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UDBIOSFY - BSc (Hons) Biological Science (including foundation year)

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science, Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate
Total credits for course 480
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Human Sciences
Subject Area Biosciences
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time 6 YEARS 8 YEARS
Full-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The BSc course is designed to be fully inclusive, engaging with the sociocultural diversity of our students and ensuring that all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment allows for the promotion of different learning styles and an understanding of the multi-disciplinary areas of Biological Science. Students will develop knowledge and skills which will empower them to be autonomous professional practitioners and be inclusive in their own careers and practice. The course will foster high level reasoning skills and promote lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD). Our graduates will go out into the world as confident, values driven and successful individuals, who as critical thinkers and problem solvers and are able to make a positive contribution to society.
Teaching and learning activities are integrated with assessment processes in line with the School learning and teaching strategy and the Education for Social Justice Framework (ESJF). Our inclusive assessment is cognisant of the student voice and reflective of different student learning styles. A Blended approach is utilised, with the methods used accommodating different learning styles and enable students to shine. Active learning techniques are used. There is an emphasis is placed on self-directed and problem-based learning within a lecture/tutorial/ practical framework and materials delivered via the VLE allowing students to be actively involved in the learning process, and encouraged to recognise and develop their own learning style. The Course learning materials are responsive to student diversity, accessibility and designed to support different learning styles. Students will explore case studies to promote critical reasoning within a professional context. They will compare laboratory diagnostic methods, consider new methodologies and examine research literature. Tutorial exercises and progress tests will be used to provide students with feedback on their progress. Students are expected to complement formal teaching with self-directed reading. The summative assessment of students’ knowledge base and their understanding will be incorporated into formal in-course tests/exercises and the individual presentation completed at the end of each unit. Coursework and online tests are also used to provide formative feedback. Formative diagnostic assessment of knowledge and understanding is carried out, particularly during the initial stages of the course.
Practical skills are highly sought after by future employers so there is a focus on developing practical skills as an essential part of the BSc course and students have access to the unparalleled facilities in the Science Centre Laboratory. Practical classes are designed to reinforce the knowledge from the lectures and tutorials. Practical skills exercises at each level are used to monitor proficiency at experimental work.
This four-year course includes a Foundation Year (level three) which introduces students to the fundamentals of science to enable them to study Biochemistry at level four. It makes no assumptions about prior scientific study. Students will gain a solid grounding in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and mathematics relevant to these subject areas. Practical sessions in the Science Centre help students gain proficiency at experimental work, and are delivered within PR3001 (Scientific Studies).
Assessment of Data handling skills are embedded in practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations and seminar presentations. The level Six Independent Research Project provides the ultimate measure of scientific skills. The excellent science centre also provides an unrivalled facility in which to carry out the practical skills. BSc project assessment will culminate in the case-studies and a dissertation designed to allow the student to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.

Course aims

The course aims to promote a good knowledge-skills balance enhancing the professional practice of the students and enable students to feel a sense of belonging at London Met and to encourage student engagement with learning and the opportunities offered by the University. It will also give students opportunities to share experiences, encourages reflection on individual values and understand their response to the World.
The BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree has been designed to produce graduates with extensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease together with skills and competence in the associated technical and transferable skills with the capacity for independent, evidence-based critical thinking. Graduates will be equipped for employment in the medical and allied research institutes, health agency laboratories*, in bioanalytical medical genetics and forensic units, in the pharmaceutical industry, and in information services, health and safety and science education. The analytical, numerical and communication skills developed by Biological Science graduates are also in demand in non-science-based careers such as those in the financial services sector, marketing and company administration.
The aims of the single honours Biological Science course are designed to consider the broad scope of Biological Science, its facts, theories, technologies and applications. We will provide students with the requisite subject knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies fit for pursuit of a medical bioscience career at the molecular level through to the higher levels of organisation and integration in health and disease. The course will develop understanding of the research interface, its impact and potential. We will enhance employability awareness, professional performance and transferable evaluative skills, problem-solving skills and communication skills.

Course learning outcomes

The course aims to promote a good knowledge-skills balance enhancing the professional practice of the students. These aims are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for Biosciences (2019).

By the end of the course the student is expected to:

  1. appreciate/understand all the fundamental concepts and principles of Biological Science
  2. understanding the range and complexity of living systems with an emphasis on systems with a role in human health and disease
  3. practice skills of self-evaluation and reflection, and an awareness of the ethical dimension within which contemporary biological issues are explored
  4. critically evaluate and integrate information and develop ideas on issues, methodologies and processes within the context of Biological Science
  5. devise working hypotheses and test these within specified constraints
  6. undertake self-reflection and demonstrate the skills of self-management, self-presentation and decision making
  7. communicate concepts, principles and information effectively by oral and written means with clarity and confidence
  8. recognise personal responsibility, whether working individually or as a member of a team and respect the ethical standards and professional codes of conduct established within the scientific community
  9. identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development, and implement strategies for updating, maintaining and enhancing knowledge and skills
  10. appreciate/gain the skills necessary to secure and retain employment, including communication, consideration for others, creativity, dedication and self-discipline
  11. Demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible professionals in their discipline
  12. An appreciation of fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, numeracy, and laboratory skills

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Biosciences 2019

Assessment strategy

Assessment and feedback are key means through which to engage students in processes that support their development, success and employability, while connecting with their own identities, experiences and cultural capital. The assessment strategy is aligned with that of the School and the ESJF and is cognisant of the student voice and reflective of different student learning styles.
Students are assessed through a variety of methods including problem-solving exercises, in-class test, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, oral presentations, extended essays, examinations, research project interim report, oral examination and dissertation. The choice of assessment instrument chosen to test the specified learning outcomes and is reflective of students’ different learning styles and experiences. Assessment is part of the learning process and confirms the outcomes of the learning process. It also provides formative feedback on curriculum design and delivery and, via the on-going iterative process of module monitoring, makes a significant contribution to the continued development and improvement of the courses that links in with the School learning and teaching strategy. In light of this a variety of assessment methods will be used (see syllabi) including seen and unseen written examinations, individual and group assignments.
Practical skills are summatively assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the project module. Data-handling skills are summatively assessed by practical reports, problem-solving exercises, oral presentations and examinations.
Formative assessments include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests and project workshops. Laboratory and computer-based investigations, poster and oral presentations and a level 6 project giving students the opportunity to show the knowledge understanding and skills they have developed

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The course includes the option to take a 15 credit Work Placement module at level 5 or 6

Course specific regulations

Part Time Structure

For level 3
September entry (all core):
Year 1: PR3002, PR3003
Year 2: PR3001, PR3051, PR3P51

February entry (all core):
Year 1: PR3002, PR3003
Year 2: PR3001, PR3051, PR3P51

For level 4-6
Students take 2 or 3 modules from list, BC6P01 is always taken last

Modules required for interim awards

CertHE Biosciences

Anatomy and Physiology 1
Cell Biology
General Chemistry
Professional Studies
Anatomy and Physiology 2
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
General Microbiology

DipHE Biological Science
Molecular Biology
Human Immunity
Tissue Science 1
Tissue Science 2

BSc Biological Science
Biochemical Pathology
Fundamentals of Biotechnology
Infection Control
Energy Metabolism and Endocrinology

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

During the induction phase of the programme students will be introduced to structured reflection on their development of Undergraduate Skills which constitute much as the substance of personal development planning. Students will undertake to produce their personal development plan (PDP) during their undergraduate career or in the workplace. PDP can include other activities outside of the academic aspect of university life.
By way of modules: Foundation Year Project (Biosciences), Professional Studies (Level 4); Microbiology (Level 5); and, Research Project (Level 6) students will progressively develop their PDP which will culminate in a CV and graduation statement. Students will take part in tutorials at all levels designed to facilitate discussion on what has been learnt in order that reflective learning will contribute to identifying objectives, success criteria, and action plans that can be included in PDPs.
PDP is designed to allow students to articulate the skills developed during their undergraduate career and encourages them to critically reflect on their learning experience, to set new personal and academic goals and evaluate progress made in achieving those goals.
For part-time students in appropriate employment they can complete the module over an extended period during their degree rather than take a year out. Progress with Undergraduate Skills will be articulated to students as the programme progresses through feedback from tutors and peers enabling them to reflect on their progress based on the evidence available. This process assists students in developing as independent learners, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. This will be of benefit throughout their future career.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

On graduation you'll be eligible to apply for Graduate or Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology, depending on your degree classification.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

In line with the University Careers Education Framework (CEF), Careers, employability and enterprise information and guidance is given to students in a timely manner, to facilitate students taking maximum advantage of extra-curricular opportunities and help to develop, student self-awareness, self-belief and confidence to achieve realistic career goals.
Model CVs, covering letters, graduation statements, job adverts, job descriptions and person specifications for use by Academic Tutors and students are provided within course and module VLE pages. A number of employer and alumni-led career events will be organised by the School and each Subject Group. Also process of personal development planning takes place throughout the course to help students to crystallise their aims, reflect on their progress and plan ahead in the context of employability and career goals. In addition there are formal arrangements for Practitioners and the Careers Service to contribute to the embedded Employability skills throughout the degree programme. Further careers input will also be provided for those electing for the Work Placement module.

Career opportunities

Completion of this degree opens up a wide range of career options, as well as a route into further specialist training or postgraduate study.

Our graduates are working as medical researchers, biotechnologists, and in many other roles in different industries around the world.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2). If you meet the UCAS points criteria but have obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE you may be offered a University test in these areas.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 17 Jul 2019 Last validation date 17 Jul 2019  
JACS codes
Route code BIOSFY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
PR3001 Scientific Studies Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
PR3002 Biology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
PR3003 Chemistry Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
PR3051 Biochemistry Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
PR3P51 Foundation Year Project (Biosciences) Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM

Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
PR3001 Scientific Studies Core 30        
PR3002 Biology Core 30        
PR3003 Chemistry Core 30        
PR3051 Biochemistry Core 15        
PR3P51 Foundation Year Project (Biosciences) Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM

Stage 2 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC4052 Biochemistry Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
BC4053 Cell Biology Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
BC4055 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology Core 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
BC4056 Professional Studies Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
BC4057 General Microbiology Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
BC4058 Anatomy & Physiology 1 Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
BC4059 Anatomy & Physiology 2 Core 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
CY4051 General Chemistry Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM

Stage 3 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC5052 Parasitology Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
BC5063 Tissue Science 1 Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
BC5064 Tissue Science 2 Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
BE5058 Metabolism Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
BE5059 Microbiology Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
BE5060 Molecular Biology Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
BE5061 Human Immunity Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
BC5K55 Ethics for Science Option 15        
NU5057 Micronutrients for Health Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM

Stage 4 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC6060 Infection Control Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
BC6P01 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
BE6057 Toxicology Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
BE6058 Biochemical Pathology Core 15        
BE6061 Fundamentals of Biotechnology Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
BE6063 Energy Metabolism & Endocrinology Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
BC6051 Systems Pathology Option 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
BE6056 Bioinformatics & Molecular Modelling Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
BE6W67 Work Placement (for Life Sciences) Option 15