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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Biology with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Biosciences and chemistry

Gain experience in molecular, genetic and whole organism biology – and understand its impact in commercial and research settings.


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £13,995 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 through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A046
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Develop the biological, chemical and mathematical skills you need to solve biological problems.
  • Conduct research in both theoretical and practical areas of biology.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the breadth of biological sciences through extensive lab work and fieldwork opportunities.
  • Take the opportunity to complete a work placement 
  • Transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers

You will develop the ability to solve biological problems and enhance your practical and digital skills for a career in biological sciences or other occupations requiring creative, analytical thinkers.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) courses, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year. You will build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical laboratory sessions. You will also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities — ensuring that you are fully prepared to begin at degree level study.

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.

Through the exploration of biological concepts within modules such as plant physiology & anatomy, environmental biosciences and evolutionary & behavioural biology you will gain a breadth of understanding across key biological disciplines. This is supplemented by optional modules in your second and final years allowing you to explore further subjects of your choice.

The foundation course content is delivered and assessed in a variety of innovative and exciting ways, helping you to gain skills required for success on your chosen degree route. You will study 6 modules designed to prepare you for future success while studying one of our bioscience or chemistry degrees. Attending and participating in the laboratory activities is central to your course, as it is where you develop not only practical skills, but also learn to keep effective records and analyse data, as well as working both independently and with others.

With a strong focus on employability throughout you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills desired by graduate science-sector employers or post graduate education providers.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • interactive workshops
  • small group academic tutorials
  • scenario-based laboratory sessions and field work
  • project work

Course leaders and tutors

Jane Gurman
Jane Gurman
Senior Lecturer

Applied learning

Work placements

Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in the lab, there is the opportunity to apply for a year-long placement between your second and final year. This will give you the chance to apply theory and practice in the workplace. Alternatively, you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements all of which will provide you with experience to give you a significant start to your career. 

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

You can apply for a placement in the UK or use the opportunity to work abroad for example in Europe, with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme. 

We have a wide range of major national and multinational placement partners, including GlaxoSmithKline, Covance, Eurofins and other universities.

You will have opportunities to complete valuable field work. This could include exploring the natural environment of the Peak District, visiting Sheffield Botanical Gardens and a UK-based residential ecological and environmental field course – all at no additional cost.

Research projects

During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area. Opportunities are available for both lab and non lab-based science projects allowing you the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • analytical science 
  • scientific sales and marketing
  • pharmaceutical research and development analysis
  • biotechnology industry
  • scientific communication/journalism
  • teaching
  • agriculture
  • environmental science and conservation

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 through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

Our teaching and research laboratories are equipped with industry standard instrumentation which you will learn how to use in scenario-based practical sessions. Examples of facilities you will have access to include:

  • our award winning cell culture suites with laminar flow hoods and incubatorsan extensive range of analytical equipment, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC)
  • real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids
  • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis

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Entry requirements

All students

64 UCAS points, including 24 points from one full A level, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Also at least 16 points from a science subject (biology/chemistry/physics or maths). We do not accept general studies.

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

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 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
Module: Biology: Cells And Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Biology: Organs And Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Chemistry: Energy And Reactions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
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
Practical
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 Assessment
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

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
Module: Plant Biotechnology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/2022 are £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/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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, 248.4KB)

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