London Metropolitan University

Natural Sciences (Biology) (including foundation year) London Metropolitan University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Why study this course?

Our Natural Sciences (Biology) (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) will provide you with a thorough introduction to the study of science, giving you the skills you’ll need to study natural sciences, and particularly biology, at undergraduate level.

The degree is ideal if you can’t meet the entry requirements for a standard undergraduate degree or if you’re looking to build your confidence in scientific theory and techniques before going on to more in-depth study of biology and natural sciences later in your degree.

More about this course

The foundation year on our four-year Natural Sciences (Biology) (including foundation year) will introduce you to key concepts in biology and provide you with the basic mathematical knowledge, scientific understanding and laboratory techniques that you’ll need to succeed when studying a science-based subject at undergraduate level.

As well as being designed to develop vital scientific skills, the foundation year will also allow you to progress into your subsequent years of study with confidence, as you’ll also be introduced to ways of improving your time management, writing and study skills.

Following your foundation year, you will focus more heavily on natural sciences and biology, studying the same course content and having the same choice of modules as those who study our Natural Sciences (Biology) BSc (Hons) degree.

Taught in our state-of-the-art superlab – one of Europe’s largest and most advanced teaching labs – you will have access to an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment and have the opportunity to collaborate with other students in this impressive facility.

This course shares its foundation year with a number of our other foundation year degrees, allowing you to share ideas across a wide range of scientific disciplines.

If, following your foundation year, you decide that you’d like to specialise in a different science-related subject, there is some flexibility to allow you to do this.

On graduation, you will be awarded a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Course details


Example Year 0 modules include:

• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Scientific Studies

Example Year 1 modules include:

• Concepts in Chemistry
• General Chemistry
• Laboratory Science
• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Biochemistry

Example Year 2 modules include:

• Analytical Science
• Physical Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Molecular Biology
• Microbiology
• Metabolism
• Parasitology
• Principles of Pharmacodynamics and Drug Actions
• Human Immunity

Example Year 2 modules include:

• Research Project
• Advanced Physical Chemistry
• Toxicology
• Systems Pharmacology
• Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
• Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling
• Natural Products
• Neuropharmacology
• Advanced Bioanalytical Science
• Medical Genetics
• Work Placement
• Ethics for Science

Assessment method

Assessments will include practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code CF14
Institution code L68
Campus name Holloway
Campus code O

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 32 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 You will be required to have English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

More information about our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 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

These fees are for the 2019–20 academic year. Fees for new and returning students may change each year by an amount set under the government’s regulation. For further information about our undergraduate fees, please visit: Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Provider information

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London Metropolitan University
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166-220 Holloway Road
City of London
N7 8DB

Clearing contact details

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