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Life & Physical Sciences

Foundation Biology by Blended Learning


Course overview

If you'd like to study for a course in science and need to refresh or update your knowledge of biology then this course is a great starting point. You are taught through a mixture of lectures and practical laboratory sessions. You study cellular biology, human biology,disease, evolution and investigative biology. Delivered by blended learning, it’s ideal if you are unable to attend classes at the University on a weekly basis. You have access to detailed learning materials and solved problems to help you study the core topics. An online tutor is available if you require guidance and help with your learning.

Blended learning is ideal if you are unable to attend classes at the University on a weekly basis. You have access to detailed learning materials to help you study the core topics in a way that suits you. An online tutor is available if you require help and guidance with your learning.

Key dates
Online enrolment
: From 1 July 2019
Experimental skills day: Wednesday 17 July 2019
Examination: Wednesday 7 August 2019
*Please note that the experimental skills day and the examination are compulsory and require attendance at Teesside University's Middlesbrough campus.*

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Where you study

This course is delivered by blended learning. Resources will be made available online, but you must attend Teesside University's Middlesbrough campus for an experimental skills day on Wednesday 17 July and an examination on Wednesday 7 August.

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Course details

What you study

The biology of disease
· What causes disease?
· How do diseases spread?
· How can we effectively combat infectious disease?

Human anatomy
· Anatomy and physiology of the human body
· Basic function of organs within the body

The variety of living organisms
· Basic differences between the 5 kingdoms of life
· How are organisms suited to their environments?

Investigative biology
· Importance of hypothesis testing
· Introduction to the laboratory environment
· Introduction to basic skills within the biology laboratory

Populations and the environment
· Interactions between living things and their environments
· Basic introduction to the variability within environments
· Introduction to evolution

Cell structure and function
· Basic structure and function of human cell.
· Basic information about organelles and how they support the bodies overall function.

How you are assessed

Formative Assessment

The learning materials include a series of self-assessment questions and answers at the end of each lesson to allow for progression of learning. Formative assessment is further provided by tutor marked assessments for the student to complete and submit for marking. The formative assessments provide students with an opportunity to receive feedback and prepare for the summative assessment. Feedback in the form of email or telephone contact is available to the student.

Summative Assessment:

Written Examination (100%)

This assessment consists of an examination containing multiple choice and short answer questions on the course material including the practical sessions.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements needed



2020 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 3, Fees: £50.00
  • Enrolment date: Starts Monday 1 July 2019

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