Bioscience this is what I studied as an undergraduate, and it helped me to decide which aspects of biology I wanted to continue with at postgraduate level. It also gave me a broad knowledge of biology which helps me in my current role as course director.

Dr Carol Trim

    How do you want to study?

    Duration:

    4 years

    UCAS code:

    C192

    Location(s):

    Canterbury
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    Overview

    Bioscience is a broad and fascinating subject area covering plant and animal physiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, diseases, ecology and genetics.

    Studying bioscience will provide you with the skills in solving some of the biggest challenges faced by people and the planet including fighting diseases, protecting the environment and feeding a growing population.

    Why study Bioscience with Foundation Year?

    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through the degree.

    Teaching draws on the expertise and experience of our diverse and multi-disciplinary teaching team. This means you will be working with lecturers who have experience in integrating knowledge and applied skills across disciplinary boundaries. This is key to modern scientific discovery and will give you the transferrable skills to make you a flexible and attractive candidate for potential employers.

      All about the course

      Over four years you will develop the skills to collect and analyse scientific data independently as you research topics of your own choice, often with specific employment goals in mind.

      You will also have the opportunity to interact and even collaborate with range of employers in the field, including the Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park (in Sandwich), Biotech companies based at Discovery Park (for example Pfizer, Venomtech, Algaecytes), Howletts and Port Lympne Zoos, Wildwood and Wingham Wildlife Park, and the Fruit Advisory Services Team (FAST) at Brogdale.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type

      Grades

      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

      32
      UCAS Points

      How you’ll learn

      You will study the modules listed below. Module descriptors will follow soon.

      Level 0 modules:

      • Introduction to Biology
      • Introduction to Chemistry
      • Science skills
      • Advancing Chemistry
      • Maths and Physics for the Life Sciences
      • Advancing Biology

      Level 4:

      • Biochemistry 1
      • Statistics and Introduction to R Software
      • Cell Biology and Genetics
      • Microbiology
      • Chemistry for Life and Environmental Science
      • Diversity, Evolution and Ecology

      Level 5:

      • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      • Plant Physiology and Development
      • Bioinformatics and Data Handling

      Optional modules at Level 5:

      Option Bucket A (choose one from this bucket):

      • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
      • Animal Genetics
      • Plant Genetics

      Option Bucket B (choose one from this bucket):

      • Animal Pests and Diseases
      • Plant Pests and Pathogens

      Option Bucket C (choose one from this bucket):

      • Soils, Plants and the Environment
      • Principles of Conservation
      • Work Placement

      Level 6:

      • Honours Project in Bioscience (40 credits)
      • Advanced Plant Physiology and Development
      • Animal Reproduction and Development
      • Advanced Bioinformatics

      Optional modules at Level 6:

      • Immunology and Cancer Biology
      • Plant Product Chemistry

      You will be taught through a combination of blended learning with workshops, laboratory practicals, field visits and seminars.

      Workshops will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your personal academic tutor at least once each semester, but you are encouraged to arrange additional meetings as required.

      You will use industry-standard software and will have access to specialist facilities and equipment throughout your course.

      In the final year, you will conduct an independent research project focusing on your particular interests and skills development. You will be supervised by a member of our academic team and guided in undertaking independent research, data analysis and presentation of your results. Depending on the topic of your project, you may also have the opportunity to collaborate with an industry partner on an industry-relevant research project.

      Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

      When not attending workshops, practical sessions or other timetabled activities, you will continue learning through self-study that will be structured for you by the module leader for each module. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, engaging with online learning materials (videos, quizzes etc.), undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the Honours Project module in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of our academic team, with support of other members of the teaching team where necessary. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications and are research-active with experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

      Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is also a formal or 'summative' assessment element for each of the modules. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments, such as laboratory reports, literature reviews, skills assessments, presentations and your final year major project. Some modules also have a formally assessed exam. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

      Typically, there will be two coursework assessments weighted at 50% and 40% and a practical skills portfolio weighted at 10%. Some modules will have an exam that replaces the 50% piece of coursework.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader or personal academic tutor.

      We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

      Your future career

      Due to its integrated and highly interdisciplinary nature, a degree in the Biosciences opens up a broad range of career pathways for you that could include anything from the biotechnology sector to environmental management. Alternatively, you may choose to continue on to postgraduate study through to PhD.

      Fees

      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Specialist Facilities

      You will benefit from specialist laboratories in our new multi-million-pound Verena Holmes Building at our Canterbury Campus. Additionally, our Industry Liaison Lab is located on Kent's leading science business park, Discovery Park, which is a thriving part of the South East’s life science community.

      Industry Links

      We have links with a number of bioscience companies and concerns in Kent (e.g., Pfizer, Algaecytes, FAST at Brogdale).

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      Duration:

      4 years

      UCAS code:

      C192

      Location(s):

      Canterbury
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