Birkbeck, University of London

Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate

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This intensive programme will give you an overview of the biological, cellular and molecular worlds, raising fascinating questions about their underlying chemical functions. Subject-specific modules will give you a strong foundation in basic chemistry, as well as cellular and molecular biology. You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to progress to degree study in the life sciences and subjects allied to medicine.

The programme also includes modules to help develop your study and research skills and to assist with your personal development and planning applications for further study.

Highlights

  • Birkbeck's School of Science provides state-of-the-art, specialist laboratories and facilities at the heart of academic London.

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

  • You will be taught by internationally distinguished experts, who work with governments and institutions around the globe to extend the boundaries of knowledge.

  • You'll be part of a community of learners who are focused on learning and determined to succeed.

  • On successful completion, you may progress to the first year of a variety of degrees, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology and all health-related areas, such as radiography (requires biology with physics), pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, herbal medicine, clinical sciences, biomedicine and biomedical sciences. Students who already have a good first degree in another area and achieve high marks in their Certificate of Higher Education studies may also be accepted by some medical schools.

  • Students who are awarded the Certificate of Education are guaranteed an interview for related part-time BSc degrees at Birkbeck.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Assessment in the first two modules of biology and chemistry is entirely through a range of different types of coursework, including theory (home) assignments, online (short) quizzes, online assignments, practical assignments (assessment of a report either written in class or at home), and end-of-module in-class tests (unseen).

The final module (Part 3) for each subject is assessed by a final, unseen three-hour examination.


How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience as presented in your application, and on interview.

All applicants for this programme first have to complete a short, self-assessment exercise at home in biology, chemistry and numeracy (or physics if appropriate) and then attend for interview with programme lecturers or the Programme Director.

Those offered a place may be required to attend a summer top-up course or complete set pre‑coursework to revise and improve their numerical and/or science skills before the start of the modules in September.

Applicants are advised that this intensive programme requires a high level of commitment and that, although there are no formal qualifications required for admission, you need to have a keen interest in science and sufficient time to devote to your studies.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience as presented in your application, and on interview.

All applicants for this programme first have to complete a short, self-assessment exercise at home in biology, chemistry and numeracy (or physics if appropriate) and then attend for interview with programme lecturers or the Programme Director.

Those offered a place may be required to attend a summer top-up course or complete set pre‑coursework to revise and improve their numerical and/or science skills before the start of the modules in September.

Applicants are advised that this intensive programme requires a high level of commitment and that, although there are no formal qualifications required for admission, you need to have a keen interest in science and sufficient time to devote to your studies.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £2,625 Year 1
EU £2,625 Year 1
International £2,625 Year 1
England £2,625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2,625 Year 1
Scotland £2,625 Year 1
Wales £2,625 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Provider information

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Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
Bloomsbury
Camden
WC1E 7HX


Course contact details

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

0203 907 0700