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London Metropolitan University

Biological Science (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: B904

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Biology

**Why study this course?**

Our Biological Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree is designed to give you the opportunity to enter higher education if you can’t meet the requirements or don’t hold traditional qualifications required to enter a three-year undergraduate degree.

This four-year course has a built-in foundation year (Year 0) to help you improve your study skills and provide you with the fundamental scientific knowledge you’ll need to enter an undergraduate degree in human sciences. You’ll graduate with the same degree title and award as students on the traditional three-year route.

**More about this course**

Our Biological Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will equip you with intricate skills necessary to interpret and analyse biological data.

Throughout your four-year degree you’ll receive exceptional support from experienced staff including your lecturers, mentors and careers services. Most of your teaching will take place in our £30 million Science Centre, where you’ll have access to workstations and tools that mimic a real scientific environment.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other disciplines, which will provide the perfect opportunity to learn more about other areas of human sciences and allow you to consider different perspectives. The focus of this year will be on developing your study skills in the context of biochemistry, biology, chemistry and generic scientific studies.

During your subsequent three years of study you’ll be joined by students from the Biological Studies BSc (Hons) course, and you’ll study the same content with the same choice of modules. If you find that you’d like to change the specialism of your study, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.

Modules

Example modules in Year 0 include:

- Biochemistry
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Scientific Studies

Example modules in Year 1 include:

- Anatomy and Physiology
- Biochemistry
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Chemistry (for Bioscience)
- Laboratory Science

Example modules in Year 2 include:

- Human Immunity
- Metabolism
- Microbiology
- Molecular Biology
- Parasitology
- Tissues Science
- Ethics for Science
- Micronutrient Physiology

Example modules in Year 3 include:

- Biochemical Pathology
- Energy Metabolism and Endocrinology
- Fundamentals of Biotechnology
- Infection Control
- Project
- Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling
- Systems Pathology
- Work Placement

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, course work, practical reports, essays, presentations, data analysis and interpretation exercises, as well as the production and maintenance of a personal profile and curriculum vitae.

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Human Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
33%
2:1 or above
32%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Biology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,108
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

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