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University of Northampton

Biology (with Foundation Study)

UCAS Code: C101

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,E,E

Access to HE Diploma

M:0,P:45

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

P3,P3,P3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H4,H4,H4

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

MM

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

MPP

Scottish Higher

B,C,C

or CCCC

UCAS Tariff

64
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biology

The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Biology we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Biology programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.

- We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**

- Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

**The Northampton Employment Promise**

- In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

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Modules

**FOUNDATION STUDY FRAMEWORK:**

You will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study Framework. These are:

• Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study.

• Research for Practice – provides an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. In the first stage of the foundation entry you will be studying two Biology modules on the BSc Biology Award Map:

The Foundations modules taken within these years help you to build your Study Skills, develop research practice and problem solving.

These modules are delivered concurrently with 2 Stage One modules from your programme:

• Biodiversity: An Introduction - is taught in the Autumn term through a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals and fieldwork that helps you to understand the biological complexities of the natural world and develop skills for identifying organisms.

• Introduction to Microbiology - Introduces you to world of bacteria, pathogens, how diseases are transmitted and how our immunity systems fight back.

In the second year of the Foundation Stage you will study the remaining 4 Stage One modules from the BSc Biology.

**STAGE 2:**

• Habitat Ecology and Management (compulsory)

• Genes and Genomics (designated)

• Fieldwork Module (compulsory)

• Research Methods (compulsory)

• Biogeography (designated)

• Pharmacology (designated)

• Processes of Life: Biochemistry (designated)

• Health and Disease (designated)

**STAGE THREE:**

• Biodiversity and Conservation (designated)

• Career Planning and Placement (compulsory)

• Research Project and Dissertation (compulsory)

• Landscape and Restoration Ecology (designated)

• Integrated Medical Genetics (designated)

• Immunology and Health (designated)

• Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (designated)

• Health, Risk and Environment (designated)

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include:

• reports

• blogs

• articles

• presentations

• time constrained assessment

• exams

Many modules are assessed through 100% coursework but some modules have exams that could be worth up to 60% of the final module grade.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biology (non-specific)

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

£17,063
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Other elementary services occupations
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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