Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)

Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C900; Short form: BSc Biol/S

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2016

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

As a Biological Sciences student you’ll study the human body in both the healthy and malfunctioning states, in addition to gaining an understanding of the interactions of medicines in human physiological systems and to include an in-depth journey into the realms of molecular biology of the cell. This flexible course, which has achieved recognition status from the Society of Biology, will allow you to choose from a whole range of science modules after studying a common first year. This enables you to change or specialise, opening the door to a whole range of career options.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2 including Chemistry or Biology or Environmental Science or Applied Science, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
BTEC Extended Diploma : Science - Distinction, Distinction, Merit (see below)
International Baccalaureate : 28P including grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry
GCSE : Maths and English Grade C or equivalent

BTEC Qualifications: Further Information

Distinction in Unit 6 Using Mathematical tools in science OR Unit 7 Mathematical Calculations for Science OR Unit 8 Using Stats for Science.

Distinctions in any 3 of the following modules:
Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation
Unit 13: Biochemistry and biochemical technique
Unit 15: Microbiological techniques
Unit 16: Chemistry for biology technicians
Unit 18 Genetics and genetic engineering
Unit 19: Practical chemical analysis
Unit 20: Medical physics techniques
Unit 21: Biomedical science techniques
Unit 22: Chemical laboratory techniques
Unit 43: Diseases and infections

Please note this course is withdrawn from 2017 entry and is being replaced with BSc (Hons) Biology.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2 - including Chemistry or Biology or Environmental Science (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking)
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
International Baccalaureate: 28P including Grade 5 HL5 in Biology or Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English grade C.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Integrative Biological Sciences (compulsory)
  • Introduction to Pharmacology (compulsory)
  • Research Skills (compulsory)
  • Introduction to Health Care Sciences
  • Biological Chemistry & Foundation Mathematics (compulsory)
  • Biosciences in the News (compulsory)
  • Supplementary Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Electives

Year 2

  • Practical Skills and their Application to Diagnostic Analysis (compulsory)
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology (compulsory)
  • Biostatistics (compulsory)
  • Genetics & Diversity (compulsory)
  • Investigation of Disease
  • Physiological Systems
  • Cellular Investigations
  • Cell Culture Approaches to Drug Testing & Toxicology
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Electives

Year 3

  • Advanced Systems Pharmacology
  • Drugs: From Discovery to Use & Abuse
  • Microbiological & Immunological basis of Disease
  • Drug Therapies II pathophysiology & Treatment of CNS, Cancer & Pain
  • Biological Control Systems
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Molecular Biomedicine
  • Immunology
  • Current Practice in Haematology
  • Current Practice in Clinical Microbiology
  • Current Practice in Clinical Biochemistry
  • Current Practice in Cell Science
  • Evolution (compulsory)
  • Biology of Disease
  • Research Projects (core)
  • Electives

Further Information

The course is made up of individual learning units called modules. You will study the equivalent of 6 full modules per year. Each module is given a rating of 20 credits and requires a total study time of 200 hours. On average half of this time will involve class contact such as lectures, tutorials and practical’s and half will be your own individual study time. 

Year 1 (level 4) of the course is also known as Stage 1 of the programme, with a focus on helping to ensure that you make the most of your three years at university. By the end of level 4, you should have all the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed on the course.

At level 4 the programme is fully defined except for the elective choice. Level 5 and 6 are collectively known as Stage 2 and your results during these two years will determine your final degree class.

At level 5 and 6 a key feature is that the modules are grouped and you can select modules that you think are relevant and suited to your degree, however, you will need to carefully consider the level 5 prerequisites when selecting your level 6 modules.

There is also space in the programme for modules known as electives. These are modules from either within or outside the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, which you may choose to study to broaden your programme.

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The course so far has allowed me to understand and develop a number of scientific skills a number of which will be crucial in this final year. The broadness and flexibility of the course is great.

Siobhan Seabrook

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National Student Survey 2015

Students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry related courses at UCLan were very satisfied with their experience, 100% of students thought that the course is intellectually stimulating, whilst 97% of students said staff are good at explaining things.

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:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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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

Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching on the course comprises a diverse range of methods and styles including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, case studies and laboratory practicals. As well as the traditional methods of teaching, e-learning (based around a virtual learning environment) and problem-based learning techniques will also be used.

Assessments are by a combination of examinations, essays, short notes, data handling and interpretation, practical reports, laboratory note books, project reports, poster and oral presentations allowing a full range of skills to be developed.


You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad in labs across Europe and UCLan has very strong links with France and Portugal so your second year can be spent in one of these countries. You can also work as a paid summer intern alongside academics on their research projects; many of which will have published outputs.

As a trained biological scientist, your communicative, numeracy, problem solving, analytical, practical, evaluative and investigative skills will stand you in good stead and open the door to a whole range of career options.

As a graduate you can embark on a variety of careers in areas such as food testing or food science, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, scientific journalism, chemical manufacturing and public utilities, or a broad range of careers within the bioscience industry. Several of our graduates go on to take a PGCE, while others go on to study for an MSc or PhD qualification.

A number of our students have entered the teaching profession; some are working in industrial laboratories while others are in research and development. One of our first class students has been working for a number of years in husbandry and two are presently studying for an MSc in Cancer Biology and Therapy at UCLan.

Studying Biological Sciences at UCLan was an intensely engaging and enjoyable process.

Nicholas Mccaffrey


Our state-of-the-art practical and research laboratories constantly evolve to ensure they are in line with modern practice, having recently been further enhanced by our impressive purpose-built JB Firth Building.