Our excellent reputation for research and teaching is recognised throughout all schools. You will have access to purpose-built facilities specifically equipped for work within your chosen field.
Advances in the Life Sciences are having a profound impact on our daily lives across the globe, in areas such as conservation, food security, medicine, exercise and sport.
You may want to take a degree in Biology, the study of life, or Human Biology, where you will focus on the biology of our own species. Both of these degrees cover genetics, physiology, cell biology, evolution and development, and Biology additionally covers ecology and plant biology. In contrast, Biochemistry deals with the whole range of living organisms and diseases, and explores how they work at the molecular level.
Alternatively, you may be interested in Sport and Exercise Sciences, which looks at how the human body works, and how sport and physical activity can help people to be healthy. Keeping people healthy and returning them to their full potential following injury or disease is the focus of the Physiotherapy programme. Sport, Physical Activity and Coaching Science is for those who are interested in pursuing a vocational career in the broad field of sport, education and coaching.
If you study Psychology, you will learn about human behaviour, the brain and the mind, before specialising in an aspect of this later on in the programme.
Some of our degrees have a more clinical or medical focus. You may decide to study Medical Science, a course that ranges from molecular aspects of cells, through to tissues and organs, with a focus on the scientific basis of medicine. Pharmacy is a professionally regulated degree that links the chemical, biological, pharmaceutical and healthcare sciences to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines. Finally, a degree in Biomedical Materials Science combines aspects of biology and materials science to allow students to understand the development of the artificial materials and devices used in medical or dental practice.
Geology deals with the past, present and future of planet Earth, covering a fascinating range of different areas. These include oil and minerals, earthquake safety, the disappearance of dinosaurs, and much more. Our degree courses in Geology feature a wide range of fieldwork opportunities in the UK and abroad. We offer a broad range of Geography degree programmes, which address the key issues of both human and physical geography, including climate change, water, pollution and its effects on health, global economic problems, population pressure and a rapidly urbanising world. Environmental Science looks at the way in which the natural world works and the range of challenging environmental problems that the planet faces today, such as food security, increasing energy demands and ecological damage.
All our degree programmes provide strong academic training and enable you to develop transferable skills that will make you attractive to employers in all sectors.
The Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway leads to undergraduate degrees in all the subject areas outlined here:
Biomedical Materials Science
Sport, Exercise and Coaching Sciences
Please note: This pathway does not lead to Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), Nursing (BNurs) and Dental Surgery (BDS).
Special conditions apply to progression to Pharmacy (MPharm) and Physiotherapy. There are a number of additional entry requirement that would be assessed during your foundation year for both, including (1) a health check and vaccinations (2) evidence of work experience or insight into pharmacy and (3) Criminal Records Bureau Check or certificate of good standing.
*If you wish to progress on the our MPharm Pharmacy programme please be aware that you will be required to have studied Chemistry within your school leaving qualification or higher. Good grades will need to have been achieved and may be a condition in any offer of a place made for the Birmingham Foundation Academy programme.
**You will also be required to take an IELTS test for Physiotherapy only.
Dental Surgery (BDS) and Nursing (BNurs) is, unfortunately, not available for International students.
If you are interested in studying Medicine and Surgery, you will need to apply through direct undergraduate entry only. The University of Birmingham accepts A’Levels, International Baccalaureate or the American high school system. Please check if your qualification is accepted for direct entry to the undergraduate programmes.
Applications for direct entry to UK undergraduate programmes can be made through UCAS.
See the Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway progression table 2014 for more information about the undergraduate degrees available for a Foundation Academy student choosing this pathway and the compulsory and optional modules to undertake.