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University of Bolton

Medical Biology with foundation year

UCAS Code: C250

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

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Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics or a science subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science. Please note that Health and Social Care is not acceptable as a biology or science related subject. To help you understand what UCAS points are equivalent to, in terms of grades, please visit the University of Bolton’s webpage below for some examples of grades from popular qualifications: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/ucas-tariff/

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About this course


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Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Healthcare science

Our BSc (Hons) Medical Biology with Foundation is a great opportunity to develop a solid understanding of human biology from a medical perspective. It’s designed to equip you with the skills and understanding needed for a career in biomedical science, or to prepare you for further study, including graduate-level entry into Medicine or Dentistry.

Understanding how the human body works – and the need to continuously develop and improve ways to diagnose and treat disease – is integral to improving both the length and quality of our lives. Medical biology is therefore a huge and vital topic. This is your opportunity to take big steps into the subject and develop an understanding of its key principles, concepts and applications. As well as teaching the human biology aspects of medical biology, we’ve designed the course to demonstrate key principles and advancements relating to the medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical job markets.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and mathematics alongside study skills development. It is designed to prepare you for degree level study.

You’ll have the chance to familiarise yourself with the fundamentals of human biology from molecular to organ level. Our dedicated and expert team will also introduce you to the principles of scientific investigation that relate to medical biology. As you progress, you’ll build on these themes in a range of ways, taking a medical perspective on disease and treatment.

The course aims to help you develop skills that will be of value should you wish to apply for medical school entrance exams, and gives you the chance to gain experience using a wide variety of relevant biomedical instrumentation.

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

Biology Form and Function
Foundation Mathematics
Skills 101
Cell and Molecular Biology
Chemistry of Life
Skills 102
Investigating Science and Personal Development
Molecular Basis of Life
Cellular Basis of Life
Clinical Anatomy
Human Physiology
Introduction to Biochemistry
Research Science
Technology in Advanced Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Molecular Genetics
Medical Biochemistry
Medical Microbiology
Project
Placement
Cancer Biology
Neurobiology
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Biological Basis of Disease and Therapeutics
Clinical Diagnostic Techniques

Assessment methods

Foundation Level: Written exams (17%), Coursework (80%), Practical exams (3%)
Level One: Written exams (57%), Coursework (30%), Practical exams (13%)
Level Two: Written exams (32%), Coursework (52%), Practical exams (16%)
Level Three: Written exams (22%), Coursework (58%), Practical exams (20%)

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£46,600
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bolton

Department:

Medical Biology

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


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Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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.

82%
low
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
23%
Caring personal services
19%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
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