Biological Sciences with Foundation Year BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

Course Accredited By


  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
This Foundation Year programme is aimed at students who wish to study Biological Sciences or Medical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester, whose A-level subjects don’t match our entry criteria or who don’t have the necessary entry requirements
  • Completion of the integrated Foundation Year at the level required will enable you to progress onto the first year of the BSc in Biological Sciences, from where you will be able to transfer, if you wish, onto one of our other, more specialised Biological Sciences or Medical Sciences degrees.
  • You will be taught by expert academic staff from across a number of departments in the College of Life Sciences, studying alongside other students in the School of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Psychology.
  • The course strongly emphasises the development of the study skills that will be necessary for success in your undergraduate studies and beyond. These study skills will be integrated within the course material and take advantage of innovative learning technologies.
  • During your Foundation Year you will join our student community and be able to enjoy all aspects of the University of Leicester student experience. You will be able to join the Students’ Union, use our academic and leisure facilities, live in our accommodation and access all of our support services.
  • You will have a personal tutor to support you, and our excellent staff/student ratio means that you will get all the help you need throughout your studies.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • GCSEs: English and Maths at grade C /4 or above.
  • A-levels: CCC to include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM, plus five GCSEs at BBBCC/55544 including two relevant science subjects at B/5. Core science accepted. Healthcare related subjects considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level three, including 15 at distinction and 15 at merit. Core science accepted. Healthcare related subjects considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Foundation Year


  • Foundations of Biological Sciences
  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Biological Sciences: Molecules to Systems
  • You will also develop the core study skills necessary for successful university level study, including problem solving, team working, research techniques, report writing skills, presentation skills, information handling and IT skills.

Year 1


  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (double module)
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology (double module)
  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics
  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (double module)
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Year 2

Core module

  • Research Topic

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Genomes
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Physiology of Excitable Cells
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Global Change Biology and Conservation
  • Medical Microbiology

Then choose four option modules from:

  • Contemporary Techniques in Biological Data Analysis 
  • Exercise Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Genes, Development and Inheritance
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (with science enterprise trip)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Behavioural Neurobiology
  • Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour
  • A Field Guide to Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation

Year 3

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Gene Expression: Molecular Basis and Medical Relevance
  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Human Genetics
  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Structural Biology
  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)
  • Field Research Project A (Operation Wallacea) plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below
  • Steered Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

Finally, choose three option modules from:

  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics
  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics
  • Neuroscience Futures
  • Genes and Development
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour
  • Cellular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Current and Future Therapeutics
  • Conservation and Ecological Genetics
  • Behavioural Ecology

UK and EU Students 

Starting in 2021 

  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • The tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations. If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.
  • Additional costs for the BSc in Biological Science 

Additional costs for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed but, as an indication, the following was the case for students who started in 2020/21: 

  • The third year option module Microbial Biotechnology includes a field trip. The cost of this field trip is included in your tuition fee. The third year option module Suptropical Physiology and Ecology includes an optional field trip. 
  • The cost of this field trip is £1,500 and is not included in your tuition fee. The third year option module Behavioural Ecology includes an optional field trip. The cost of this field trip is £450 and is not included in your tuition fee.

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