Foundation Year Science and Engineering degrees with a foundation year (Life Sciences route)

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Overview

Understanding normal and abnormal function brings science to a human context and is critical for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Our programmes range from the study of fundamental science in our human physiology course through to studying the characteristics and diagnosis of disease in biomedical science.

The Foundation Year provides a route onto a Life Sciences degree if you don't have the qualifications or have not studied advanced level subjects sufficiently related to your course of choice.

After successful completion of the Life Sciences Foundation Year, you can progress on to one of the relevant BSc (Hons) degrees:

Whichever route you take, you’ll have the skills and understanding you need to undertake further study or get started in your career.

Features and Benefits

“The Foundation Year aims to give the fundamental academic skills and knowledge required for successful transition into degree-level study. Our academic and personal support helps to build your confidence and strength in your own abilities and adjust to university life and structure.”

Dr Saeed Abu-Zour, Foundation Year Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Career Prospects

After successful completion of the Life Sciences Foundation Year, you can progress on to one of the relevant BSc (Hons) degrees.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

All Foundation Year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work.

International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. Details of the course content of each degree can be found by selecting the relevant course in the A to Z list of courses.

You will cover a number of topics to prepare you for higher education, including general principles of chemistry, human cells and genetics, human physiology and microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, numeracy and data analysis and academic skills for higher education.

  • Academic Skills for Higher Education 1
  • Academic Skills for Higher Education 2
  • Numeracy and Data Analysis 1
  • Numeracy and Data Analysis 2
  • General Principles of Chemistry
  • Foundation Human Cells and Genetics
  • Foundation Human Physiology and Microbiology
  • Foundation Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Academic Skills for Higher Education 1

This unit provides students with a range of essential skills to ensure that students are adequately prepared for undergraduate study and to enhance their employability attributes.

This will cover higher education terminology, independent study, working in groups, time management, note taking, literature review, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations.

Academic Skills for Higher Education 2

This unit continues to provide students with a range of essential skills to ensure that students are adequately prepared for undergraduate study and to enhance their employability attributes. This includes research skills, personal development planning and employability skills.

Numeracy and Data Analysis 1

This unit aims to introduce students to the basic ideas of numeracy, summarising data, probability, statistics and data analysis. The material will be presented in a practical manner so that students will be able to appreciate the usefulness of the learned methods in applications encountered in their linked degree subjects.

Numeracy and Data Analysis 2

This unit aims to introduce students to the basic ideas of algebra, functions, summarising data, probability, statistics and data analysis. The material will be presented in a practical manner so that students will be able to appreciate the usefulness of such methods in applications encountered in their linked degree subjects. Students will also be introduced to Excel.

General Principles of Chemistry

This unit is an introduction to basic principles and key concepts in chemistry, providing a platform of chemical knowledge for continuation or transition into higher education. 

Foundation Human Cells and Genetics

This unit explores human cells and the basics of human genetics. The cell biology component of the unit will explore biological molecules, cell structure and function, cellular organisation and metabolism, cell signalling, cell specialisation and cell differentiation. The genetics element of the unit will consider the biochemical and molecular biological basis of Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics in humans.  

Foundation Human Physiology and Microbiology

The unit explores Human Physiology and Microbiology. The physiology element of the unit will include a consideration of homeostasis and the physiology of a range of organ systems of the human body. The microbiology element of the unit will include an outline of the major groups of microbes (bacteria, fungi and viruses) and the importance of microorganisms to human health and disease. 

Foundation Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This unit facilitates the development of a knowledge and understanding in the basic principles, concepts and experimental techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Visit www.mmu.ac.uk/foundation for a full list of degrees available with an integral foundation year.

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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