Foundation Year in Biology

Top Course Studies in Biology


A foundation year is an extra year of higher educational instruction designed to close the gaps in a student’s academic credentials. For example, if a student wants to enter into a computer science program but didn’t take the appropriate math courses, he or she can complete these prerequisites during a foundation year. 

What is a foundation year in biology? A foundation year in biology is a specialized program where scholars gain the basic knowledge needed to succeed in the associated degree program. Students will take courses in scientific writing, cell biology, genetics, reproduction, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics and scientific software. Additionally, a biology foundation year typically includes a range of math courses in advanced algebra, trigonometry and even calculus.

A foundation year inspires a student to feel confident in his or her professional and academic capabilities. They get the opportunity to begin specializing their education and focus on the basic skills needed to succeed in their intended degree program.

The total cost of a foundation year in biology depends on the educational institution, type of instruction and length of the program. Scholars often cut costs with online-based courses and opting for two-term instead of three-term programs.

After completing a foundation year in biology, students will generally move on to a bachelor’s degree program in biology or a biology-based focus. Following completion of a degree, students can choose to enter the work force or pursue a master’s or doctorate degree. Many graduates find work with pharmaceutical companies or in research-based capacities. The exact career trajectory of a scholar depends on his or her specializations. For instance, marine biologists will likely work at a research institution or in a field capacity with direct marine life contact.

If you are interested in a biology foundation year, there are many online options available. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.


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Medicine and Life Sciences - Foundation Year

Oxford Royale Academy
Campus Full time 6 - 9 months January 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Medicine and Life Sciences university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Medicine, Genetics, Biomedical Science, and Life Sciences. [+]

Best Course Studies in Biology 2017. The Medicine and Life Sciences university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Medicine, Genetics, Biomedical Science, and Life Sciences. Why take the Medicine and Life Sciences foundation year? Our Medicine and Life Sciences course allows students to develop a strong grounding in medical sciences, including opportunities to develop their practical and technical skills. The course offers the opportunity to study Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology and Pharmacology as well as options to explore Neuro-anatomy and the relationship between brain and behaviour. Taking a foundation year is one of the best ways to gain the knowledge and skills that will help you stand out from the crowd when you go to university. Studying within ORA’s Oxbridge-style tutorials, our dedication to small class sizes means that students receive regular, personalised feedback from their expert tutors. Outcomes After successfully taking the Medicine and Life Sciences foundation year: You will be ready to start university in the UK or another English-speaking country You will have made UK university applications and received assistance in getting offers You will have improved your IELTS score ready for university entry You will have improved your study skills, including exam technique and ICT skills You will have gained an understanding of subjects allied to medicine appropriate to your choice of undergraduate degree Modules In each foundation course, students spend 25 hours of contact time per week. There is, in addition, timetabled and supervised guided study time, when students are expected to be completing coursework or revising for exams, as well as timetabled self-study time. All students study compulsory modules: Introduction to Medicine and Life Sciences EFL for Academic Purposes (introductory) * EFL for Academic Purposes (advanced) *(Students on the six-month fast-track programme do not take the introductory EFL course) Academic modules Having studied the introductory module, students then choose three more module options from the following: The Human Body Genetics Mind, Brain and Behaviour Maths Ethics Research Methods (Please note that additional modules may become available during the year, and that not all modules run every year; to check that your chosen modules will be on offer, please contact us). English Language Modules These modules cover all the core skills in the study of English as a foreign or second language. They enable students to improve their language skills rapidly, while incorporating the study of English grammar to ensure that standards of accuracy are maintained as students progress. Additionally, exam preparation classes help students achieve the highest IELTS level of which they are capable when they come to sit the exam. The ORA approach to English language teaching on the University Foundation programme is to make sure students become familiar with the requirements of an academic degree course. The modules cover not only the spoken language competencies that universities require, but also teach students the norms of essay, report, and other document writing in Anglophone universities, which may be different from those in their home countries, so that students are prepared for every aspect of the writing skills that they will need at university. Additional Support Our dedicated team advises students on the often complicated process of getting a place at a UK university, from choosing which universities to apply to, all the way up to admission. For students who are unfamiliar with the UCAS system and with UK universities generally, this advice is invaluable in simplifying and explaining the process so that students can get the offers they need and deserve. We cover the following: Choosing your university Writing a personal statement University entrance exams (e.g. BMAT, LNAT) Interview practice Academic writing skills English presentation skills Debate and discussion Academic research skills Note-taking and note-making Examination technique Start dates: January and September Entry requirement: 12 years schooling, Age 17 on entry, 4 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, at least IELTS 5.5 (IELTS 6.0 for fast-track students). [-]

Foundation in Science

Perdana University
Campus Full time 1 year May 2017 Malaysia Selangor

The Foundation in Science offered at Perdana University will prepare you for the Undergraduate Programmes. The curriculum is crafted to give you a strong foundation in the undergraduate areas of study. [+]

Foundation in Science Why Foundation in Science at Perdana University The Foundation in Science offered at Perdana University will prepare you for the Undergraduate Programmes. The curriculum is crafted to give you a strong foundation in the undergraduate areas of study. It is also designed to give you the soft skills required for your personal development. Entry Requirements SPM* / O–LEVEL OR EQUIVALENT: Minimum 5 credits including Mathematics and 2 Science subjects and a pass in Bahasa Melayu and English OR UEC: Minimum 4Bs and a pass in BM and English OR Equivalent qualifications as recognised by Perdana University *Additional Requirements in (SPM) for medicine. Min 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathtematics (or Additional Mathemathics) and another subject. Curriculum Structure [-]

Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Life Sciences

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Cambridge

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme includes four core modules, taken by all students throughout the course. These modules are: English, and [+]

Best Course Studies in Biology 2017. The Undergraduate Foundation Programme includes four core modules, taken by all students throughout the course. These modules are: English, and a choice of three academic subject modules chosen according to the progression pathway, offering at particular FoundationCampus centres, or individual student choice. FoundationCampus centres offer different subject modules according to progression agreements with their host universities, but all follow a core curriculum. Please refer to your chosen centre Coursefinder for module availability Biology Module 1: • Cell biology • DNA • Genetics • Human reproduction Module 2: • Scientific writing • Feeding and modes of nutrition • Biological molecules • Enzymes • The human digestive system • Exchange surfaces: The Ileum and the Nephron Module 3: • Breathing • Exchange surfaces: The lung • Haemoglobin & oxygen transport • The circulatory System & blood • Cellular respiration • Thermoregulation Chemistry Module 1: • Atomic structure • Formulae, equations and moles • Structure and bonding • Periodic Table • Groups 1 and 2 • Group 7 • Introduction to oxidation and reduction Modules 2 & 3: • Energetics • Kinetics • Chemical equilibria • Introductory organic chemistry • Further organic chemistry (alcohols, halogenoalkanes, aldehydes, ketones) • Industrial inorganic chemistry • Acid-base equilibria Computing Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise • Fundamentals of Problem Solving • Fundamentals of Programming • Fundamentals of Data Representation • Systems Development Life Cycle Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet • Fundamentals of ComputerSystems • Fundamental Hardware Elements of Computers • Machine Level Architecture • Hardware Devices • The Structure of the Internet • Web page design • Consequences of Uses of Computing Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking • Problem Solving • Programming Concepts • Real Numbers • Operating Systems • Databases • Communication and Networking Mathematics Module 1: • Working with numbers • Fractions, powers and reciprocals • Ratio and percentages • Algebra and algebraic equations • Graphs of straight lines • Simultaneous equations • Working with shape and space Module 2: • Working with data • Simple inequalities • Probability and its applications • Similarity and Pythagoras Theorem • Trigonometry • 2-D and 3-D objects • Quadratic equations • Functions • Advance trigonometry Module 3: • Advance algebra • Graphs • Vectors • Calculus • Direct and inverse proportion Physics Module 1: • Introduce Vectors and Scalars • Equations of Motion • Motion under gravity • Forces – Introduction • Moments, Couples and Equilibrium • Work, Energy and Power Module 2: • Current and Charge in Physics • Potential Difference, EMF, Internal Resistance • Energy and Power in DC Circuits • Resistance and Resistivity • I/V characteristics of non-ohmic Devices (E5)Analysing Series and Parallel circuits • Potential Divider Module 3: • Materials • Solid, Liquid and Gas • Temperature • Thermal properties of materials • Temperature and the behaviour of gases – Ideal Gas Equation • Simple Thermodynamics & Conservation of Energy • Thermodynamics of Heat Engines • Circular Motion • Simple Harmonic Motion • Waves Psychology Module 1: Introduction to Psychology • Themulti-storemodel ofmemory or multi-component model • The working memory model • Reconstructive memory • Memory strategies • Eyewitness testimony The formation of attachments in human babies • Types of attachment including insecure and secure attachments • Cultural variations in attachments • Disruption to attachment Modules 2 & 3: • Introduction to abnormality incorporatingDSMIV,particularlythe GAF scale • Approaches to abnormality (Biological and at least one Psychological approach) • Application of theory of abnormality to one psychological disorder, such as depression • Social influence • Conformity and minority influence • Social Influence • Obedience to authority • Research methods • Ethics • The Psychology Project • The body’s response to stress • Stress related illness and the immune system • Sources of stress • Emotion focused coping and problem focused coping [-]