International Foundation in Biosciences

Introduction

Overview

Preparing students for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in a range of Bioscience-related subjects at The University of Manchester.

On campus and online study options
This program is available to study either on campus or online – giving students the flexibility to choose what’s best for them.

If your student starts online, they’ll have the opportunity to transfer to an on-campus program the following term. They’ll need to meet any visa requirements and demonstrate good attendance and performance during their studies online.

If your student applies for an Online Extended program, they’ll be offered an Online Academic English plus online or on-campus academic pathway study plan.

Key information

  • Practise academic writing skills, particularly relating to laboratory reports.
  • Learn the skills to understand scientific data through online learning activities in a data-handling clinic.
  • Visit the University faculty to meet with academic staff and gain an insight into different degree programmes.
  • Progression degrees offer industrial placement offer.

Fast facts

Class duration

Typically held Monday to Friday between 08.00 - 19.00 excluding bank holidays. However, there may be instances where classes need to be held outside these times due to unforeseen circumstances.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 20

Award

International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from NCUK.

Teaching

Teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Pratical exercises.
  • Group work.

Why The University of Manchester?

  • Excellent faculty links including charities, industry and the NHS.
  • Specialist facilities include Bioimaging, DNA sequencing, Histology and Bioinformatics.
  • Home to specialist research centres such as Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre, Systems Microscopy Centre and NIHR/Wellcome Manchester Clinical Research Facility.
  • Placement option available for all progression degrees.
Start Dates September January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement

16

Academic requirements

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all subskills) or equivalent

Dates & fees

September 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 12 September 2022 - Fri 16 December 2022
Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 31 March 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 16 June 2023


January 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 9 January 2023 - Thu 6 April 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 26 May 2023
Tue 30 May 2023 - Fri 25 August 2023


Modules

Term 1 modules

Credit value

Biology

Chemistry

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

Mathematics

Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Anatomical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Anatomical Sciences with a Modern Language-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject)

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Anatomical Sciences-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Anatomical Sciences-MSci

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biochemistry-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with AA in Chemistry and another science subject (preferably Biology), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biochemistry-MSci

AAB with AA in Chemistry and another science subject (preferably Biology), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biology-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biomedical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B

AA (Chem, Biol) B


Biomedical Sciences-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Biotechnology-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Cell Biology-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Developmental Biology-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Earth and Planetary Sciences-BSc (Hons)

AAB including one science subject

B with no sub-skill below B

Including one science subject


Genetics-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Immunology-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Life Sciences-BSc (Hons)

P

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Medical Biochemistry-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry is compu

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry is compulsory, Biology is preferred as a second science subject.)


Medical Biochemistry-MSci

Points: 136, Grades: AAB

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B

AA (Chem, Biol), B


Medical Physiology-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biol

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Medical Physiology-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Bio)

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Microbiology-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biol

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Molecular Biology-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry is compu

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry is compulsory, Biology is preferred as a second science subject.)


Neuroscience-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biol

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Pharmacology and Physiology-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biol

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Pharmacology-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biol

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)


Plant Science-BSc (Hons)

P

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biol

B with no component below B

Grades of AAB (Grade A in two sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Chemistry and Biology are preferred.)