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Sheffield Hallam University

Human Biology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A048

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent Science at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

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From A levels including at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies. For example: CC at A Level MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

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

Human biology

**Course summary**

- Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.

- Gain a comprehensive understanding of biological principles of anatomy, physiology, cell biology, reproduction, genetics and biochemistry

- Develop confidence and ability to engage with exciting current developments at the frontiers of human biology.

- Carry out a research project on a topic area that interests you.

Human beings are complex and fascinating. In an age when there is so much discovery transforming our approach to medicine, genomics, stem cells and lifestyle, this course offers a real opportunity to have an important impact on the world.

**How you learn**

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Human Biology course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other biosciences and chemistry foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Attending and participating in the laboratory activities is central to your course, as it's where you develop not only practical skills, but also learn to keep effective records, analyse data, design and plan procedures as well as working both independently and with others.

**You learn through**

- core lectures

- laboratory work

- small group academic tutorials

In the foundation year, you’ll attain the academic and practical skills required for level 4 study. You’ll build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical lab sessions. You’ll also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities — ensuring that you’re fully prepared to begin as an undergraduate.

**Applied learning
Work placements**

In year four, you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in the real world with a work placement. This is an important chance to gain the experience and professional skills that can give you the all-important edge at the start of your career. Work experience of any sort helps to attract the attention of future employers.

We offer you the opportunity to apply for placements in a wide range of institutions, including the NHS, schools and colleges, industry and medical research. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time on placement, such as during the summer. This shorter placement can also contribute to your degree. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Live projects**

Mini-projects are included in the second and third year where you develop experimental design and planning abilities as well as building confidence in practical skills. These lead to a more independent extended research project during the final BSc year, with further advanced projects being undertaken if you continue for an additional MSci year.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules
Biology: Cells And Molecules - 20
Biology: Organs And Systems - 20
Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules - 20
Chemistry: Energy And Reactions - 20
Maths - 20
Skills Development - 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology - 20
Human Physiology And Anatomy - 20
Human Reproduction And Development - 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs - 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills - 20
Topics In Human Biology - 20
Year 3
Compulsory modules

Advanced Cell Biology - 20
Control Physiology - 20
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry - 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 - 40
Elective modules
Immunology And Microbiology - 20
Pathological Basis Of Disease - 20
Year 4
Compulsory modules
Professional And Scientific Practice 3 - 20
Final year
Compulsory modules
Human Nutrition - 20
Neurobiology - 20
Research Project - 40
Elective modules
Applied Biochemistry - 20
Bioethics And Bioinformatics - 20
Bioethics And Human Genetics - 20
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics - 20
Pharmacology - 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams
Practicals

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
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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.

77%
med
Human 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.

Others in biosciences

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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
95%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

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.

Others in 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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Natural and social science professionals
22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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