Liverpool John Moores University

Biology with Foundation Year Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Biology programme at Liverpool John Moores University opens up the fascinating subject of biology providing a core understanding of biological theory and practical skills, whilst giving you the opportunity to study a variety of specialisms, including genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, development and ecology. There are also exciting opportunities to complete exciting placements and overseas fieldwork.

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

  • Offers a range of optional modules such as Genes and Genomes, Developmental Biology, Immunology and Infection and Neurobiology

  • Optional overseas field skills trip included in the fees (currently goes to Tenerife). Opportunity for self-funded overseas field expedition - previous destinations have included Costa Rica and Malaysia

  • Stepping stone to careers in diverse fields such as genetics, microbiology, embryology, clinical science, radiography and environmental sciences

  • Option to choose between a year's work placement or a 135 hour work-based learning placement

  • £6 million invested in state-of-the-art teaching facilities

Course details


Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

•Skills and Perspectives in Science 1
•Skills and Perspectives in Science 2
•Anatomy and Physiology
•Understanding the Environment
•Wildlife Studies
•Building Blocks of Life

Level 4

•Genetics and Evolution
•Practical Skills for Biology
•Fundamentals of Scientific Research

Level 5

•Diversity and Evolution of Life
•Physiology of Life
•Research Skills and Employability

The following options are typically offered:

•Developmental Biology
•Genes and Genomes
•Ecology Field Skills
•Immunology and Infection
•Marine and Freshwater Biology

Level 6

• Health and Disease
• Research Project

The following options are typically offered:

•Advanced Immunology and Infection
•Applications of Genetics in Health and Disease
•Applied Marine Biology
•Forensic Bioscience
•Frontiers of Ecology
•International Expedition
•Work-Based Learning

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Most modules are assessed by exam and coursework, and some via coursework only.

All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Exams may therefore include a range of question types e.g. multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning and essay.

Coursework assessment could be in the form of phase tests, fieldwork/practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays or the evaluation of your practical skills. These are based on individual assignments but some require group work.

Feedback on coursework assessments is normally provided within three weeks of submission and may be via Canvas, face-to-face or in writing. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

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 7A24
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
Campus code -

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 88 points
A level CCD Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
•Subject specific requirements: Not Applicable
•Is General Studies acceptable? Yes
•Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
•Average A Level offer: CCD
•Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
Access to HE Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
•Further information: Overall Pass required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points

•Prior to starting the programme applicant must have obtained a grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £11,000 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

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