Biological Sciences with Foundation Year BSc, 4 years

Start date:

2019

This is for you if... you want to study Biological Sciences or Medical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester, but don’t have the necessary entry requirements.

UCAS code
C199
Department
Biological Sciences

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries: Dr Karl Herbert, Programme Director
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School of Biological Sciences

Course description

Course description

This Foundation Year programme is aimed at students who wish to study Biological Sciences or Medical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester, but don’t have the necessary entry requirements.

Completion of the integrated Foundation Year at the level required will enable you to progress onto the first year of the BSc in Biological Sciences, from where you will be able to transfer, if you wish, onto one of our other, more specialised Biological Sciences or Medical Sciences degrees.

You will be taught by expert academic staff from across a number of departments in the College of Life Sciences, studying alongside other students in the School of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Psychology.

The course strongly emphasises the development of the study skills that will be necessary for success in your undergraduate studies and beyond. These study skills will be integrated within the course material and take advantage of innovative learning technologies.

During your Foundation Year you will join our student community and be able to enjoy all aspects of the University of Leicester student experience. You will be able to join the Students’ Union, use our academic and leisure facilities, live in our accommodation and access all of our support services.

You will have a personal tutor to support you, and our excellent staff/student ratio means that you will get all the help you need throughout your studies.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

GCSEs: Typically minimum grades of C in English Language, C in Maths and C in two sciences (or double science)

A-levels: Typically CCC–CCD depending on subjects, normally including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology (preferred), Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Note: This course is open only to applicants from the UK and EU.


English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Additional costs for the BSc in Biological Science

The third year option module Microbial Biotechnology includes a field trip. The cost of this field trip is included in your tuition fee.

The third year option module Suptropical Physiology and Ecology includes an optional field trip. The cost of this field trip is £1,500 and is not included in your tuition fee.

The third year option module Behavioural Ecology includes an optional field trip. The cost of this field trip is £450 and is not included in your tuition fee.

International Students

This course is open only to applicants from the UK and EU.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our ‘Careers After Biological Sciences’ series of lectures features Leicester graduates giving insights into their career experiences and good advice for finding jobs.

In the summer vacation between Years 2 and 3, a range of internal research placements are available in research labs, giving you the chance to develop your scientific skills.

We run bespoke bioscience careers events in the summer term each year, based on what our students tell us about their career intentions.

As a student in the School of Biological Sciences, you are welcome to attend seminars in any department, presented by national and international experts in the biosciences. This allows you to enhance your knowledge and get useful insights into current topics.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Modules

  • Fundamentals of Biological Sciences
  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Biological Sciences: Molecules to Systems

You will also develop the core study skills necessary for successful university level study, including problem solving, team working, research techniques, report writing skills, presentation skills, information handling and IT skills.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 1

Year 1

  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (double module)
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology (double module)
  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics
  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (double module)
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Core module

  • Research Topic

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:
  • Genomes
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Physiology of Excitable Cells
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Evolutionary and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
Then choose three option modules from:
  • Exercise Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Genes, Development and Inheritance
  • Eukaryotic Microbiology and Immunology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Behavioural Neurobiology
  • Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour
  • A Field Guide to Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Gene Expression: Molecular Basis and Medical Relevance
  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Plant Identification Skills
  • Human Genetics
  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Conservation Biology
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Protein Complexes: from Cells to Molecules
Then choose one pair of option modules from:
  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)
  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one option module from the list below
  • Steered Research Project (double module) plus one option module from the list below
Finally choose two option modules from:
  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Contemporary Issues in Biochemistry
  • Genomics: A Microbial Perspective
  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Neuroscience Futures
  • Genes and Development
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour
  • Cellular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Current and Future Therapeutics
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution
  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology
  • Behavioural Ecology

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

Most of your teaching will be delivered through lectures, which may include practical demonstrations. Individual lecture styles vary considerably, depending on the topic – and the lecturer! In tutorials, a small group of students meets with a member of staff for an hour to discuss and explore topics, or solve problems as a group. Some tutorials will require you to research a particular topic beforehand.

Your exams in the Foundation Year will involve multiple choice and short answer questions. The coursework will allow you to develop your study skills. At the end of the first semester in the Foundation Year you will be able to review your overall performance, enabling you to closely monitor your progress and, if necessary, adjust your work pattern.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they are academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

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