Staffordshire University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Science

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Course summary

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Our versatile Biological Science degree will help you understand and examine the living world around you. There has never been a better time to position yourself as a bioscientist by studying on our biological science degree. Recent breakthroughs have given biologists insights and tools for the investigation of pressing questions like never before. Whatever area of the biological sciences you are interested in, be it genetics and genomics, medicines development or ecological interactions and sustainability - this degree has the scope and flexibility to support your development. This degree can be completed in a number of different ways, you can either study biological science as a broad degree, or branch off into one of our specialist pathways during your degree. If you would like to study for an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters MSci course over four years. If you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available. You’ll study your first year at Stoke-on-Trent College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies. Course content You have the first year of your degree (full-time) to decide whether your interest lies in a particular field, or whether the broad knowledge of the subject will better benefit your future career. If you do have a more specialist interest, this course also has designated learning pathways in your second and third years to allow you to focus on areas including Ecology and Environmental Management, Genomics, Pharmacology, and Pre-Med. The best thing about our learning pathways is that you can wait until second year to decide if you wish to specialise. Whichever route you take through your biological science degree, upon completion, you will be ideally placed for graduate employment or postgraduate study. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biological Science. Should you successfully complete your study via one of the learning pathways, then we will issue one of the following awards in line with your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Genomics) BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Ecology and Environmental Management) BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Pre-Med) BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Pharmacology)

Course details

Modules

Academic year The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September. Modules Year 1 Practical Skills for Life Scientists Developing Research and Professional Identity Molecular and Cellular Biology Genetics and Diversity Disease, Health and Environment Year 2 Applied Bioscience Practical Global Issues and Professional Development Adaptation and Survival Option Option Year 2 Options: Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Compulsory module for Genomics and Pre-Med pathway) Cell Biology and Immunology (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway) Biochemistry and Physiology Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology Ecology and Environmental Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Pharmacology and Medicinal Plants (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Animal Behaviour (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Medical Sciences (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway) Research and Development for the Life Science Industry (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Year 3 Research Project Option Option Option Current Advances and Bioethics Year 3 Options: International Experience Digital Life Sciences Genomics and Bioinformatics (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway) Molecular Pharmacology (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Toxicology Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology Microbial Genomes and Pathogenesis (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway) Diagnostic Pathology Integrated Biology of Disease (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway) The Brain Managing the Natural World (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Conservation Biology and Habitat Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Immunology and Immunotherapy (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Cancer Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)

Assessment method

Teaching You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. Assessment Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Learning support In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management). Additional support Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Feedback Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C100
Institution code:
S72
Campus name:
Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further details of what is and is not included in your tuition fees please visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees/
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