Biological Sciences with Foundation Year BSc, 4 years

Start date:

2019

If you would love to study Biological Sciences here at Leicester, but your A-level subjects don’t match our entry criteria, or you don’t quite have the entry requirements to get in, this degree is your bridge to making it happen.

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, whose A-level subjects don’t match our entry criteria or who 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.

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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 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.

Course structure

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Modules

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

Modules

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 3

Year 3

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

Finally choose two option modules from:

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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