School of Life Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

This course, which is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, will help form and develop a strong, practiced bedrock of knowledge in the fascinating field of Biological Sciences.

This course, which is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, will help form and develop a strong, practiced bedrock of knowledge in the fascinating field of Biological Sciences.

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (4 years),Part-time (8 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School of Life Sciences
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Why choose this course?

 This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

This course will help form and develop a strong, practiced bedrock of knowledge in the fascinating field of Biological Sciences.

Taking the offered foundation year programme will help solidify your relevant topic knowledge, practicing fundamentals of Bioscience and Healthcare Science alongside transferrable communication, study and mathematics skills, all of which will be further built upon over concurrent years in practical-focused study, employing the University’s state-of-the art Rosalind Franklin building under informed, enthusiastic supervision.

By the time of your graduation, you will be equipped to enter a variety of professions, many of which you may directly prepare for through specialisation during your course.

What happens on the course?

The structure of this course will provide you with fundamental subject knowledge, integrating technical, practical, problem solving and career relevant aspects of study into the curriculum. Your eventual qualification will open up a number of options for employment and higher education, for which the material taught and skills earned throughout your course will more than sufficiently prepare you. By taking the foundation year, you will have additional time to enforce your core skills and inform your topical awareness, allowing you to deftly advance through university education.

Foundation year modules are oriented around introducing topics this course is concerned with – an overview of biology as a subject, career opportunities in the Healthcare Science field, problem solving within science and engineering disciplines – thereby granting you a crucial groundwork for ongoing study. In addition to this relevant subject knowledge, the programme will strengthen transferrable skills crucial to several fields of employment, honing your reading, study, written and oral communication skills, as well as the basic level of mathematics necessary for the subject. Following this, your next year of study will more broadly inform you on specialised topics in biological sciences which will be expanded upon throughout the rest of your course, where you will be given options to select your preferred specialisations according to your desired career path.

Your studies will make use of the resources present at Wolverhampton City Campus, in particular its prestigious Rosalind Franklin building; its hosting of cell growing and fermentation facilities among other state-of-the-art laboratories fuelling this course’s emphasis on practical application for your research. You will work with experienced teachers and researchers with crucial understandings of graduate opportunities in science industries, further encouraging your individual growth into careers of your choosing. Assessments also reflect this approach, particularly your Honours research project within your preferred specialism, which you will complete in your final year.

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The achievements of this course ably demonstrate its quality; with a 100% student satisfaction rate, an ‘excellent’ rating by the Quality Assurance Agency (23/34) and accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology, the University of Wolverhampton’s 20-year history teaching the subject evidences its quality. The Rosalind Franklin building offers genetic, molecular and product analysis tools alongside cell growing and fermentation facilities, all to be used under the supervision of enthusiastic teaching staff.

Subject knowledge, literacy skills and numeracy aptitude will enhance your career prospects both in and outside of science employment. Opportunities for work placements and the practical nature of course activities will prepare you for potential vocations and further academic study. Other activities will improve your digital literacy, oral presentation skills, time management and career planning.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14950 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £15450 per year 2024-25

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Prepare for Foundation Pathway: - We will consider mature applicants (age 21 or over) who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience.  You will be required to attend a compulsory Prepare for foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course.  If you would like more advice and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact Gateway to discuss and support you making an application to us.

Academic Pathway: - 48+ UCAS tariff points


  • A-levels: Grade profile of DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (48 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at pass)
  • BTEC: Grade profile of PPP
  • T-Level: Pass grade with a core component profile less than C.
  • Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old or above at the start of the course.

“Staff were knowledgeable, as well as, accessible (not something I had experienced elsewhere) and there was a real sense that the whole school cared about the achievements of its students.”


“My overall experience has been brilliant. Lecturers were always so encouraging and enthusiastic from an Open Day to my final days at the University. Looking back all I can say is that on the first day of my course I would have never thought that I would come out with a First Class Degree. I cannot emphasise enough how helpful the staff were at the University, they were always so friendly and approachable which made my journey all the more enjoyable.”


“After underachieving during A-level studies, the University of Wolverhampton helped me accomplish more than I ever expected. Using the support of academic staff and the careers team, I was able to develop both my academic skills and career prospects. At all times, staff were friendly and easy to contact for help. Accordingly, I only have positive comments to make, and would recommend the Applied Biological Sciences course to all.”

Royal Society of Biology

"Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol)."

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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