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Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full time; Three Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CC10; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Biology at UCLan is a course that has been designed to develop not only the student’s knowledge of the different aspects of Biology, but also how this is applied in the working of a modern biologist. To achieve this , the course has been developed with input from professionals within the field to generate a case study based course with high practical content to create an ideal learning environment for today’s student. The course includes field study work (both in the UK and internationally) from year one. There is a degree of optionality within the course that will allow you to pursue different areas of interest including the opportunity to study modules from outside the School to enhance your employability skills.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2 including Chemistry or Biology or Environmental Sciences or Applied Science (excluding General Studies & Critical thinking).
Pass science practical if applicable.
QCFBED: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
International Baccalaureate: 28P including grade HL5 in Biology or Chemistry.
GCSE: Maths & English Grade C.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

There is still time to apply

Course at a Glance

Year 1

• Introduction to Cell Biology
• Introduction to Environmental Biology
• Introduction to Biological Research
• Science and Society

Year 2

• Evolutionary Genetics,
• Research Theory and Practice

Plus AT LEAST THREE from the following:
• Applied Molecular Biology
• Biodiversity and Conservation
• Biology of Health and Disease
• Applied Microbiology

Plus (if required) ONE from the following:
• Elective

Year 3

• Fieldwork

• Research Project
• Group Research Project

Plus AT LEAST TWO from the following:
• Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
• Ecotoxicology
• Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour

Plus (if required) ONE from the following:
• Applied Ecology
• Forensic Genetics
• Work Based Learning Module
• Elective

Further Information

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Professional Accreditation

  • Field trips throughout course both in UK and abroad.
  • Optional work based module in final year.


As a graduate you can embark on a whole range of careers in research institutes, the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, conservation, public health, science education, the media and also a number of graduates will continue with their studies towards an MSc or PhD qualification.

Course Highlights

  • Field Work home and abroad
  • Employability skills
  • Practical Content