Biological Sciences (with a Foundation Year) leading to BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information


  • Course length: 4 Years (1 + 3)
  • UCAS code: C108
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • This programme does not accept applications from international students.
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Intended for adult learners or undergraduates who wish to take up Biology but do not have the appropriate subject background, Biological Sciences offers a foundation year at nearby Carmel College.

This is not a programme in itself but acts as a springboard onto other Life Science degrees. This deferred choice programme means that you have the flexibility and freedom to switch to your chosen degree after completing the foundation year (Year Zero).

The aim of this programme is to make you an expert in one particular field with the ability to cross discipline boundaries, a highly attractive prospect to employers.

Programme in detail

Year Zero comprises introductory modules taught at Carmel College. Years One, Two and Three will continue at Liverpool following the chosen area of interest through to BSc (Hons) or MBiolSci (Hons) completion.

Programme options are:

  • Human Physiology (B120) 
  • Pharmacology (B210)
  • Biological Sciences (deferred choice) (C100)
  • Tropical Disease Biology (C111)
  • Biological and Medical Sciences (C130)
  • Marine Biology (C160)
  • Marine Biology with Oceanography (C1F7)
  • Zoology (C300) 
  • Genetics (C400)
  • Microbiology (C500)
  • Biochemistry (C700)
  • Bioveterinary Science (D900) 

Further information about progression subjects can be found at www.carmel.ac.uk/courses/44/Biological-Sciences

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

412 Year One undergraduates in 2017

UK league tables

95% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2015/16)

National Student Survey

• 100% satisfaction for Genetics and Anatomy and Human Biology (National Student Survey 2017)
• 91% satisfaction for Microbiology (National Student Survey 2017)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You’ll study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences. You’ll also enjoy links to our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Enjoy excellent career prospects

You’ll benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic and pharmaceutical industries. 

Strengthen your employability through overseas study

Boost your future prospects by choosing to study or take part in field courses abroad. Our networks stretch as far afield as Uganda, Thailand and China.

Work in leading-edge facilities

Over £30 million has recently been invested in our facilities, such as our Biology Teaching Centre, the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This ensures your studies are fully supported by the very best in teaching and research equipment.