Staffordshire University

Biological Science (with a foundation year) Staffordshire University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Our versatile Biological Science degree will help you understand and examine the living world around you.
There has never been a better time to position yourself as a bioscientist by studying on our biological science degree. Recent breakthroughs have given biologists insights and tools for the investigation of pressing questions like never before. Whatever area of the biological sciences you are interested in, be it genetics and genomics, medicines development or ecological interactions and sustainability - this degree has the scope and flexibility to support your development.

This degree can be completed in a number of different ways, you can either study biological science as a broad degree, or branch off into one of our specialist pathways during your degree.

Designed for applicants who do not meet our entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available. You’ll study your first year at Stoke-on-Trent College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies.

Course content
You have the first year of your degree (full-time) to decide whether your interest lies in a particular field, or whether the broad knowledge of the subject will better benefit your future career. If you do have a more specialist interest, this course also has designated learning pathways in your second and third years to allow you to focus on areas including Ecology and Environmental Management, Genomics, Pharmacology, and Pre-Med. The best thing about our learning pathways is that you can wait until second year to decide if you wish to specialise. Whichever route you take through your biological science degree, upon completion, you will be ideally placed for graduate employment or postgraduate study.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biological Science.

Should you successfully complete your study via one of the learning pathways, then we will issue one of the following awards in line with your chosen pathway:

BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Genomics)
BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Ecology and Environmental Management)
BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Pre-Med)
BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Pharmacology)

Course details


Foundation year:

Maths and Data Handling
Biological Science
Applied Science

Year 1
Bioscience concepts and practice
Structure and Function
Building Blocks of life
Principles of Ecology

Year 2
Applied Bioscience Practical
Global Issues and Professional Development
Adaptation and Survival

Year 2 options:
Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Compulsory module for Genomics and Pre-Med pathway)
Cell Biology and Immunology (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway)
Biochemistry and Physiology
Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology
Ecology and Environmental Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Pharmacology and Medicinal Plants (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)
Animal Behaviour (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Medical Sciences (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)
Research and Development for the Life Science Industry (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)

Year 3
Research Project
Current Advances and Bioethics

Year 3 Options:
International Experience
Digital Life Sciences
Genomics and Bioinformatics (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway)
Molecular Pharmacology (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)
Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology
Microbial Genomes and Pathogenesis (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway)
Diagnostic Pathology
Integrated Biology of Disease (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)
The Brain
Managing the Natural World (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Conservation Biology and Habitat Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Immunology and Immunotherapy (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)
Cancer Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)

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 C101
Institution code S72
Campus name Stoke-on-Trent College
Campus code A

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 48 points
A level AE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Extended Project A* - E
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H5, H6, H6, H6, H6
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate D* - P
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* - PP
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D* - P
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D*, PP
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D* - P
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D*, PP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* - P
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* - PP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* - P
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* - P

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5,950 Year 1
England £5,950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,950 Year 1
Scotland £5,950 Year 1
Wales £5,950 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Staffordshire University
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Stoke on Trent

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