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Biology (with integrated foundation year)

University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

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There are so many careers that a biology degree can take you into – that’s why choice is at the heart of our human biology course to give you flexibility to specialise your studies. You’ll get a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills to progress you onto the BSc (Hons) Biology programme. Why Choose University of Cumbria We’ve designed this relevant and modern course to give you a broad understanding of biological principles, but importantly, the flexibility to specialise in either microbiology or molecular biology. Our learn-by-doing focus means you'll often put your academic knowledge to the test with practical sessions in our brand new laboratories - crucial skills for your future as a scientist. Plus, you’ll work in small learning groups, so tutors are always on hand to help with your studies and research.

  • Study in our new up-to-date labs to gain the practical skills employers demand
  • Build confidence planning and conducting experiments independently - crucial skills for your future as a scientist
  • Taught by academic staff, involved in research and passionate about their field
  • Small class sizes so we get to know you and can closely guide and support you
  • Flexible modules so you carve the course to suit your future career path
  • Explore current advances in human biology to keep up-to-date with scientific developments
  • Study topical clinical and environmental microbiology, such as Ebola
  • Learn and study about genetics, their patterns of inheritance and mutations
  • We aim to boost your knowledge and research of topical issues affecting individuals worldwide
So, if you’re fascinated by the human body’s genetics or perhaps you want to play a part in the exciting future fight against disease, this human biology course will enable you to study and research topical, worldwide issues affecting individuals. Students have gone on to work for major pharmaceutical companies, cancer research, undertaken postgraduate research or become teachers – with 94% doing so within 6 months of graduating. So, give your future career in science the edge with our modern human biology degree.

Course details


You will gain a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge from which to progress onto your chosen BSc(Hons) programme whether that be Biology, Zoology, Forensic Science, Conservation Biology or Animal Conservation Science. BSc Year 2: Introductory modules: ■ Cell Biology ■ Molecular Biology ■ Introductory Biochemistry ■ Human Anatomy and Physiology ■ Introductory Microbiology and Immunology ■ Introduction to Laboratory Science. BSc Year 3: ■ Six modules are selected dependant on the pathway of choice: ■ Infection and Immunity ■ Applications in Molecular Biology ■ Introduction to Bioinformatics ■ Microbiological Techniques ■ Human Genetics ■ Medical Microbiology ■ Biochemical Pathways ■ Microbial Genetics ■ Pharmacology and Physiology BSc Year 4: ■ Research Project ■ Modules are then selected depending on the pathway of choice. Specimen modules include: ■ The Molecular Basis for Infection ■ Medical Genetics etc.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Course codeC111
Institution code C99
Campus nameCarlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 - 72 points 56 -72 UCAS tariff points, must have studied Biology or Applied Science at Level 3.
A level CD - DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP - MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 24 credits Must be science based, need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher DDDD - CCDD

GCSE English, maths and science at grade C/4 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6000 Year 1
England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

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Biology (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS