Biology and Data Science - BSc (Hons)
Combine the fascinating and complex field of Biology with the exciting discipline of Data Science to gain new insight into health and disease. From discovering statistical patterns in large datasets, to using machine learning and AI, our Biology and Data Science BSc will equip you with the knowledge, analytical, problem-solving and computational skills to advance in a variety of careers.
Why study Biology and Data Science at Keele University?
Accreditation and professional recognition
This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology if you specialise in Biology. If you specialise in Data Science there is no accreditation available.
SECTOR-LEADING IN SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION
At Keele we're leading the sector in sustainability, not just in our ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030 but also through our teaching and our ground-breaking research into climate change and renewable technologies. In 2021 we were awarded the prestigious title of Global Sustainability Institution of the Year (International Green Gown Awards).
Find out more about Keele’s commitment to sustainability.
Learn from our campus - our own 'living laboratory'
Fieldwork is embedded into core modules throughout your studies to help you acquire key skills in surveying organism distributions and the identification of specimens. Our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic experimentation environment to perform fieldwork, test new ideas and discover solutions to real-world problems. It's also a great way to foster connections with academics and peers and apply your learning to real-world situations. From our lake system, grasslands and woodlands to local zoos and nature reserves, you will have the opportunity to study in an authentic environment whilst practicing in a sustainable manner.
Central Science Laboratories
Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.
This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.
Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.
The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.
Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.
This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Biology and Data Science degree. For example, the Advancing Applied Maths and Computing - Logic, Codes and Cryptography module shows you how to apply mathematical logic and other mathematical techniques to decode manual and electronic cypher. Meanwhile, the Foundations of Life Sciences module looks at basic cell biology in terms of structure and function and goes on to examine how cells obtain their energy for example, by photosynthesis, and raw materials, for example via the nitrogen cycle. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.
Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage.
The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.
|FYO-00275||Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming||15 credits|
|FYO-00197||Foundations of Life Sciences||15 credits|
|FYO-00211||Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists||15 credits|
|FYO-00185||Practical and Academic Skills in Science||15 credits|
|FYO-00225||Advancing Programming||15 credits|
|FYO-00227||Advancing Computing: Client-Led Collaborative Design||15 credits|
|FYO-00199||Advancing Life Sciences||30 credits|
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
- Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
- Relevant work experience
- GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or
- IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)
- GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above
How to Apply
Students should apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com
Please apply for the Data Science with Foundation Year course (G422). Following the submission of your application you will be contacted by a member of our team to confirm your second subject.
Direct Entry Students
If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.
Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.
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Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.