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Biosciences with a Foundation Year University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our BSc Biosciences with a Foundation Year (formerly known as Life Sciences with a Foundation Year) course enables all of our biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses to be studied with a foundation year if you do not have a science background or the appropriate entry qualifications.

Taught by Xaverian College close to the University campus, the foundation year provides the necessary academic background in biology, chemistry and mathematics to prepare you for study on any one of our biological or biomedical science courses.

There is also a complementary programme of tutorials, seminars and laboratory practicals at the main University campus.

Successful completion of the foundation year allows you direct entry onto any of our three- or four-year degree courses.

Register as a university student

As a foundation year student, you are a full student member of The University of Manchester and you will have a University registration card. You have full representation on the Faculty student-staff committee and a guaranteed place in a University hall of residence.

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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually. If you have already obtained A-levels (or equivalent) in subjects inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses (ABB or above), a good standard of GCSE or equivalent in science and mathematics will also be required.

If you have been out of education for some time, we would normally recommend that you take an Access to HE Diploma course. Please contact us for further advice before submitting an application.

Students who have taken sciences at A-level but do not achieve ABB or above will only be accepted onto the Foundation Year if there is evidence that they have underperformed due to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. Please contact us to discuss this before you apply.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We consider the National Extended Diploma with Grades DDD for entry when it is taken with one A-level with Grade A.

Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.
Access to HE Diploma Applicants with an Access to HE Diploma will not be accepted on to the Foundation Year.
Scottish Higher Scottish Advanced Highers/Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations, if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our Biological Sciences degree courses:

Three Advanced Highers with Grades AAB-BBB.

or

Two Advanced Highers with Grades AA-BB plus two additional Highers with Grades AA-BB.

or

Five Highers with Grades AAAAA-AABBB.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually. Please contact us for advice before submitting an application.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk for clarification.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually. Please contact us for advice before submitting an application.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two A-levels (minimum AB required) if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We consider the National Diploma with Grades DD for entry when it is taken with two A-levels with a minimum of Grades AB.

Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D We consider the National Extended Certificate with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two A-levels with a minimum of Grades AB.

Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We consider the National Foundation Diploma with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two A-levels with a minimum of Grades AB.

Combinations of BTEC and A-levels suitable for Biosciences year one entry will not be considered for entry into the Foundation Year. For details of year one entry requirements, please refer to the webpage of the degree programme you are interested in.
Scottish Advanced Higher Scottish Advanced Highers/Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations, if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our Biological Sciences degree courses:

Three Advanced Highers with Grades AAB-BBB.

or

Two Advanced Highers with Grades AA-BB plus two additional Highers with Grades AA-BB.

or

Five Highers with Grades AAAAA-AABBB.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and would consider it when it is taken with two A-levels if the subjects are inappropriate for direct admission to one of our biological sciences degree courses. The minimum grades required will normally be the same as the A-levels.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk

Additional entry requirements

Interview


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With no less than 6.5 in every component. OR equivalent.

Grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) or above in English Language.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £24,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

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