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Overview

Put your future as a professional biologist on a firm footing. Starting your studies with a foundation year is ideal if you are thinking about a change of career or exploring your interest in science.

  • Choose the foundation year route to build the skills, confidence and knowledge you need for success: you can gain your full honours degree in four years
  • Immerse yourself in a subject which is constantly evolving to address important 21st century challenges
  • Gain a thorough grounding in traditional aspects of biology while discovering the latest research-led innovations
  • Enhance your practical experience through exciting work placement and internship opportunities
  • Get to grips with latest instrumentation and technology in our first-rate laboratories
  • Take full advantage of our action-packed programme of fieldtrips: recent visits have taken in Twycross Zoo, Kew Gardens, Burton Breweries and even a week-long residential in Majorca
  • Draw on our extensive network of contacts and strong employer partnerships to broaden your professional outlook

Careers

We’re proud of the achievements of our Biology with Foundation Year (Hons) degree from University of Derbygraduates. Many have gone on to work as research scientists, laboratory and pharmacy technicians, healthcare assistants, medical laboratory assistants, wildlife conservation officers and scientific sales professionals. They regularly return to the University to deliver masterclasses and give inspiring talks to current students about life after graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organisms and their Environments
  • Academic and Practical Skills
  • Principles of Cellular Biology
  • English
  • Mathematics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    56

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General Requirements

  • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Alternative entry qualifications:

  • BTEC - MPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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