The Department of Biosciences offers an integrated four year BSc Biology with Foundation Year scheme. This scheme combines a foundation year followed by the standard BSc modules, making it appropriate for students who do not have the necessary entry requirements for one of our three year degree schemes. At the end of the foundation year, students will progress to one of our three Single Honours degree schemes: BSc Biology, BSc Marine Biology or BSc Zoology.
Core knowledge and understanding of science is acquired in the foundation year. In the first semester of the scheme, students complete modules in environmental science and key skills training. In the second semester, students study foundation biology and their transferable skills training progresses to include data analysis and presentation skills. Students on the four year integrated scheme also benefit from additional contact time with staff.
Our typical offer is CCD from three A levels or equivalent to include Biology.
BTEC: DMM (with significant biology content, excluding animal management and healthcare studies); Grade C at AS or A level Biology/Human Biology would be an advantage.
Access to HE (Science): 27 Merits to include Biology.
IB: 24 (including 4 Higher Level or 7 Standard Level in Biology/Human Biology)
Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applicants with GCSE qualifications alone.
General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.
All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.
Year 0 (Level 3)
Entry Level 3 / Year 0
Techniques in Ecology: An introduction
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Dealing with data
Development of Key Skills for Biologists
Introduction to Programming
Fundamental Mathematics Skills for Natural Scientists.
As scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within biology and ecology.
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