Sheffield Hallam University

Biology with Foundation Year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary
• Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.
• Attain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biological, chemical and mathematical skills suitable to investigate and describe the biological
• Develop the confidence and ability to solve biological problems.
• Conduct research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills of project management.

Take part in rigorous intellectual training that cultivates an interest in current developments at the frontiers of the subject. Gain an underpinning knowledge of chemistry, physics and maths, taught in context. Enhance your skills for a career in biology or any occupation requiring confident, creative, analytical thinkers.
How you learn
The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Biology course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other biosciences and chemistry foundation year students, then move on to the degree.
The course includes a coherent programme theme to enable you to develop as professional biologists, operating beyond just knowledge acquisition. You have the capability to act on opportunities and apply learning to solve problems, whether theoretical or applied.

You learn through
• lectures
• workshops
• tutorials
• scenario-based laboratory sessions.

In the foundation year, you’ll attain the academic and practical skills required for level 4 study. You’ll build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical lab sessions. You’ll also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities —ensuring that you’re fully prepared to begin as an undergraduate.

Applied learning
Work placements
Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in the lab, you can apply for an optional fourth-year work placement, which gives you the chance to apply theory and practice in the workplace. Alternatively, you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements to enhance your future career goals.

You can apply for a placement in the UK or use the opportunity to work abroad in Europe, America and further afield. We have a wide range of major national and multinational placement partners, including
• GlaxoSmithKline
• Covance
• Eurofins
• Universities

Field trips
Complete valuable field work, which has previously included exploring contrasting environments in the Peak District, visits to Sheffield Botanical gardens and a UK-based residential ecological and environmental field course, all at no additional costs.
Graduates of BSc (Honours) Biology
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level.
Graduates of MSci Biology
This programme has been awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules
Biology: Cells And Molecules 20
Biology: Organs And Systems 20
Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules 20
Chemistry: Energy And Reactions 20
Maths 20
Skills Development 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology 20
Environmental Biosciences 20
Human Physiology And Anatomy 20
Plant Physiology And Anatomy 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Applied Ecology And Environmental Biosciences 20
Evolutionary And Behavioural Biology 20
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 40
Elective modules
Advanced Cell Biology 20
Pathological Basis Of Disease 20
Topics In Biochemistry 20
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Professional And Scientific Practice 3
Final year
Compulsory modules
Plant Biotechnology 20
Research Project 40
Elective modules
Applied Biochemistry 20
Bioethics And Bioinformatics 20
Bioethics And Human Genetics 20
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics 20
Environmental Biotechnology 20
Neurobiology 20

Assessment method


Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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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 64 points From A levels including at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies. For example:

CC at A Level
MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent
Science at grade C or 4

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced C Listening: minimum score 162 Speaking: minimum score 162 Reading: minimum score 162 Writing: minimum score 162
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.
PTE Academic 52.0 Listening: minimum level 51 Speaking: minimum level 51 Reading: minimum level 51 Writing: minimum level 51
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 Listening: minimum level 17 Speaking: minimum level 20 Reading: minimum level 18 Writing: minimum level 17

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 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

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
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S1 1WB

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