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Biological Science (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Biological Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree is designed to give you the opportunity to enter higher education if you can’t meet the requirements or don’t hold traditional qualifications required to enter a three-year undergraduate degree.

This four-year course has a built-in foundation year (Year 0) to help you improve your study skills and provide you with the fundamental scientific knowledge you’ll need to enter an undergraduate degree in human sciences. You’ll graduate with the same degree title and award as students on the traditional three-year route.

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More about this course

Our Biological Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will equip you with intricate skills necessary to interpret and analyse biological data.

Throughout your four-year degree you’ll receive exceptional support from experienced staff including your lecturers, mentors and careers services. Most of your teaching will take place in our £30 million Science Centre, where you’ll have access to workstations and tools that mimic a real scientific environment.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other disciplines, which will provide the perfect opportunity to learn more about other areas of human sciences and allow you to consider different perspectives. The focus of this year will be on developing your study skills in the context of biochemistry, biology, chemistry and generic scientific studies.

During your subsequent three years of study you’ll be joined by students from the Biological Studies BSc (Hons) course, and you’ll study the same content with the same choice of modules. If you find that you’d like to change the specialism of your study, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.

Assessment

Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, course work, practical reports, essays, presentations, data analysis and interpretation exercises, as well as the production and maintenance of a personal profile and curriculum vitae.

Professional accreditation

On graduation you'll be eligible to apply for Graduate or Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology, depending on your degree classification.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code B904
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2). If you meet the UCAS points criteria but have obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE you may be offered a University test in these areas.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

Year 0:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Scientific Studies

Year 1:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry (for Bioscience)
  • Laboratory Science

Year 2:

  • Human Immunity
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Tissues Science
  • Ethics for Science
  • Micronutrient Physiology

Year 3: 

  • Biochemical Pathology
  • Energy Metabolism and Endocrinology
  • Fundamentals of Biotechnology
  • Infection Control
  • Project
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling
  • Systems Pathology
  • Work Placement

After the course

Completion of this degree opens up a wide range of career options, as well as a route into further specialist training or postgraduate study.

Our graduates are working as medical researchers, biotechnologists, and in many other roles in different industries around the world.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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