Biotechnology with Foundation: University of Westminster

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BSc (Hons)
Biotechnology 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.

Teaching and Assessment

The course combines lecture, tutorial and practical laboratory elements, and you will be able to use a variety of learning resources, including podcasts and Blackboard, our online learning environment. Formal exams are supported by course work assessment that operates in a variety of formats across the year, and is designed to promote learning and provide a sound basis for entering any of our courses at Year 1 (Credit Level 4).

Associated Careers

Completion of this course will allow you to progress on to one of the named degrees in the University.

Entry Requirements

  • Qualification type Grade/points
  • A Levels CC to include no Science subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 26 points to include no Higher Level Science
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate MPP/MM to include no Science subjects

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