Biosciences with a Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Foundation Year

Course unit fact file
Unit code BIOL10900
Credit rating 0
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


To provide students with additional academic support in the form of laboratory practical classes, seminars and activities taught at the main University campus.


No prerequisites are required. This unit is only available for students enrolled on the Biosciences with a Foundation Year degree.

Learning outcomes

Students will gain additional expertise in laboratory skills, becoming familiar with equipment and techniques frequently encountered in University laboratories. In addition, students will gain confidence in oral and written communication and in their ability to work as part of a team.


The unit will run over both semesters. Students will be expected to attend sessions at the main University campus as arranged. These sessions will be expected to include:

  • Laboratory practical classes (microbiology, molecular-genetics, predator-prey relationships and human physiology)
  • Seminars
  • Tutorial sessions

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on marks awarded for satisfactory completion of exercises during tutorial classes and for practical coursework. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 64

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Sarah Finn-Sell Unit coordinator

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