Biology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)
* New course, subject to validation
Please Note: this course offering is currently subject to validation. We expect this course to be validated soon, after which time you will be able to submit your application via UCAS, using the UCAS code above.
Biology covers both the unity and diversity of living organisms. You will be able to develop interests in plant and animal science and receive a thorough grounding in cell and molecular biology, as well as access modules as diverse as marine ecology and medical genetics.
The BSc Biology with Foundation Year programme combines a foundation year with the three year Honours Degree to create an integrated four year programme. The programme provides an excellent introduction to studying a science subject at university and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to study at degree-level. The with Foundation Year programme is ideal for applicants who do not quite meet the entry requirements for the three year degree or who would benefit from further a further year’s study in relation to studying a science subject.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will see you progress to Year 1 of the Biology programme.
As a Bangor University student, you will be taught by committed and enthusiastic staff and will have access to the University’s extensive student support network and facilities.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Cutting-edge science is integral to our research programmes, and feeds through into the teaching environment. Our expertise in biology covers aspects of stress biology, energetics, adaptation to change, population genetics, biogeography, molecular ecology, climate change and carbon stores, cell and genomic biology, environmental micro-biology, neurobiology and development.
- Our excellent facilities include: a Botanical Garden; our own Natural History Museum containing a comprehensive collection of invertebrate and vertebrate material and extensive marine and freshwater aquaria; and the Robert Edwards Laboratory for teaching cell and molecular biology.
- Bangor’s location makes it an ideal place to study biology – the range of soil types, climate and topography provides numerous diverse habitats, all within easy reach for field-based studies.
- Bangor is home to the divisional offices of Natural Resources Wales and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, both of which have close links to the University and staff associated with this course.
- Exchange programmes and opportunities for studying abroad available – see introductory pages of this prospectus for details.
You will receive training that covers the biology of plants and animals – from their molecular biology to their function in natural communities. Throughout your degree you will study a range of modules and engage in a wide variety of different learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practicals. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and skills through undertaking a wide variety of assessments.
Extensive use is made of the exceptional range of local terrestrial and aquatic habitats during field courses and practical classes. We are unusual among British Universities in having our own botanical gardens with various habitats for biological studies. We are also part of the Environment Centre Wales which is a partnership venture between Bangor University and the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).
For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.
What will you study on this course?
The Foundation Year component of the programme is designed to prepare you for degree-level study. You will study a range of modules focused on your developing your academic skills and subject-specific knowledge, ahead of progressing to Year 1 of the programme. You will complete modules focusing on IT and Communication Skills, Essential Mathematics and develop a range of skills through a subject specific research project. In addition, you will complete modules on Essential Biology and Essential Chemistry.
Year 1 and 2 of the programme aim to consolidate and deepen your knowledge and widen skills base. The aim of the third year is to further develop your critical understanding of the subject and to further enhance your employability.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Biologists pursue a range of careers from being environmental consultants to working in research and development, the health service and further education.
Employability and the School of Natural Sciences
As a graduate with a good degree from the School of Natural Sciences, a variety of careers will be open to you. There are careers for which a Biological Sciences degree is essential, and careers for which Biological Sciences provides a useful base.
In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a Biological Sciences degree arguably provides a unique combination of these.
Find out more on the School's 'Careers for our graduates' pages.
For 2020 Entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 48 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.
- A Levels (including: AS-levels, General Studies)
- International Baccalaureate
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- BTEC Diplomas and Certificate are accepted and Cambridge Technical Diplomas / Certificates
- Cambridge Technical Diplomas and Certificates
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
- Scottish Highers
- Irish Leaving Certificate is accepted
We also welcome applications from mature applicants. Mature students and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
We are currently unable to accept applications from international students for this course.
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College. Successful completion of Year 0 of the equivalent International programme guarantees entry to Year 1 of the same Bangor University degree programme. Through this route, Year 0 is delivered at Bangor University International College (BUIC) located at the heart of our University Campus and run by our partner, Oxford International Education Group.
For more information, visit: www.bangor.ac.uk/buic/
General University entry requirements Home/EU applicants
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages.
Home/EU UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
Email to International Admissions: email@example.com or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
Suitable clothing and equipment for fieldwork will be required e.g. walking boots and waterproofs, rucksack. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £50-£80.
Appropriate stationary for note-taking during classes, e.g. notepad, pens and pencils. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £5-£15.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students may be required to provide their own food on the Year 2 fieldcourses. The cost for these will vary. Materials for the preparation of assessments: the cost and number of these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£15.
Travel costs to undertake any fieldwork as part of Year 3 Honours Project research. The cost will vary by project (and may not even be incurred). Approximate cost for a UK-based project in a student’s home area: £15-£20.
Cost for optional residential Year 2 fieldcourse. The cost will vary by trip. Approximate cost £600.
Purchase of Wellington Boots for fieldwork. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£20.
Costs of any visas and vaccinations required if the student opts to undertake project work overseas. The cost for these will vary.
The Admissions Administrator
Tel: 01248 388616
Why study a Biological Sciences degree?
- Bangor University has a long tradition in teaching and research in the Biological Sciences.
- Research submitted by Biological Sciences has been recognised as being within the top 20 in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
- Our students enjoy being here and expressed their praise for the quality of the teaching and pastoral care provided by Biological Sciences
- Our staff have a strong commitment to providing excellent teaching and care for their students.
- We have excellent facilities for the study of both flora and fauna – these include snake, lizard and fish collections a Botanic Garden and a Natural History Museum.
- We offer a wide range of degrees in the Biological Sciences encompassing 'traditional' disciplines such as Zoology and Biology to Biology with Biotechnology.
- We offer the opportunity to study at a university in the United States for all or part of the second year.
- Biology BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Biology MBiol (4 years)
- Biology with Biotechnology BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Biology with Biotechnology MBiol (4 years)
- Marine Biology and Oceanography MSci (4 years)
- Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Wildlife Conservation (with placement year) BSc (Hons) (4 years)
- Zoology BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Zoology MZool (4 years)
- Zoology with Animal Behaviour BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Zoology with Animal Behaviour MZool (Animal Behaviour) (4 years)
- Zoology with Climate Change Studies BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Zoology with Climate Change Studies MZool (Climate Change Studies) (4 years)
- Zoology with Conservation BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Zoology with Conservation MZool (Conservation) (4 years)
- Zoology with Conservation (with Placement Year) BSc (Hons) (4 years)
- Zoology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) (4 years)
- Zoology with Herpetology BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Zoology with Herpetology MZool (Herpetology) (4 years)
- Zoology with Marine Zoology BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Zoology with Marine Zoology MZool (Marine Zoology) (4 years)
- Zoology with Ornithology BSc (3 years)
- Zoology with Ornithology MZool (Ornithology) (4 years)
- Zoology with Primatology BSc (Hons) (3 years)
- Zoology with Primatology MZool (Primatology) (4 years)