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University of Manchester

Biosciences with a Foundation Year

UCAS Code: C900

Bachelor of Science - BSc

Entry requirements


Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive. Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually. If you have already obtained A-levels (or equivalent) in subjects inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses (ABB or above), a good standard of GCSE or equivalent in science and mathematics will also be required. If you have been out of education for some time, we would normally recommend that you take an Access to HE Diploma course. Please contact us for further advice before submitting an application. Students who have taken sciences at A-level but do not achieve ABB or above will only be accepted onto the Foundation Year if there is evidence that they have underperformed due to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. Please contact us to discuss this before you apply.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Applicants with an Access to HE Diploma will not be accepted on to the Foundation Year.

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually. Please contact us for advice before submitting an application.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk for clarification.

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually. Please contact us for advice before submitting an application.

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.

We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.

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

DD

We consider the National Diploma with Grades DD for entry when it is taken with two A-levels with a minimum of Grades AB. Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.

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

D

We consider the National Extended Certificate with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two A-levels with a minimum of Grades AB. Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.

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

DDD

We consider the National Extended Diploma with Grades DDD for entry when it is taken with one A-level with Grade A. Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.

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

D

We consider the National Foundation Diploma with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two A-levels with a minimum of Grades AB. Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.

Scottish Advanced Highers/Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations, if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our Biological Sciences degree courses: Three Advanced Highers with Grades AAB-BBB. or Two Advanced Highers with Grades AA-BB plus two additional Highers with Grades AA-BB. or Five Highers with Grades AAAAA-AABBB. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.

Scottish Advanced Highers/Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations, if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our Biological Sciences degree courses: Three Advanced Highers with Grades AAB-BBB. or Two Advanced Highers with Grades AA-BB plus two additional Highers with Grades AA-BB. or Five Highers with Grades AAAAA-AABBB. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and would consider it when it is taken with two A-levels if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses. The minimum grades required will normally be the same as the A-levels. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk

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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biological sciences

Our BSc Biosciences with a Foundation Year (formerly known as Life Sciences with a Foundation Year) course enables all of our biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses to be studied with a foundation year if you do not have a science background or the appropriate entry qualifications.

Taught by Xaverian College close to the University campus, the foundation year provides the necessary academic background in biology, chemistry and mathematics to prepare you for study on any one of our biological or biomedical science courses.

There is also a complementary programme of tutorials, seminars and laboratory practicals at the main University campus.

Successful completion of the foundation year allows you direct entry onto any of our three- or four-year degree courses.

**Register as a university student**

As a foundation year student, you are a full student member of The University of Manchester and you will have a University registration card. You have full representation on the Faculty student-staff committee and a guaranteed place in a University hall of residence.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£24,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

TEF rating:

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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?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
A

After graduation


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Biosciences

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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