UWE Bristol - BSc Hons Biological Sciences with Foundation Year

UWE Bristol

BSc Hons Biological Sciences with Foundation Year

Explore human biology, ecology and molecular biology and tailor your degree to your own areas of interest.

Why study biological sciences?

Exploring the diversity and complexity of living organisms and living systems helps us to understand life in all its forms.

Biological scientists can make an important contribution to the welfare of people and the environment.

It's a discipline that builds strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills providing a good springboard into many careers.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Biological Sciences is about the application of biological science to the real world.

With a hands-on, practical approach to learning, you'll have lots of opportunities to build your skills in real-world situations.

Study in our microbiology or genetics labs. Go on an expedition to Madagascar or a Cuban island. Learn about primate ecology at Bristol Zoo.

Learn the methods and technology at the cutting edge of the field, and explore life from the molecular level to the scale of ecosystems.

With many opportunities to build essential practical experience, the course offers the chance to undertake placements, internships, fieldwork and residential trips in the UK and abroad.

If you choose the sandwich course option, you can spend your third year on placement with a major employer in the pharmaceutical, healthcare or research sector in this country, Europe or further afield.

You'll apply your academic knowledge to contemporary issues, delve into the areas that most interest you, and expand your career horizons.

Where can it take me?

Once qualified, you'll be in a strong position to work in graduate-level jobs in biological sciences.

You could work in research and development for companies in the pharmaceutical, healthcare or agrochemical sectors.

You could also go into sales, marketing or education, or study for a postgraduate qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: A minimum of an AS in a Science subject.
  • Relevant subjects: Subjects that meet the Science requirement for this course: Applied Science, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths. Use of Maths, Physics, Psychology, Science in the Environment, Statistics.

Career Prospects

You'll graduate with the insight, tools and practical experience to make a valuable contribution to the health of the community and the wellbeing of the environment.

Most graduates follow careers in biological sciences, particularly research and development work in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, education and agrochemical sectors.

As well as preparing you for a laboratory-based job, the course will give you the transferable skills employers value in a wide variety of roles, from sales and marketing to consultancy and conservation.

Course Details

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

Year 0 Foundation Year

Biology in Practice
Chemistry in Practice
Skills for Science
People and Science.

Year 1

Life on Earth
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Cells Biochemistry and Genetics
Skills for Biosciences.

Year 2

Research Skills.
optional modules

Microbial Life
Cell Signalling
Molecular Biotechnology
Human Health and Disease
Human Physiology
Ecology and Ecosystem Protection
Wildlife Ecology.

Placement year

Final Year

Research Experimental Project or Research Dissertation Project.

optional modules

Scientific Frontiers and Enterprise
Science Communication
Genomic Technologies
Medical Genetics
Cell Control and Disease
Molecular Medicine
Medical Microbiology
Neroscience and Neuropharmacology
Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
Development and Stem Cell Biology
Primate Ecology and Conservation
Marine Ecosystems
Environmental Forensics
Global Forest Systems
Tropical Expedition
Sustainable Food Production.

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