Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences)

Entry Year: 2019

2 study options

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences) BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
CCX1
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,100
Funding information
Paying your fees

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences) MSci (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
CCY1
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,100
Funding information
Paying your fees
Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences)
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Overview

This is a 4 year intergrated degree programme at Queen Mary University of London. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you may continue on a full time three year BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences degree.

 Intergrated degree programmes are suitable for Home/EU and International students who are studying towards  or already possess  a minimum of 3 A Levels (or equivalent) but are not predicted or have not achieved the required grades for direct entry onto the degree that they have applied for via UCAS.

Why Choose a Queen Mary University of London foundation?

 

You may progress onto an undergraduate degree in one of the following programmes at Queen Mary, subject to meeting the progression requirements. You do not have to re-apply via UCAS after the foundation year as this is a 4 year programme

Subject to academic achievement, you have the option of completing an additional year of advanced study to gradauate with an MSc

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Structure

Students usually complete the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences) in four years but those who study for the additional MSc year will complete in five years.

Year 1

Foundation year

Below is the course structure for your foundation year. The modules that you enrol on for the foundation year will determine which degree you will progress onto, subject to meeting the progression requirements.

Compulsory

  • A Closer Look at Chemistry
  • Diversity and Ecology
  • Form and Function in Biology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Communication in Science and Technology

*Allocated Modules

  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics B

*You are automatically allocated to the Maths modules depending on your previous Mathematics qualification.

Please note that each Mathematics module has a double weighting. The usual weighting of a module is 15 credits but a Mathemetics module is 30 credits. 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Years 2 - 4

Modules are dependant on your chosen degree programme, and whether you opt to study towards a BSc (four years) or MSc (five years). You can choose from:

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

MSci

The MSc option is only available for Biochemistry.  An MSc entails studying advanced modules including a research dissertation. Apply for the MSc Biochemistry if you are interested in a career in academic or industrial research.  

Testimonial

Everyone at Queen Mary has been really welcoming – as a foundation student, there is a lot of support available and I have really enjoyed becoming part of the Queen Mary student community.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

We use a combination of teaching styles – lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

A typical weekly workload is six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you are advised to spend 20-25 hours per week additional study.

Assessment

Some modules, such as Communication in Science and Technology, are assessed by coursework only and there is no final examination.  Other modules are assessed by a written examination (usually 70% of the final mark) combined with a percentage of coursework (usually 30% of the final mark)

 

Coursework typically comprises of practical/laboratory reports, essays, homework, online exercises and class tests. 

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

Entry requirements

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences) - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 26 points overall, including 3,3 from two Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level. A second science subject at Higher Level of Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction, 15 credits at Merit and 15 credits at Pass or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences) - MSci (Hons)

A-LevelGrades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 26 points overall, including 3,3 from two Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level. A second science subject at Higher Level of Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction, 15 credits at Merit and 15 credits at Pass or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Progression onto biological sciences programmes

After the foundation year, subject to meeting the progression requirements, you will be offered a place on a Bological Sciences degree at Queen Mary University of London.  Progression requirements vary depending on your degree choice.  You may also use your foundation certificate to apply to other UK universities but you must apply via UCAS if you decide on this choice. 

Biology

Biological sciences graduates are equipped for careers in conservation and wildlife management, Biotechnology or the agricultural sector. Many of our students go onto  clinical and laboratory work, postgraduate research or science education. Others use their  transferable skills in marketing and finance.

Recent biological sciences graduates have been hired by:

  • Arcadia Group
  • Bloomberg
  • Boots
  • the Civil Service
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • the NHS.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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