School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

BSc (Hons) Human Biology with Foundation Year

Set yourself up for success in human biology. This new four year degree route (incorporating a foundation year) covers human biology, applied mathematics and study skills with option modules in chemistry, mathematics and statistics, and physics. Taught by University lecturers on campus, you’ll be part of the University from day one. If your current qualifications don’t allow you direct entry to degree level or if you have been out of formal education for some time, this course is for you.

Meeting relevant entry requirements at the end of your foundation course enables you to apply for progression into year one of selected degrees running in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences.

Key features

  • Provides a potential progression route to selected BSc (Hons) courses.
  • Participate in a high proportion of laboratory work and receive rapid feedback designed to support your learning.
  • Benefit from teaching from passionate staff who will support your academic development.
  • Discover the key concepts relevant to modern human biology and build on this knowledge as you progress through your chosen degree course.
  • Focus on areas of interest with optional modules in chemistry, physics, and mathematics and statistics.
  • Take advantage of access to a personal tutor who provides academic support and guidance.
  • Equip yourself with the skills to become a confident, critically self-aware, independent learner ready for the challenges of higher education and university life.
  • Practical sessions are held in our well-appointed laboratories.
  • Experience excellent mathematics support via the SUM: UP drop-in centre.
  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

Course details

  • Foundation Year
  • You will study six modules over the year, with compulsory modules in biology, human biology, study and mathematical skills and optional modules in chemistry, physics and mathematics and statistics. The course helps you progress on to one of our human biology degrees. You’ll be taught for about 17 hours per week and be expected to put in about the same amount of time in independent study.

    Core modules
    • BIO012 Biology 1

      This module introduces students to the study of biology and its fundamental importance as a cornerstone of modern science. No prior knowledge is required or assumed. The emphasis is on understanding some of the core principles of biology, and applying these across the breadth of the subject. To ensure that key practical skills are developed, the module will incorporate many hands-on learning experiences.

    • BIO013 Biology 2

      This module builds on the core ideas introduced in BIO012, introducing a range of additional biological concepts. There will be a strong emphasis on applying scientific principles to a wide range of topics in biology, including many hands-on learning experiences to ensure that key practical skills are developed.

    • BIO015 Issues in Human Biology

      This module examines the role of human biology in addressing key contemporary issues relating to human health, disease and therapeutics. The module takes an investigative approach, aiming to develop in students both a critical appreciation of the ways in which issues in Human Biology can be approached and resolved, and to develop in students the skills needed for effective self-directed study of such issues at undergraduate level.

    • GEES001 Study and Mathematical Skills for Science

      This module is designed to enable learners to adapt to the Higher Education Learning Environment by the development of a more independent, reflective and self-managed approach to study, learning, scientific writing, time management and mathematical skills for the study of science.

    Optional modules
    • CHM009 Chemistry 1

      This module introduces students into the world of chemistry and its fundamental importance as a cornerstone of science. No prior knowledge of science is required and the emphasis is on applying the principals of chemistry across a wide subject area, with many hands-on learning experiences.

    • CHM010 Chemistry 2

      This module is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills inculcated in CHM009 and to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of organic Chemistry at a level sufficient for entry to the degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering, including the Chemistry Degree programmes.

    • MATH019 Mathematics and Statistics for Science

      This module provides the basic mathematical background to enable learners to progress to honours degree programmes in science.

    • PHY009 Physics 1

      This module introduces students into the world of physics and its fundamental importance as the cornerstone of science. Little prior knowledge of science is required and the emphasis is on applying the principals of physics in all areas of science with many hands-on learning experiences.

    • PHY010 Physics 2

      This module is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills inculcated in PHY009 and to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of thermodynamics, environmental physics, nuclear physics, AC Theory and magnetics, at a level sufficient for entry to the degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Human Biology with Foundation Year programme specification 5477

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff


Applications from students with non-standard qualifications, including those without science qualifications at level 3, are welcomed and are assessed on an individual basis. This course is also suitable for those returning to study who can offer work or other related experience in place of formal qualifications and who have the equivalent of basic mathematical, English and science skills (i.e. the equivalent of a grade C at GCSE level)

A level: from a minimum of 2 A levels, including at least one pass in a science subject. Excluding general studies.

GCSE: mathematics and English language grade C.

International Baccalaureate: passes to include a science subject.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma MMP in a science related subject.

Access: pass an Access to HE Diploma (e.g science/combined studies/natural sciences/nursing). 

IB: 24 overall to include 3 at Higher Level science subject. English and mathematics must be included.

Other qualifications and professional experience may be considered. Interview may be required, please refer to institution for individual consideration.

We are aware of the various education systems throughout the world and make offers based on equivalent qualifications to those listed in our entry requirements. You should be able to possess the ability to study in the English language and be familiar with this in a scientific context. To that end, we will ask for a minimum IELTS score; this will not differ from that required for any other science degree, and support in scientific English is offered.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,000 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

BSc (Hons) Human Biology with Foundation Year progression

Find out which courses you can progress to after studying BSc (Hons) Human Biology with Foundation Year.

Progression information