BSc Hons Biology with Teaching (International)

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Key facts

  • Open to eligible International Study Centre students only

  • Ranked 4th in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2021) & top 10 in the UK for Biological Sciences (The Complete University Guide 2021)

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  • combine biology with the teaching methods and practice to prepare you to be a biology teacher in secondary schools
  • curriculum specifically designed for international students
  • learn with Scotland’s largest provider of Initial Teacher Education

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Why this course?

A biomedical scientist is a scientist trained in biology, particularly in the context of medicine. These scientists work to gain knowledge on the fundamental principles of the biology of organisms and how the human body works. 

You'll understand the causes and treatment of disease and infection. In addition to your biology studies, you will also study pedagogy and aspects of education, and the combination of both will prepare and equip you to become a biology teacher in secondary schools.

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What you'll study

In Year 1, you'll study classes in cells and their molecules, organisms and diseases and Bio-organic chemistry. These are all underpinned by the "Being a Biomolecular Scientist" class which begins with basic laboratory skills, statistical and data analysis and presentation, report writing, health and safety and ethics.

In Year 2 to will gain an introduction to each of the four main biomedical science disciplines - biochemistry, immunology, microbiology and pharmacology again supported by the "Being a Biomolecular Scientist” class which develops various skills gained in Year 1.

In Year 3, you’ll take specialist classes in the four biomedical sciences disciplines including Biomedical Immunology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Haematology and Immunodiagnostics and Cell and Molecular Pathology. You'll also learn about laboratory methods and ethics, data collection and presentation.

In Year 4, you will take classes that develop the pedagogy of teaching in the School of Education.

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Course content

Being a Biomolecular Scientist 1

This class aims to give students:

  • the foundation practical skills required for a biological biochemistry
  • the foundation practical skills based around 'health and the body'
  • foundation presentation skills
Cells & their molecules

The aims of this class are to:

  • provide Foundation level knowledge relating to basic functions of cells
  • set out principles of biological action and function that will be encountered through all four years
  • expose students to the basic suite of teaching, learning and assessment paradigms used throughout their degree with particular focus on oral communication and presentation
Bio-Organic Chemistry

The aims of this class are to:

  • understand nucleotide/nucleic acid molecular structure, stereochemistry and conformation as the foundation of nucleic acid chemical and biological potential
  • understand amino acid/protein molecular structure, stereochemistry and conformation as the foundation of protein chemical and biological potential
  • understand monosaccharide/polysaccharide molecular structure, stereochemistry and conformation as the foundation of carbohydrate chemical and biological potential
  • understand the chemistry, stereochemistry and biological roles of polyketide/polyisoprene natural products and their biosynthetic origins
Organisms & Disease

From this class, students will gain:

  • foundation level knowledge relating to basic evolution, species diversity, development, homeostasis, and infectious disease
  • principles of biological action and function that will be encountered through all four years
  • learn about methods of teaching, learning and assessment used throughout the degree, with particular focus on finding, citing and using information, and teamwork
Being a Biomolecular Scientist 2

The aims of this class are to:

  • give students the fundamental practical skills required for a biochemist
  • give students the fundamental practical skills required for an immunologist
  • give students the fundamental practical skills required for a microbiologist
  • give students the fundamental practical skills required for a pharmacologist
  • give students fundamental skills in presentation and teamwork
Introduction to Immunology

By studying this class, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of how immune cells recognise antigens
  • an understanding of key concepts in induction of acquired immunity
  • an understanding of effector mechanism of the immune system
  • an understanding of helpful immune responses
  • an understanding of harmful immune responses
Introduction to Biochemistry

The aims of this class are:

  • to understand gene structure and function and the regulation of gene expression
  • to understand how human genetic variation arises and its uses in medicine and forensics
  • to understand the basic structure and function of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates
  • to appreciate the key metabolic pathways in the absorptive and post-absorptive states
  • to understand the pathways involved in cell growth and cell death
Introduction to Pharmacology

This class aims to:

  • develop understanding of systems biology and homeostasis
  • develop understanding of the somatic, autonomic and central nervous systems
  • develop understanding of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • develop understanding of the hepatic and renal systems
  • develop understanding of the endocrine and reproductive systems
Introduction to Microbiology

The aims of this class are to help students to:

  • understand the fundamental taxonomic grouping and evolutionary relationships of microbes
  • appreciate physiological, structural and molecular differences between different microorganisms
  • understand the role and control of microorganisms in disease
  • learn how organisms adapt to hostile environments and appreciate the biotechnological exploitation of extremophiles
Being a Biomolecular Scientist 3

The aims of this class are to:

  • give students generic practical skills in biomolecular science
  • further develop students' practical skills in specific discipline (A) that align with the class choices of the degree programme
  • further develop students' practical skills in specific discipline (B) that align with the class choices of the degree programme
  • further develop students presentation skills

Elective

You'll select 80 credits from the following classes:

Biomedical Biochemistry

The aims of this class are:

  • to understand and appreciate the key features of cellular signalling and associated molecular mechanisms that regulates gene transcription
  • to understand the key features of membrane and organelle trafficking
  • to understand the basis of molecular and cellular toxicity underlying tissue/organ dysfunction and organism pathologies
  • to understand the genomic basis of eukaryotic/human disorders and disease
  • to understand and appreciate the biochemical approaches that underpin drug discovery
Biomedical Microbiology

The aims of this class are to:

  • understand the difference between taxonomic and phylogenetic classification of microorganisms
  • understand the principles that underpin bacterial, fungal and viral identification
  • understand the structure, function and growth characteristics of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Apply that knowledge to their role in disease development
  • describe the distinguishing features, pathogenic properties, epidemiology, treatment and control of medically important bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa
Fundamental Immunology

The aim of this class are:

  • to provide students with an understanding of how pathogens are recognised
  • to provide students with an understanding of how immune cells are activated
  • to provide students with an understanding of the cytotoxic mechanisms used by immune cells
  • to provide students with an understanding of how the immune system is regulated
  • to provide students with an understanding of immunological memory
Biomedical Immunology

The aims of this class are:

  • to give students an understanding of Immunodiagnostic: Principles of immunoassays: homogeneous and heterogeneous immunoassays, Examples of clinical immunoassays
  • to give students an understanding of hypersensitivity
  • to give students an understanding of Immunopathology and Immunity to infections
  • to give students an understanding of mucosal immunology
  • to give students an understanding of immunopharmacology
Fundamental Biochemistry

The aims of this class are to:

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the key features of protein structure, properties and interactions
  • know the principles underlying successful protein purification
  • demonstrate an appreciation of the key principles of enzymology
  • understand protein structure-function relationship
  • understand the properties, function and localisation of the major cellular macromolecules
Fundamental Microbiology

The aims of this class are to:

  • understand the basis of gene regulation in microorganisms and how this influence bacterial physiology
  • describe the key mechanisms that drive evolution of microorganisms
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of mathematical modelling in predicting microbial growth and death
  • describe the basis of microbial form and function and how bioinformatics are fundamental to microbiology
Fundamental Pharmacology

The aims of this class are:

  • to develop understanding of how drugs act at receptors and how these actions can be quantified
  • to develop understanding of the major cell signalling mechanisms in cells
  • to develop understanding of the properties and distribution of adrenoceptors and therapeutic uses of related drugs
  • to develop understanding of the properties and functions of eicosanoids and autacoids and therapeutic uses of related drugs
  • to develop understanding of the properties and distribution of GABA and glutamate receptors and therapeutic uses of related drugs
Biomedical Pharmacology

The aims of this class are:

  • to develop understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • to develop understanding of respiratory disease
  • to develop understanding of chronic inflammatory diseases
  • to develop understanding of liver and kidney dysfunction
  • to develop understanding of haematopoietic-linked diseases
Haematology, Immunohaematology, Immunodiagnostics

The aims of this class are to:

  • introduce haematology & immunohaematology
  • familiarise you with the intermediate concepts of the immune system & aspects of clinical & laboratory practice
Educational Studies; Professional Values 1

This class will explore the theoretical underpinnings of education: its nature and purpose, its ethical and political significance in terms of social justice, equality and the environment, and the expression of these ideas in policy and legislation.

Professional Learning Through Enquiry 1

Professional Learning through Enquiry aims to develop students as enquiring, self-reflective practitioners who are able to work collaboratively to develop skills, knowledge and expertise in an area of professional practice that will benefit children and young people throughout Scotland and beyond.

Professional Skills; Curriculum and Pedagogy Biology 1

The class will provide active and collaborative opportunities for students to explore how to plan discrete, integrated, and interdisciplinary curricular learning with a particular focus on the teaching of biology and general science.

Placement Learning: Community

This module aims to provide students an opportunity to engage with their peers and learners of STEM in a variety of situations on and off campus. This will give them a real life context in which they can relate their ideas learned in their mathematics curriculum and pedagogy classes.

Learning on Placement

This module aims to give students an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in STEM pedagogical methods gained on this as well as other course modules to help learners in a variety of situations and institutions.

Learning & teaching

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding through lectures, including review-type lectures, practical classes, tutorials and computer-aided learning.

Most laboratory classes, include numeracy and statistical skills. Communication skills are taught throughout the course. Information retrieval, interpretation and research skills are gained through project work which also develops team-working skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods include written examinations, essays, oral presentations, practical tests, computer-aided learning (CAL) exercises and project work.

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Entry requirements

International students

This programme is only available to international students who have undertaken the Foundation Programme for Science at the International Study Centre at the University of Strathclyde.

Additional information

Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme required is required for Year 4.

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We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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International

£20,650

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

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Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Careers

Graduates will have developed the skills required to teach biology in secondary schools.

Graduates will also have developed skills applicable to creating, setting up and demonstrating experiments commonly carried out in secondary school bioscience labs.

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Apply

This degree programme is only available to eligible students progressing from the International Study Centre.

For further information on how to apply, please contact the International Study Centre.

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Contact us

Dr Alan McCruden

Academic Selector

Telephone: 0141 548 3749

Email: sipbs-biomed@strath.ac.uk