Biological Sciences with Foundation: University of Westminster

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BSc (Hons)
Biological Sciences with Foundation: University of Westminster, School of Biosciences, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW, London, United Kingdom
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4 years full-time
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The Foundation year is a well-established route of access to higher education for mature students (defined as over 21) without formal qualifications. It is also suitable for students who have completed Advanced GCEs in non-science subjects. Through the Foundation course, many new students are able to enter the School of Biosciences to study for a degree. Local Education Authorities recognise the Biological Sciences Foundation level 3 as qualifying for a mandatory grant award.

Course Content

In the foundation year you will study the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. However, no previous knowledge is assumed. You will also study a skills based module which is intended to ease your transition into full-time study and a subsequent career. All modules studied will introduce and integrate transferable skills into your learning. This enables you to exercise various practical, reading, writing and presentational skills which will be of use later in your studies and career.

The eight modules studied would normally be taken in one year. However, it is the case in all modular degree courses that flexibility is possible in the time taken to accumulate the modules and credits leading up to your final degree. This flexibility, along with the wide choice you have of subject area within the Biological Sciences after the Foundation year, makes the course particularly attractive to mature students.

Associated Careers

Completion of this Foundation year course will allow you to progress on to BSc Honours Biological Sciences

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements if you are aged over 21, but applicants will be interviewed. Students under the age of 21 should satisfy the University's standard entry requirements (grade C or above in English and mathematics GCSE and two passes at A2 level, or equivalent). This course is not suitable for anyone who has studied science subjects at level 3.

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