Biology with a Foundation Year at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

Biology is a wide and fascinating subject, involving the scientific study of living organisms from bacteria to the largest mammals, and this course, designed for those who do not have the appropriate qualifications to start the three-year BSc degree, will help you to develop knowledge and skills to open up a range of exciting career opportunities. Our proximity to a diverse range of contrasting environments plus our own facilities provides a wide scope for customising your learning experience. Local, residential and international field courses will allow you to work in habitats such as the spectacular marine coastal ecosystems, freshwater/wetland environments and terrestrial habitats of Gower. Our Biosciences facilities include: A £1.3m Visualisation Centre, a £1.6m purpose-built 18m catamaran-class survey vessel equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment based in Swansea Marina, a £4.2m science laboratory facility and a centre for sustainable aquatic research. The BSc Biology course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, and covers themes including animal and marine welfare and conservation, the biological control of invertebrate pests, microbiology, and ocean and climate. All of our courses are available with a Year in Industry or Year Abroad These placement years increase our students confidence and communication skills as well as help them to gain valuable experiences that will ultimately enhance their employability. To find out more go to We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information. Book an Open Day here:


Year 0: You will study a range of content to prepare you for the BSc, typically including: foundation biology; techniques in ecology; dealing with data; laboratory skills; molecular biology and biochemistry; development of key skills for biologists; literature review. Year 1: Areas studied typically include: animal diversity; form and function; cellular and microbial biology; marine and terrestrial ecology and animal behaviour; molecular and evolutionary biology; plants and algae – diversity, form and function and core skills for bioscientists. Year 2: Areas studied typically include: animal physiology; cell and immunobiology; coastal marine ecology; ecological microbiology and the cycles of life; ichthyology; molecular ecology; parasitology; plant ecology; terrestrial vertebrates; field ecology (residential) and animal conservation and welfare. Year 3: Areas studied typically include: biodiversity; biological control of invertebrate pests; epidemiology of infectious diseases; physics for biologists; plant conservation and ecology; sensory ecology; laboratory or field professional skills, phylogeny and macroevolution, hormones and behaviour, international field courses.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups supported by practical classes and field courses. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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Biology with a Foundation Year at Swansea University - UCAS