BSc (Hons) Medical Biology Foundation Year Awarded by the University of Bolton
Foundation Degree • Level 6
About the course
The BSc (Hons) Medical Biology with Foundation course gives a comprehensive understanding of human biology from a medical perspective, both in terms of the causes of disease, and the methods and technologies used to treat disease. As well as teaching the human biology aspects of medical biology, the course is also designed to demonstrate key biotechnological principles and advancements pertinent to the medical technology, biomedical technology and pharmaceutical job markets. The foundation year (Level 3) emphasises the development of the academic and study skills required for success in higher education and introduces you to the fundamentals of the science of biology. In the second year (HE4) you will learn the fundamental aspects of human biology (from the molecular to the organ level). You will also be introduced to the principles of scientific investigation. In the third (HE5) and fourth (HE6) years, you will build on these themes by looking at them from a medical perspective, both in terms of the causes of disease, and the methods and technologies used to treat disease. The use of technology in medical research will also be studied.
The course develops a solid understanding of human biology from a medical perspective, equipping them with the skills and understanding needed for a career in biomedical science, or to prepare students for further study, including graduate-level entry into Medicine or Dentistry.
48 UCAS points Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. Biology, chemistry or other relevant science-related subjects are preferred 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 or equivalent, including English, Maths and preferably Science IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band You will also be required to attend a face to face interview
Foundation Entry Modules: Principles of Biomolecular Science, Research Skills for medical Biology, Research Skills for medical Biology, Biology Form and Function: Levels of Organisation. Year 1 modules include: Investigating Science and Personal, Molecular Basis of Life, Cellular Basis of Life, Clinical Anatomy, Human Physiology , Introduction to Biochemistry. Year 2 modules include: Research Science, Technology in Advanced Musculoskeletal, Diagnosis and Treatment, Sports and Exercise Nutrition, Molecular Genetics, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology. Year 3 Modules include: Project, Placement, Cancer Biology, Neurobiology, Biological Basis of Disease and Therapeutics
Careers & Progression
Medical biologists are employed in healthcare, biotechnology, medical research and pharmaceutical fields. Working in hospital laboratories, health clinics, government agencies, charities, education, and even sales are possible options. Other potential areas of employment include medical science, epidemiology and laboratory technology. Alternatively, you may choose to use your degree as a springboard to higher-level study in medicine or postgraduate qualifications. If you’re attracted to a career in medicine, you may also be interested in becoming a physician associate (PA). Physician associates work under the direct supervision of a doctor and carry out many similar tasks, including patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. The University of Bolton’s MSc Physician Associate Studies course is open to BSc (Hons) Medical Biology graduates who achieve at least a lower second class (2.2) honours degree and takes only two years to complete.