BSc (Hons) Biological Science with a Foundation Year – In Partnership with Staffordshire University

What is this course about?

The Science Foundation Year (SFY) gives you the opportunity to enter degree courses in science if your qualifications do not meet normal Year 1 entry requirements. This is a proven route to achievement with a long track record of success. Importantly, the SFY is tailor-made to prepare you for the BSc (Hons.) Biological Science.

High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for Degree level study.  The Foundation Year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto the BSc (Hons) Boiological Science Degree.  This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE Level or have had a break in your studies.

It has a modular structure covering the four core components (Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science and Mathematics and Data Handling) ensuring that you have the foundation with subject knowledge and key transferable skills (including communication and IT) required to complete a biological science degree through which you will examine and understand the living world around you.

Entry Requirements


Application codes:

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
Course code C101
Institution code S72
Campus name Stoke-on-Trent College
Campus code A
* Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
* A levels: A, DD, EEE
* International applicants should have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all areas) or equivalent. For more information, please see:

We welcome applications from people with a variety of qualifications, skills and experience. We have a flexible approach to our admission of mature applicants and applicants from non-traditional or non-standard academic routes. Applicants are individually assessed and will be made an offer based on their circumstances. Staffordshire University recognises that previous experience gained in work or other areas of life may have prepared mature applicants for a course of study such as this.


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BSc (Hons) Biological Science with a Foundation Year – In Partnership with Staffordshire University

Start: 14/09/2020
Days: Mon
Time: 09:00-16:00

How is it taught

This course integrates scientific theory and practice and you will be taught by lecture, laboratory based practical experiments, group work, seminar based work and research. The first year of the course is based at Stoke on Trent College and the subsequent three years are taken at Staffordshire University in Stoke on Trent. Stoke on Trent College’s Science team are based in the new University Science Centre on the University Campus, therefore, you will study in this new, state-of-the-art facility.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by examinations, coursework and class tests, giving you feedback on your progress whilst allowing you to develop the skills required when tackling a variety of assessment types.

What else do I need to know?

During the year you will study the following areas: Mathematics and Data handling, Biology, Chemistry, and Applied Science. Financial support, including HE Loans may be available towards the cost of this course and other expenses depending upon your personal circumstances. For more information please see Students on this course will pay a lower fee of £5950 for Year 1 (Level 3) and will go on to pay standard University fees for years 2 (Level 4), 3 (Level 5) and 4 (Level 6).

What could I do next?

You will study your first year at Stoke on Trent College and on successful completion of year one (Level 3) will join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke on Trent University Campus to complete years 2 (Level 4), 3 (Level 5) and 4 (Level 6).
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