International Year One in Biology



Preparing students for direct entry to Year 2 of a three-year undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Key information

  • Learn the essential information about the physical and chemical principles that underpin our understanding of biochemical systems and cellular metabolism.
  • Become familiar with the key aspects of cell biology and how these relate to the physiology of living systems.
  • Develop a range of skills needed as a biologist and in future employment.
  • Explore the evolution of the major groups of microorganisms, plants and animals.
  • Learn about the main ideas in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology and ecology.
  • Discover how information is stored in DNA, expressed, copied and repaired, and how DNA is transmitted between generations.

Fast facts

Class duration

  • Average classes per week: 20-30 hours

Classes are held Monday to Friday between 8.30am-6.30pm, excluding bank holidays.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 17


Certificate of Higher Education (RQF Level 4) from the University of East Anglia.


Teaching methods

  • Lectures which are taught alongside current UEA students.
  • Seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Group projects and presentations.
  • Practical exercises in laboratories.

Why University of East Anglia?

  • 100% internationally-recognised research environment in Biological Sciences (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • UEA gradutes have gone on to work at clinical laboratories, work in the pharmaceutical industry and have completed a PhD.
  • 50% of module credits are earned at the University of East Anglia alongside first-year students.
  • Utilise the brand new Building for Science and Engineering, comprising three floors of science teaching labs dedicated to biological sciences, as well as the Norwich Research Park and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on campus.
Start Dates September
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement


Academic requirements

Satisfactory completion of A-levels to the required standards or first year of overseas university degree with good grades or equivalent

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent

Dates & fees

September 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 19 September 2022 - Fri 16 December 2022
Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 24 March 2023
Mon 10 April 2023 - Fri 16 June 2023


A total of 120 credits must be earnt to successfully complete the pathway programme.

Term 1 modules

Credit value


20 Credits

Biological Chemistry for International Students

20 Credits

Cell Biology and Physiology for International Students

20 Credits

English and Skills for Biologists

20 Credits

Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology

20 Credits

Molecular Biology and Genetics

20 Credits


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Biological Sciences (with a Year in Industry)-BSc (Hons)

40% in all UEA modules and 55% all INTO modules

65% in INTO Writing and Speaking assessments

Biological Sciences-BSc (Hons)

40% in all UEA modules and 55% all INTO modules

65% overall and minimum of 60% in any component

Biological Sciences-MSci

60% in all modules

65% in INTO Writing and Speaking assessments

Molecular Biology and Genetics-BSc (Hons)

40% in all UEA modules and 55% all INTO modules

65% in INTO Writing and Speaking assessments