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Queen Mary University of London

Biology with Foundation

UCAS Code: CCX2

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

To include Biology or Chemistry and a second science subject from any of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Please note: You will also be excepted to achieve a Pass grade in the practical endorsement for any of the following A levels - Biology, Chemistry, Physics - if taken with one of the Awarding Bodies in England.

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Overall Pass with a minimum of 48 Level 3 credits

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

To include grades 4,4,4 from three HL subjects including Biology or Chemistry and a second science.

Queen Mary University of London welcomes applications from students currently studying Level 3 BTEC qualifications and will consider you for entry to the majority of our undergraduate courses. The typical entry requirements will vary according to the course you are applying for. Some of our courses require specific subject knowledge which you may not be able to cover as part of a Level 3 BTEC qualification and we may therefore require additional Level 3 qualifications to ensure that you are suitably prepared for relevant courses. A small number of our courses do not accept BTEC qualifications for entry, either as a standalone qualification, or in combination with other qualifications at Level 3. Information on our typical entry requirements and guidance for applying can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/btec/ If you are at all unsure about the acceptability of your BTEC qualification for entry, please contact the Admissions team for individual advice ([email protected]).

UCAS Tariff

96

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Biology

Combine a foundation year with a traditional university degree in the biological sciences.
Get the skills and experience you need to study an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences with our integrated foundation programme, open to UK/EU and international students. You are guaranteed a place on one of the following programmes at Queen Mary if you pass the foundation year, without having to re-apply through UCAS:
Biochemistry BSc / MSci
Biology BSc
Biomedical Sciences BSc
Genetics BSc
Medical Genetics BSc
Neuroscience BSc
Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics BSc
Psychology BSc
Zoology BSc
As a foundation student you’ll have full access to all student facilities, including welfare, library, social and sport. UK and EU foundation students are eligible for funding through the Student Loans Company. You’ll be taught on our Mile End campus by experienced university staff who also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
You can choose your own pathway through this degree, with the option to carry out an additional year of advanced study to graduate with an MSci.

Modules

Year 1 Foundation year Below is the course structure for your foundation year. The structure and modules of the rest of your degree depend on which programme you progress onto. Compulsory A Closer Look at Chemistry Diversity and Ecology Form and Function in Biology Introductory Chemistry Molecules to Cells Choose from Communication in Science and Technology English Language I Choose from Mathematics I* Principles of Mathematics Choose from Mathematics I* Mathematics II* *You are allocated these modules automatically depending on your previous mathematics qualification.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 70% of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Mary University of London

Department:

Biological and Chemical 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.

74%
low
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 (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

76%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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Biology (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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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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