On this course, there's a core programme of practical exercises and workshops that is supplemented with lecture material. Through personal and small group tutorials, you'll also get valuable one-to-one feedback.
In Year 1, you'll cover the fine structure of cells, the biology of organisms, and biological processes. You'll develop a range of practical skills - from microscopy to experimental design. You'll also develop your communication skills by delivering presentations, preparing scientific posters and writing reports.
In Year 2 and Year 3, you'll combine theory with practice to emphasise human physiological systems, behaviour and genetics. You'll also cover specialised topics such as neurobiology and neuropharmacology. Optional modules include health-related topics such as public health and toxicology.
The Professional Practice and Placement module will give you the skills to become a scientific problem solver. You'll develop these in your final year project, where you'll carry out research into an area of interest and focus on your future career.
If you would like to study a biology-based degree but your current qualifications do not meet our entry requirements for degree level study, our Biology with a Foundation Year is available.
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Level 4 Core modules: Introduction to Scientific Practice; Molecules to Cells; Biology of Organisms; Biological Processes
Optional modules: Comparative Basis of Behaviour; Ecology
Level 5 Core modules: Professional Practice and Placement; Human Biochemistry and Physiology; Genetics and Cell Biology; Behaviour
Optional modules: Biological Bases of Behaviour; Infection Science; Public Health
Level 6 Core modules: Research Project; Neurobiology; Neuropharmacology; Current Advances in Biosciences
Optional modules: Cellular Pathology; Medical Genetics; Haematology & Transfusion Science; Clinical Biochemistry; Clinical Immunology; Human Infectious Disease; Evolution & Psychology; Toxicology; Health Psychology
A key aim of your award is to develop you as a professional scientific practitioner, and this is reflected in our approach to teaching, learning and assessment. You will start with high levels of tutor driven activity, often with in-class competence based work and then gradually develop your skills, confidence and capabilities to drive your learning, both with us and beyond. For example, your practical skills an essential skill set demanded by employers of bioscience graduates will be developed and practised throughout your degree. To do this effectively, you will spend a high proportion of your class contact time in Levels 4 and 5 with tutors in the laboratory and the field. In your final year, your professional scientific skills development will culminate in your independent research project. Throughout your award, theory and practice are integrated, and many sessions will combine short lectures, seminars or workshops with practical work. This will allow theories and concepts to be explored, illustrated and reinforced and helps enhance your learning via direct experience. In class enquiry based learning activities will be supplemented by various online learning activities via the use of a virtual learning environment.
At Level 4 you will spend on average 20 hours per week in timetabled sessions, of which approximately 20% will be in lecture based activity, and the remaining 80% will utilise practical, workshop and tutorial based learning. At Level 5 you will have on average 15 hours per week of timetabled sessions of which approximately 16% are lecture based, and 84% focused on active learning in practical, workshops and tutorials. At Level 6, you will spend between 10-12 hours per week within timetabled sessions of which 65% are practical/ workshop most of which is self-managed as you undertake your research project which is a major feature of your final year. You may also use some of your independent study time in additional practical work related to your project. At each Level of study, you will be supported through our integrated tutorial system. At Levels 4 and 5, the tutorials are embedded in a 30 credit module and are a mixture of one-to-one and small group tutorials focusing on the support for your learning, effective use of feedback and developing your graduate attributes. At Level 6 in addition to tutorials with your project supervisor, you continue to have tutorials with your personal tutor focused on personal development and career success. So, the award structure is designed to emphasise skills acquisition, practice and development.
Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology
Recent major investment in physiological, biomedical and osteological equipment.
Module content reflects stimulating developments in genome sequencing, biotechnology in healthcare, and emerging issues in disease.
Professional work placements and career planning.