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University of Plymouth International College

Foundation in Biological & Biomedical Sciences

The University of Plymouth champions experiential learning in the laboratory and in the field. Our Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences will prepare you for a wide range of specialisms – from animal behaviour and human biosciences to psychology.

Special features

  • Optional placement year

Note that students from the European Union will be able to apply for this programme with SLC tuition fee funding to start in Jan 2021 (terms and conditions apply)!

Pathways at the University of Plymouth

High school

Stage 1

Stage 2



Your UoP degree


Fees for 2019/20

EU: £9,250

International: £12,750

Fees for 2020/21

EU: £9,250

International: £13,200


Two semesters


January and September



Foundation Syllabus

Semester 1

  • ILS1AND3 - Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

  • BUS107 - Principles of ICT

  • SCI101SC - Numerical Techniques 1

  • SCI115 - Physics

Semester 2

  • SCI102 - Numerical Techniques 2 

  • SCI130 - Research and Referencing

  • SCI120 - Biology

    You will learn about key biological theories, such as Darwin’s theory of evolution,and cover topics including genetics, DNA, the immune system and photosynthesis.
    How will I be assessed? 70% exam, 30% assessment

  • SCI125 - Chemistry

Progression rule to Stage 2

Minimum 50% pass mark in all modules with minimum 85% attendance required across all modules.

Stage 2:Degree

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