Sheffield Hallam University

Biology with Foundation Year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


Course options

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options.

Course summary

TEF Silver

Sheffield Hallam University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

Find out more about the TEF.

  • 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 world.

  • 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.

Course details


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Biology: Cells And Molecules 20 credits
Biology: Organs And Systems 20 credits
Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules 20 credits
Chemistry: Energy And Reactions 20 credits
Maths 20 credits
Skills Development 20 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology 20 credits
Environmental Biosciences 20 credits
Human Physiology And Anatomy 20 credits
Plant Physiology And Anatomy 20 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20 credits
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Applied Ecology And Environmental Biosciences 20 credits
Evolutionary And Behavioural Biology 20 credits
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry 20 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 40 credits
Elective modules
Advanced Cell Biology 20 credits
Pathological Basis Of Disease 20 credits
Topics In Biochemistry 20 credits
Year 4
Compulsory modules
Professional And Scientific Practice 3 20 credits
Final year
Compulsory modules
Plant Biotechnology 20 credits
Research Project 40 credits
Elective modules
Applied Biochemistry 20 credits
Bioethics And Bioinformatics 20 credits
Bioethics And Human Genetics 20 credits
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics 20 credits
Environmental Biotechnology 20 credits
Neurobiology 20 credits

Assessment method

  • Coursework

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

*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.

You are viewing a course summary page, please select a course option to see the application codes

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.
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

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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

Visit our website

Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

Course contact details

Visit our course page
Student Recruitment Operations Team

(+44) 0114 225 5533