BSc Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year

This course gives you the opportunity to progress onto the three year Biological Sciences degree, following the successful completion of the foundation year. This extra year will provide you with the relevant skills and concepts you need to advance onto a three-year programme. We are an internationally renowned School of Biological Science based at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, where 100% of our biological research is recognised as ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Our school has world class academics and some of the best facilities in the country including our undergraduate practical laboratories. The majority of learning will take place in lectures, seminars and practical laboratory classes providing you with invaluable contact time with lecturers, while learning through first-hand experience.

Overview

Our Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year programme provides an exceptional opportunity to study for a degree in a range of Biological Science specialisations for students who do not have our traditional entry requirements.

Applications for this course are welcomed from mature students, students who have previously not studied science but wish to take a new career direction, and students who have been disadvantaged during their secondary education. All applicants are considered on a case-by case basis and all candidates will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course.

The Foundation Year

During the Foundation Year you will be assigned an adviser from the School of Biological Sciences (BIO) who will provide academic support that will ensure your progression on to your degree course of choice. All students will study Biology and Chemistry in both semesters along with mathematics modules which will be tailored to your previous experience. At the end of the Foundation Year successful students can transfer onto a specialist Biological Sciences degree course of their choice, or one of our Natural Sciences degrees, or they can choose to remain on the BSc in Biological Sciences.

The Foundation Year offered in BIO is a full-time course taken over one year. The course does not require any previous AS or A2 level studies in any of the subjects taught.

In the Foundation year you will take modules worth 120 credits in total. These credits are obtained by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination to produce an overall percentage grade and specific module marks. It is these marks, combined with the 120 credits that are taken into consideration, that will determine your progression onto an Honours course.

Full list of Biological Sciences degrees available

Teaching and Assessment

A typical teaching week consists of around 20-25 hours of timetabled study.

This is taught with a combination of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and small-group tutorials and workshops, where you can discuss, in an informal setting, any points which were raised in lectures and find solutions to problem sheets distributed by tutors. You are also encouraged to discuss academic matters with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

In the laboratory, you will carry out experiments, based on the subject matter of your lecture programme. These sessions are supervised by your lecturers and by postgraduate student demonstrators, who will ensure the safe execution of the experiments and discuss the theory behind them.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Marks from the Foundation Year do not count towards your final degree classification, but are important for transfers to other degree programmes.

Course Modules

Year 1 (Foundation Year)

Compulsory Study (80 Credits)

  • Introductory Biology (semester 1)
  • Further Biology (semester 2)
  • Introductory Chemistry (semester 1)
  • Further Chemistry (semester 2)

Optional Study A (40 Credits)

Students will be assigned to the relevant mathematics course based on their previous qualifications.

  • Foundation Mathematics (semester 1)
  • Basic Mathematics I (semester 1)
  • Further Foundation mathematics (semester 2)
  • Basic Mathematics II (semester 2)

For the course profile of your degree of choice, please consult the relevant course pages: Biological Sciences Undergraduate Degrees

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that 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 or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC: This is the typical offer for students studying ‘A’ Levels (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
  • International Baccalaureate 28 overall score
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate CCCCCC
  • Access Course Pass the Access Course
  • BTEC MMM
  • European Baccalaureate 60% overall

Entry Requirement

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

 

The typical offer for students studying ‘A’ Levels will be CCC (excluding general studies and critical thinking).  Applicants who have been in continuous education are required to hold a level 3 qualification even if they meet the contextual criteria with regard to the GCSE's.

Contextual Criteria

We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.

or

  • You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at ‘A’ Level or equivalent.

or

  • You have been in Local Authority Care.

or

  • You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in 2013 - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

When writing your personal statement it is advisable to reference the contextual data set you meet.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient 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 and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year

Course Open To

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

  • A Level CCC The typical offer for students studying A levels will be CCC (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking)

Entry Requirement

All applicants are required to have GCSE English language and Mathematics (or equivalent) at a minimum of Grade C.

The typical offer for students studying ‘A’ Levels will be CCC (excluding general studies and critical thinking).  Applicants who have been in continuous education are required to hold a level 3 qualification even if they meet the contextual criteria with regard to the GCSE's.

Contextual Criteria

We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.

or

  • You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at ‘A’ Level or equivalent.

or

  • You have been in Local Authority Care.

or

  • You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in 2013 - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Special Entry Requirements

When writing your personal statement it is advisable to reference the contextual data set you meet.

Alternative Qualifications

If you are studying the BTEC National Diploma please contact us for further information.

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Course Open To

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

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. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

 

 

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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