Biological Sciences

BSc BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR

Key details 

BSC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR

Start Year
2023
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
8C91
Entry Requirements
CCC
Duration (years)
4

Course Modules will be provided soon. For further information on Foundation Year modules, please see our BSC Biological Sciences Foundation Year for 2022 entry.

For further years' module information please check out our BSc Biological Sciences.

Important Notice 

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process. 

You’ll cover a combination of modules from the core subjects fundamental to studying the science of life. One third of your Foundation Year programme will be spent studying biology modules, which will take you from the very small, cellular level through to aspects of whole organisms and ecosystems. You’ll also study crucial processes such as metabolic pathways and nutrient flow within the environment. The focus of the majority of your biology studies will relate to the drivers and processes contributing to the evolution of life on Earth. You’ll explore the role of fossils as evidence for evolution, the inheritance of genetic disorders, and the processes driving diversity within populations, including specific examples on topics such as antimicrobial resistance. The remaining two-thirds of your Foundation Year will be comprised of modules in skills for scientists, mathematics and chemistry, the exact combination of which will be based on your previous studies and your intended future course.  

Once you’ve successfully completed your Foundation Year, you’ll progress on to one of the main degree programmes within the School of Biological Sciences. The progression criteria for these courses varies, but a typical example might be 60% overall and 60% in the biology and maths or chemistry modules for progression to Biomedicine. Passing all of your Foundation Year modules (the pass mark is 40%) will make you eligible for our main Biological Sciences programmes as well as our Ecology and Conservation or Molecular Biology and Genetics degree courses. 

For the years of study beyond the Foundation Year, please see the full BSc Biological Sciences course. 

Taught by leading academics from across our Faculty of Science, this course will develop your academic skills through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory-based practicals. The lecture series will provide you with the fundamentals of scientific knowledge, which you’ll develop further through other taught and practical sessions, as well as our complementary online learning resources. Small group sessions will enable you to further develop your analytical and critical thinking skills, giving you opportunities to put the topics in context and bring the science to life. 

Independent Study 

The Foundation Year programme provides a balance between independent thinking and taught study skills. It will help you become a self-motivated learner, an expert researcher and an analytical thinker. Along with formal taught sessions, you’ll undertake research, written assignments, practical work and group tasks. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art library, and you’ll be given guidance and constructive feedback, to help you improve and develop your skills. 

Each module will be assessed through a combination of coursework and formal tests or examinations. Feedback will be offered after each assessment. 

 

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

CCC

T Levels

Obtain an overall Pass including a C in the core of the T Level and a Pass in the Occupational Specialism. Any subject is acceptable.

BTEC

MMM

Scottish highers

BBCCC

Scottish highers advanced

DDD

Irish leaving certificate

6 subjects at H4

Access course

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3

European Baccalaureate

60%

International Baccalaureate

28 points

GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE. 

Additional entry requirements

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

We also welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements. 

Important note

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading): 

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) for year 0 entry

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time. 

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application. 

Intakes

This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake is in September each year. 
Course Reference Number: 6968218

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees  

View our information for Tuition Fees. 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

View our information about Additional Course Fees. 

There are compulsory textbooks for some of the modules on this course and there will be costs associated with these. 

 

Course Reference Number: 6968218

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub. 

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom.

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started. 

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information:

How to apply through UCAS

Course Reference Number: 6968218
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
8C91
Entry Requirements
CCC
Duration (years)
4
Ready yourself with the skills you need to succeed on a degree in biological sciences with our Foundation Year course. Gain a thorough grounding in the study of life, from processes at the molecular level to sprawling ecosystems. Discover the why, how and what of living organisms, from how we came to be, to how we’ve since evolved. When you have completed your foundation year, you’ll be prepared to progress onto one of our BSc Biological Sciences courses, where you’ll learn about the role biology plays in the way we tackle challenges in society today – and the role it will play in our future.
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