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Biosciences with a Foundation Year / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
Foundation Course
1 (as part of 4/5 yr integrated degree programme)
Typical A-level offer
Students are accepted from a wide range of backgrounds. Each application is considered individually.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
See GCE A-level requirements.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of our biological and biomedical sciences courses. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code

Course description

Our BSc Biosciences with a Foundation Year (formerly known as Life Sciences with a Foundation Year) course enables all of our biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses to be studied with a foundation year if you do not have a science background or the appropriate entry qualifications.

Taught by Xaverian College  close to the University campus, the foundation year provides the necessary academic background in biology, chemistry and mathematics to prepare you for study on any one of our  biological  or  biomedical  science courses.

There is also a complementary programme of tutorials, seminars and laboratory practicals at the main University campus.

Successful completion of the foundation year allows you direct entry onto any of our three- or four-year degree courses.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year, in which we take part.

We also operate campus tours which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact our Admissions Office on +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email .


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 p/a. However all international students will receive a bursary for £11,750 in the foundation year.. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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