I honestly can’t think of a subject that would better increase your appreciation of being alive than Human Biology. I really recommend coming to study Human Biology at Christ Church.Stuart, Human Biology student
This exciting area of the sciences is part of a rapidly expanding sector. The course will give you the knowledge and skills needed for a range of careers.
From the core biological sciences to areas including human genetics, health and disease, and sport and exercise training, this course with foundation year is designed to help you succeed.
You will learn from experts recognised for their high-quality teaching, ensuring that you are studying up-to-date and relevant material. You will also enhance your practical skills with a significant amount of laboratory work as part of the course.
You will also have the chance to gain further skills as part of our ‘Added Value’ programme and collaborate with biotech companies through the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab and advisory companies such as FAST Brogdale.
If you're interested in studying the structure and function of the human body along with sport and exercise physiology then this is the course for you.
Our Human Biology course combines the life sciences that are underpinned by fundamental biology with aspects of sports science, making it a challenging and highly appropriate degree if you are planning a career in scientific research or healthcare.
During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through the degree. You'll also learn the fundamentals of chemistry, biology and physics, so that you are prepared to study science in depth from Year 1 onward.
Find out more about the Verena Holmes Building, an inspirational learning environment, with industry-standard, hi-tech facilities on every floor.
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.
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
During the foundation year, you'll study the core sciences of biology, chemistry and physics. You'll also develop essential study skills to help you throughout your degree.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, field trips, visits to employers, seminars, guest speaker lectures and practical workshops. You'll also benefit from tutorial sessions where you can discuss your work and progress with an individual personal tutor, and small group seminars focusing on specific topics.
The course is designed to support you in becoming a confident, independent learner and some of your learning will be through experimentation and observation.
Teaching material is posted on the virtual learning environment.
Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module director will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class through the virtual learning environment.
Each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study which includes formal contact (lectures, practicals, tutorials, workshops), structured independent learning (prescribed reading and/or online exercises) and independent learning.
Each module in the foundation year and Year 1 has 60 hours of formal contact, supplemented with 40 hours of structured independent learning. As you develop and become more independent, formal contact and structured learning reduces to 50 hours of contact and 30 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 2 and 40 hours of contact and 20 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 3.
The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience. They are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.
All our core team members hold doctoral qualifications and most hold or are working toward postgraduate teaching qualifications. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team web page.
Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.
You should note that members of the teaching team might change.
Assessment is by both coursework and examination. Individual modules are assessed either solely by coursework or by an equally-weighted combination of coursework and examination. Examination allows assessment of a student’s understanding of important key concepts and accounts for less than half the assessment of the programme overall. Coursework assessments permit students to develop key scientific and transferable skills and assignments include: scientific lab/log books, written reports, written scientific papers, discursive essays,
PowerPoint presentations and poster presentations. There is a maximum of two assessments per 20 credit module studied, each module is therefore assessed by a maximum of two pieces of coursework or by one piece of coursework and an examination. In all cases, feedback on the first piece of assessment will be returned to the students in time to inform the second piece of assessment.
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 tutor. We endeavour to provide you with feedback as soon as possible following hand-in of formative assessment and within 20 working days of hand-in of formal coursework assessment.
Graduates can use their training to pursue a range of career opportunities including academic or industrial research, project management, scientific communication, pharmaceutical product design and manufacture, healthcare and sports healthcare.
Alternatively, graduates have the option to take on further study through taught or research postgraduate training including MSc by research or MPhil/Ph.D., or a Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies enabling advanced training for a career in clinical healthcare.
In addition to these courses, postgraduate entry into Medicine or the Scientific Training Programme (STP) is available to those who wish to pursue a career in healthcare or sport and exercise medicine.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - placement year *||£1,850||N/A|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £1,850 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
This course is associated with the university’s Industry Liaison Labs at Discovery Park, Sandwich. You will have the opportunity to undertake laboratory work at this site. The location of these specialist facilities within an industrial setting facilitates access to and collaboration with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
The University’s Industry Liaison Lab works with many companies in healthcare research and development, drug discovery and equipment design and manufacture.
"Venomtech have been very impressed with our partners at Canterbury Christ Church University, this partnership has enabled us to progress projects much faster than we could on our own. This includes being able to generate novel data on the use of our products through student projects, advancing research into new antibiotics and cancer therapies from venoms and increasing the understanding of invertebrate welfare. Generation of this proof of concept data has, and continues to have, a positive influence with our potential customers and therefore our business. I also impart my 10+ years industrial drug discovery experience directly to the students as part of the Drug Discovery and Development module.
As a science employer in the area, Venomtech benefit greatly from being directly involved in the curriculum to make sure the new graduates have the skills useful to employers. This includes an understanding of applied drug discovery that will make CCCU graduates stand out from others in job interviews.”
Steve Trim, CEO, Venomtech Ltd
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