BSc (Honours)/MSci Biology with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Biology with Foundation Year

Get research and industry-ready on our sustainability-focused biology course – from animal and plant physiology to biochemistry, genetics, evolution and data-science.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    64 UCAS Points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    A046

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


Course summary

  • Train in state-of-the-art laboratories and our award-winning tissue cultures suite.
  • Work with biology experts to complete your own cutting-edge research.
  • Gain the coding skills you need to approach biological data.
  • Design real-world solutions such as sustainable manufacturing processes and ecological recovery.
  • Take an optional placement year and gain invaluable practical experience within an industrial environment.

Our BSc Biology course develops your knowledge and skills in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and animal, plant and microbial manipulation. You can adapt the degree to your interests, with a choice of modules in your third year. You can also transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research-intensive study.


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll be taught by experts on this course – all our staff are active researchers. Your learning will be linked to departmental research themes, ensuring your taught material is at the forefront of science. You’ll also have opportunities to complete your own research, and you’ll work on real-world projects alongside industry professionals to develop your commercial awareness.

We’ll teach you to apply your knowledge to increasingly complex problems, encouraging you to think independently. You’ll develop a questioning, probing approach and apply creative solutions to difficult issues. We’ll make sure you are stretched and challenged through real-world case studies, presentations and peer and self-assessments.

You’ll learn through:

  • In-person seminars, lectures and workshops
  • Independent study, supported by tutorials and your academic adviser
  • Practical laboratory experiences with industry-standard equipment
  • Placements 
  • Research opportunities
  • Field work
  • Real-life projects
  • Simulated environments
  • Networking opportunities

Key themes

In your first year, you’ll study introductory cellular biochemistry, organs and tissues – as well as plant, microbial and animal evolution in an environmental context.

In your second year, we’ll cover evolutionary biology, animal behaviour and the human biological condition, plus cell, molecular and synthetic biology. 

In your final year you explore plant, microbial and environmental biotechnology – with an emphasis on industrial applications for synthetic biology with associated regulatory affairs, ethical and societal aspects of biology. You’ll choose from a wide range of modules this year, and you’ll complete an independent research project.

Course support

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources to help you to plan and structure your assignments.

Course leaders and tutors

Jane Gurman
Jane Gurman
Senior Lecturer

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to complete a year-long placement between your second and third year. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

Previous students have completed placements for companies and organisations such as Kew Gardens, Labcorp, Porton Down and John Innes Institute.

Live projects

You’ll have the opportunity to work on research projects for real-world organisations such as Galileo Pharmaceuticals – a company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics to treat metabolic diseases.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Analytical science
  • Scientific sales and marketing
  • Pharmaceutical research and development analysis
  • The biotechnology industry
  • Scientific communication or journalism
  • Teaching
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental science and conservation

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Various wildlife trusts
  • Rentokil
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
  • Labcorp
  • AstraZeneca

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

You’ll have access to various collaborative and independent learning spaces, and a large suite of high-quality laboratories. You’ll use the same industry-standard equipment and software that you’ll be using in your career.

On this course you work with:

  • Analytical tools such as HPLC and gas chromatography equipment.
  • Our award-winning cell culture suites with laminar flow hoods and incubators.
  • High-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis.
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction equipment.

If you transfer to the MSci route, you’ll work alongside PhD students and scientists in our research centre, with access to a range of cutting-edge facilities.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

From A levels to include at least 24 points in any one A level and at least 16 points from a science subject (biology/chemistry/human biology). Or BTEC National qualification in Applied Science. We do not accept general studies. For example:

  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification in either Health -Care Science or Science with D or E from core.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

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

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent.
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Concepts In Biology And Chemistry
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Developing Skills For Science
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundation Skills For Science
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundations Of Biology And Chemistry
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Demonstrating Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Evolution And Environmental Biology
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Fundamentals Of Life Sciences
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Introducing Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Applying Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Developing Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Ecology, Advanced Evolution And Animal Behaviour
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Molecular And Cellular Biochemistry
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Year 4

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year For Biosciences And Chemistry
Credits -
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Plant And Environmental Biotechnology
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Research Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(80%) , Practical(20%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Genetics
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Applications Of Data Science
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applied Biochemistry
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Human Nutrition And Health
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Neurobiology And Neurophysiology
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Pharmacology
Credits 20
Assessment Exam(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF, 331.6KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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