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Biology Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Biology and Zoology

UCAS Code: C104

Start Dates(s): September


One year full-time


UK - £6000

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • An excellent route into science for those from a non-scientific background
  • Ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
  • Choice of optional modules
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course will provide you with a strong foundation in biology, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) degree course in a cognate discipline, within the School of Environment & Life Sciences.

It is ideal if you want to develop your career along a biological pathway but have a non-scientific background, or you don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree.

This course is also attractive if you are returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.

Course Details

During the Biology Foundation Year you will study modules which will help you to increase your knowledge and understanding of basic biology and other aspects of science. Other modules will help to develop your study skills such as note taking and structuring essays and reports. In the second semester, you will develop your IT and computer skills and enhance your presentation skills.

Year 1

Core modules may include:

  • Data Handling
  • Professional Communications
  • Biological Principles
  • Scientific Methods

Optional modules may include:

  • Chemical Principles
  • Science for Health
  • Earth Processes
  • Environmental Conservation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 72 points
GCE A level 72 points
BTEC National Diploma MMP
Scottish Highers 72 points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate 72 points from Higher Level
International Baccalaureate 24

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

This course is ideal if you want to change to a biological, biomedical or pharmaceutical area but have a non-scientific background, or if you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree. The course is also attractive if you are a mature person returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6000
Full-time International £14,400

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses 
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


  • Lectures will offer information and illustrative application; and present and explore core ideas
  • Tutorials will be problem-based sessions
  • Practical classes will provide demonstrations of techniques and methods used in Biology and provide you with a structured opportunity to acquire such techniques/methods and the chance to develop both individual and group-working skills.

A research project will allow students to practise the application of appropriate, selected techniques and methods used in biology in an academic context; demonstrate research methodologies and acquire skills in the biological field. It will also further provide the opportunity for independent working


You will be assessed during the Foundation Year through a combination of exams and coursework.


Career Prospects

Depending on which course you choose to take after completing the Foundation Year, you could end up working in research laboratories, chemical companies, hospitals, Local Authorities or zoos.

Alumni Profile

Rebecca Scholes foundation year, 2006

Deciding on which University was not so easy - I had interviews and offers, but my decision was made after speaking to friends who had, or were currently studying at the University of Salford. This inside access meant that I had spent time at the lively campus, and seen the large amount of access students have to the support and knowledge that lecturers have to offer.

I was at the University of Salford for five years in total, as I went on to do my three year degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences after completing the Foundation Year in Biology, and took a year out on placement in industry as well. Within a month of graduating I had used the scientific knowledge and professional experience I gained at the University of Salford to get a permanent position in an international molecular diagnostics company – my dream job!

Further Study

This course will provide you with a strong foundation in biology and chemistry, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) degree course within the School of Environment and Life Sciences. Please note that an overall average mark of 60% is required to transfer onto BSc Biomedical Science.

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