BSc (Hons) Human Biology (Including foundation year)

Are you intrigued by the relationship between the molecular, anatomical, physiological and anthropological? This fascinating BSc (Hons) Human Biology degree incorporates a foundation year. It provides intensive, well-structured support, which enables you to develop your scientific skills and knowledge, before progressing to higher level studies.

You’ll develop your knowledge of human biology, with a focus on the medical aspects of human processes, such as how we respond to infection and the effects of drugs on the human body. This BSc (Hons) Human Biology degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol). This is the professional body for biologists, so you can rest assured that this course provides the ideal preparation for a career in the field of human biology.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
0P42 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
0P42 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Foundation Year: Human Biology Degree

  • Foundation statistics
  • Foundations of mathematics
  • Essentials of science
  • Foundation biology
  • Introduction to human anatomy and physiology
  • Foundation chemistry
  • Physical science

Year One: Human Biology Degree

The first year of this human biology degree will introduce you to genetics, microbiology, physiology, development, and biological chemistry, and will build a foundation of scientific inquiry.

  • Biomedical research skills
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Biological chemistry
  • Introduction to genetics and evolution
  • Micro-organisms and the dynamic cell
  • Human growth and development

Second year

You will develop your knowledge with more focused modules in the second year, such as medical microbiology, human form and function, applied physiology, and human molecular genetics.

  • Human form and function
  • Applied physiology
  • Metabolism and biochemistry
  • Medical microbiology
  • Human molecular genetics
  • Cellular pathology and disease processes

Year Three: Human Biology Degree

The final year is your chance to gain specialist knowledge. You will be able to choose modules that takes your education in a specialised path of biomedical or anthropological emphasis, and will complete a capstone research project in an area of your choice.

  • Human Biology research project
  • Clinical biochemistry and pharmacology
  • Clinical and molecular immunology

With biomedical option:

  • Tropical medicine
  • Epidemiology and public health

Or anthropology option:

  • Humans and other primates
  • Human variation and forensic anthropology


The Human Biology degree is delivered through lectures, tutorials and practical classes spending between 15 and 20 hours per week in classes. You will also spend the same amount of time doing background reading and working on assignments.


Assessment is through coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, oral presentations, problem solving and in-class or online tests.

All human biology students undertake an extensive project in their final year under the supervision of a member of staff. A diverse range of human biology projects is available, from the study of molecular parasitology to forensic anthropology, microbiology and ecology.

Science Education in Schools is an alternative to the final year research project and is part of the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS), which awards academic credit to students who work with teachers in local schools. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience if you want a career in teaching.

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum three GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Progression from BSc (Hons) Human Biology (Including Foundation Year) onto the BSC (Hons) Medical Sciences degree:

Applicants should note that a mark of 70% or above is required to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree.

Typical A-Level Offer

EE to include a relevant Science subject but to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass in a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level to include Science or Maths.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Maths or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Please note that students who successfuly secure a placement in industry or abroad to complete their projects would be expected to pay for their own travelling costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have also paid for accomodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement. Students are provided with reading lists but are not expected to buy any books, instead students are actively encouraged to make use of the extensive learning resources of the University. Many books are available as ebooks. The course uses the many computing facilities of the Glyntaff campus (students are not expected to buy their own computer but having a personal PC will help with their studies)

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

A Human Biology degree can lead you to great things! Recent graduates of the BSc (Hons) Human Biology course are working in pharmacology, quality assurance, or biochemistry laboratories, completing their postgraduate teacher training, or doing MSc or PhD programmes in biotechnology, anthropology, and other life sciences.

Human Biology students develop a number of transferable skills which will aid their transition to work or to post-graduate education. The course emphasises independent research, communication, group work, and presentation skills required by employers in many sectors.

USW’s Human Biology degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.