If you want to study biosciences, but don't meet the entry requirements, our foundation year course could be for you. For example, if you've studied the right subjects but haven't achieved high enough grades, or have achieved good grades in unrelated subjects. You'll study life processes, from genes, cells and organs, to organisms and ecosystems. You'll develop the skills that every bioscientist needs by studying modules in chemistry and mathematics, the principles that underpin the life sciences. As you progress through your degree, you'll have a chance to explore your core subjects in greater depth, choose optional modules across the biosciences to broaden your knowledge and participate in a research activity. After successfully completing the one-year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of one of our biosciences degrees. In your first and second year, you'll spend six hours a week in our dedicated teaching labs, developing your practical science skills, including how to handle equipment, design experiments and interpret data. In your third year you'll put your new skills into practice with a semester-long research project. Moving to a different degree course is possible depending on your qualifications, usually in the first year of your degree.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
To find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer, visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/access-sheffield
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
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Fees and funding
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*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding