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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Biology with Foundation Year

Gain a degree in biology, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 64 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A046
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.
  • Attain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biological, chemical and mathematical skills suitable to investigate and describe the biological world.
  • Develop the confidence and ability to solve biological problems.
  • Conduct research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills of project management.

Take part in rigorous intellectual training that cultivates an interest in current developments at the frontiers of the subject. Gain an underpinning knowledge of chemistry, physics and maths, taught in context. Enhance your skills for a career in biology or any occupation requiring confident, creative, analytical thinkers.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) 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.

The course includes a coherent programme theme to enable you to develop as professional biologists, operating beyond just knowledge acquisition. You have the capability to act on opportunities and apply learning to solve problems, whether theoretical or applied.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • scenario-based laboratory sessions.

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.

Course leaders and tutors

Melissa Lacey
Melissa Lacey
Senior Lecturer

I have taught microbiology, immunology and biochemistry. I am an active researcher in bacterial biofilms, novel - antibacterial agents and hospital acquired infectio … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in the lab, you can apply for an optional fourth-year work placement, which gives you the chance to apply theory and practice in the workplace. Alternatively, you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements to enhance your future career goals.

You can apply for a placement in the UK or use the opportunity to work abroad in Europe, America and further afield. We have a wide range of major national and multinational placement partners, including

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Covance
  • Eurofins
  • Universities

Field trips

Complete valuable field work, which has previously included exploring contrasting environments in the Peak District, visits to Sheffield Botanical gardens and a UK-based residential ecological and environmental field course, all at no additional costs.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries
  • agriculture
  • research
  • teaching
  • government support

Many graduates progress to specialist masters courses or carry out research for a PhD to enhance their qualifications.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Location

Howard Street
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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will work with

  • modern and well-equipped facilities
  • specialist cell culture laboratories that replicate industry equipment
  • measure gene expression using quantitative PCR

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

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.

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. 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
  • Science at grade C or 4

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.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


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
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biology: Cells And Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Biology: Organs And Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Chemistry: Energy And Reactions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Maths Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Skills Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Environmental Biosciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Human Physiology And Anatomy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Plant Physiology And Anatomy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Ecology And Environmental Biosciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Evolutionary And Behavioural Biology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Molecular Biology And Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Cell Biology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Pathological Basis Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Topics In Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Plant Biotechnology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Bioethics And Bioinformatics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Bioethics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Bioinformatics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Environmental Biotechnology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Neurobiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Practical

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 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)

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