Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biology with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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Course summary • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. • Attain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biological, chemical and mathematical skills suitable to investigate and describe the biological world. • Develop the confidence and ability to solve biological problems. • Conduct research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills of project management. Take part in rigorous intellectual training that cultivates an interest in current developments at the frontiers of the subject. Gain an underpinning knowledge of chemistry, physics and maths, taught in context. Enhance your skills for a career in biology or any occupation requiring confident, creative, analytical thinkers. How you learn The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Biology course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other biosciences and chemistry foundation year students, then move on to the degree. The course includes a coherent programme theme to enable you to develop as professional biologists, operating beyond just knowledge acquisition. You have the capability to act on opportunities and apply learning to solve problems, whether theoretical or applied. You learn through • lectures • workshops • tutorials • scenario-based laboratory sessions. In the foundation year, you’ll attain the academic and practical skills required for level 4 study. You’ll build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical lab sessions. You’ll also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities —ensuring that you’re fully prepared to begin as an undergraduate. Applied learning Work placements Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in the lab, you can apply for an optional fourth-year work placement, which gives you the chance to apply theory and practice in the workplace. Alternatively, you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements to enhance your future career goals. You can apply for a placement in the UK or use the opportunity to work abroad in Europe, America and further afield. We have a wide range of major national and multinational placement partners, including • GlaxoSmithKline • Covance • Eurofins • Universities Field trips Complete valuable field work, which has previously included exploring contrasting environments in the Peak District, visits to Sheffield Botanical gardens and a UK-based residential ecological and environmental field course, all at no additional costs. Accreditation Graduates of BSc (Honours) Biology This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level. Graduates of MSci Biology This programme has been awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You can take an optional placement in year three. Year 1 Compulsory modules Biology: Cells And Molecules 20 Biology: Organs And Systems 20 Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules 20 Chemistry: Energy And Reactions 20 Maths 20 Skills Development 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology 20 Exam Environmental Biosciences 20 Human Physiology And Anatomy 20 Plant Physiology And Anatomy 20 Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20 Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules Applied Ecology And Environmental Biosciences 20 Evolutionary And Behavioural Biology 20 Molecular Biology And Biochemistry 20 Professional And Scientific Practice 2 40 Elective modules Advanced Cell Biology 20 Pathological Basis Of Disease 20 Exam Topics In Biochemistry 20 Year 3 Compulsory modules Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Final year Compulsory modules Plant Biotechnology 20 Research Project 40 Elective modules Applied Biochemistry 20 Bioethics And Bioinformatics 20 Bioethics And Human Genetics 20 Bioinformatics And Human Genetics 20 Environmental Biotechnology 20 Neurobiology 20

Assessment method

Coursework Exams Practicals

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points 64 UCAS points, including 24 points from one full A level, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.
TOEFL (iBT)79Listening: minimum level 17 Speaking: minimum level 20 Reading: minimum level 18 Writing: minimum level 17
Cambridge English AdvancedCListening: minimum score 162 Speaking: minimum score 162 Reading: minimum score 162 Writing: minimum score 162
PTE Academic52Listening: minimum level 51 Speaking: minimum level 51 Reading: minimum level 51 Writing: minimum level 51

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13650 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Biology with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS