellite campus or in a tertiary college – and you will be taught by the same academic staff that teach on our other degrees.
You will benefit from the full University experience from day one – Fresher’s Week, a full university Library and IT provision and so on to fully support your studies.
The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

Modules

You will study biology alongside the core skills in mathematics, statistics and physics or chemistry needed to study biology in higher education. You will study two core modules of biology and a third covering contemporary issues in biology. A fourth core module covers the study skills and core mathematics that underpin study of biology. You will take optional modules in either chemistry or physics, plus a final module covering statistical skills needed to analyse and understand data. You will be supported through your studies and will have full access support from both the academic staff and wider University support services, such as the Sum Up service for mathematics and statistics support, our Library and our Learning Development team. We understand that not all students need the same levels or types of support and our support services are primed to assist students in a flexible way. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

37% of assessment is by exam, 58% by coursework and 5% practical assessment

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
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental 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.

84%
med
Biology

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.

Biology

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

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.

£16,800
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
43%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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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