University of Central Lancashire

Biology (Foundation Entry) University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the range of applied sciences. You’ll receive a sound foundation in basic science, increasing your knowledge and skills to a sufficiently high level to progress onto a guaranteed place on a range of science honours degree courses. During your studies you'll experience outstanding facilities. These include state-of-the-art analytical equipment in our criminalistics laboratory, our custom-designed teaching laboratories, our crime scene houses, vehicle bay, and our human skeletal teaching collections.

As a biology graduate you can follow a wide range of careers related to the biosciences such as working as a research scientist or technician in biology-related employment sectors including the health and pharmaceutical industries, or on conservation and endangered species management, as well as in science writing, education, outreach and communication. In addition, biology graduates are in demand in many other employment sectors in the UK and overseas including graduate entry level into the civil service, business, accounting, sales and marketing. Many biology undergraduates will develop an interest in a specialist area of their discipline and will continue to study at postgraduate level for a Master of Science (MSc) or Research (MRes) or a doctoral degree (PhD or DPhil), whilst others choose to take a postgraduate teaching qualification or graduate entry level into medicine.

Course details


Year 1: Skills for Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Year 2: Introduction to Cell Biology, Introduction to Environmental Biology, Introduction to Biological Research, Science and Society

Year 3: Evolutionary Genetics, Research Theory and Practice, Plus at least three from the following: Applied Molecular Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biology of Health and Disease, Applied Microbiology, Plus (if required) one from the following: Elective.

Year 4: Fieldwork, Plus either Research Project or Group Research Project, Plus at least two from the following: Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology, Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour , Plus (if required) one from the following: Applied Ecology, Forensic Genetics, Work Based Learning Module, Elective

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!

Application codes

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

Course code C10C
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science Required.
A level 72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science. Pass in Science Practical if applicable.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Applied Science required
Access to HE Diploma 72 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry
Scottish Higher 72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including HL Biology or Chemistry
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Applied Science required
Scottish Advanced Higher 72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Applied Science

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,500 Year 1
EU £5,500 Year 1
England £5,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,500 Year 1
Scotland £5,500 Year 1
Wales £5,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £5,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

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