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Foundation Biology

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 study cellular biology, human biology, disease, evolution and investigative biology.


Credits: 10, Level: 3


Course overview

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Where you study

Middlesbrough Campus


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 five kingdoms of life
· how are organisms suited to their environments?

investigative biology
· importance of hypothesis testing
· considering the laboratory environment
· introduction to basic skills within biology

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

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



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 3

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    National Horizons Centre

    The NHC is a £22m research, teaching and training facility which addresses the growth needs of the bio-based industries set to transform the UK economy, including biologics, industrial biotechnology and bio-pharmaceuticals.

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