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University of Central Lancashire

Biology (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: C10C

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

Entry requirements


72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science. Pass in Science Practical if applicable.

72 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including HL Biology or Chemistry

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DM

Applied Science required

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Applied Science required

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

72

Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science Required.

100%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biology

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the range of applied sciences. You’ll receive a sound foundation in basic science, increasing your knowledge and skills to a sufficiently high level to progress onto a guaranteed place on a range of science honours degree courses. During your studies you'll experience outstanding facilities. These include state-of-the-art analytical equipment in our criminalistics laboratory, our custom-designed teaching laboratories, our crime scene houses, vehicle bay, and our human skeletal teaching collections.

As a biology graduate you can follow a wide range of careers related to the biosciences such as working as a research scientist or technician in biology-related employment sectors including the health and pharmaceutical industries, or on conservation and endangered species management, as well as in science writing, education, outreach and communication. In addition, biology graduates are in demand in many other employment sectors in the UK and overseas including graduate entry level into the civil service, business, accounting, sales and marketing. Many biology undergraduates will develop an interest in a specialist area of their discipline and will continue to study at postgraduate level for a Master of Science (MSc) or Research (MRes) or a doctoral degree (PhD or DPhil), whilst others choose to take a postgraduate teaching qualification or graduate entry level into medicine.

Modules

Year 1: Skills for Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Year 2: Introduction to Cell Biology, Introduction to Environmental Biology, Introduction to Biological Research, Science and Society

Year 3: Evolutionary Genetics, Research Theory and Practice, Plus at least three from the following: Applied Molecular Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biology of Health and Disease, Applied Microbiology, Plus (if required) one from the following: Elective.

Year 4: Fieldwork, Plus either Research Project or Group Research Project, Plus at least two from the following: Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology, Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour , Plus (if required) one from the following: Applied Ecology, Forensic Genetics, Work Based Learning Module, Elective

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
EU
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Science, engineering and production technicians
19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Natural and social science professionals
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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