Biology (Extended), BSc Hons

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Entry requirements may change during Clearing.

4 years full time

Overview

Overview

This is a career-oriented programme that will allow you to gain a strong foundation in key areas of molecular biological sciences and develop a wide range of scientific skills to prepare you for employment or for further study.

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff.

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to chemistry and to biology
  • A thorough introduction to biochemistry and to pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of energy, life and resources
  • An understanding of how to measure change
  • Essential skills for science
  • Improved mathematics
  • Laboratory practice.

Employability

The programme has a strong emphasis on hands-on practical work in both your teaching and learning, and in the assessments. In addition, there is a student-led project in the final year. You can study this programme with a sandwich year in industry.

You should apply for this programme if you are interested in basic research and development, teaching, or in working in hospital laboratories, multidisciplinary biological environments, the scientific civil service or scientific journalism. A significant proportion of our graduates pursue further study towards masters and PhD level degrees and careers in research.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with a knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry, and medical sciences as well as the practical applications of the biological sciences
  • To prepare students for work in the field of biological sciences, and to develop the necessary professional and transferable skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments that can be built on throughout the students' professional life.

What you'll study

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Assessment

Teaching will be carried out through a mixture of: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory- practical classes
  • student-centered intensive workshops.

Typical assessment methods include: 

  • Coursework
  • Practical sessions based in laboratories 
  • Examinations.

Careers

This programme will prepare you for careers such as scientific research in academic, governmental or commercial laboratories, including biotechnology companies and health-testing laboratories, scientific writing and publishing, medical equipment sales and science teaching.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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