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Biological Sciences

International Year One

What you will learn

This International Year One course includes modules in English language and practical biological laboratories, which are carefully tailored for your academic development and chosen area of study. These focused subjects will equip you with a broad base of knowledge in areas such as human disease genomics, genetic engineering, cell signalling and anatomy. Find what kind of work you will take part in during your Biological Sciences International Year One year here.

Why study Biological Sciences with us?

This International Year One course will prepare you to progress onto BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences or a number of other degrees at the University of Leeds, which is one of the UK’s leading universities. Find out about the benefits of studying in this engaging and explorative environment here.

The faculty of Biological Sciences

The University of Leeds is home to a world-class faculty, ranked among the top 150 best biological science departments across the globe. This includes the School of Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Molecular and Cellular Biology – all of which house dedicated teams of staff who engage students in high-quality research on global scientific issues.

Develop career prospects

Biological Sciences is a varied, interdisciplinary degree that can give you the tools that are vital to tackling global challenges. With a focus on developing both broad and specialist knowledge in the field, this pathway will provide you with skills needed to launch a successful career in the industry.

Support tailored to you

Designed for international students, this programme will enable you to achieve with the use of attentive teaching methods and full support throughout your course. Your learning will be structured in the same way as the University’s curriculum, to prepare you for the next step of your education.

Key facts

Duration: 2 semesters (one academic year)

Start dates: September or January

English language entry requirements: Academic IELTS* for UKVI 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent

Academic requirements: Good high-school graduation grades (or equivalent) plus one year of further study

Age: 18+

*Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Term dates

September 2022

Semester 1: 19/09/2022 - 16/12/2022
Semester 2: 09/01/2023 - 26/05/2023

January 2023

Semester 1: 09/01/2023 - 31/03/2023
Semester 2: 24/04/2023 - 28/07/2023

Term dates

September 2022
18/9/2022 - 15/12/2022
8/1/2023 - 25/5/2023
January 2023
8/1/2023 - 30/3/2023
23/4/2023 - 27/7/2023

Core Modules

Academic English Skills

This module provides you with thorough English language training and related academic skills which enable you to achieve your academic potential at university. During this module, you will develop skills in academic writing and reading strategies, delivering presentations, and listening to recordings of lectures.

This module will help you develop confidence to use written and spoken language in academic contexts. You will learn these skills alongside a range of subject specific modules.

Subject-Specific Modules

Cell Biology

You will gain a comprehensive understanding in the molecular basis of life from the atomic scale up to cells and tissues.


You will develop a basic knowledge of microbial life and the techniques used to study microorganisms. You will also learn about the interactions between microbes and other life forms.

Fundamentals of Genetics

You will receive an introduction to genetics with emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Introduction to Neuroscience

This module will give you an introduction to the central nervous system and the biology of the mind. You will investigate the development, evolution and structure of neurons and the process of synaptic transmission.

Fundamentals of Pharmacology

You will be introduced to the field of pharmacology including the principles of how drugs can produce both beneficial and harmful effects on the human body.

Physiology and Anatomy

You will learn about different cell types, human tissues, major organs, body systems and disease.

Labs 1 and Labs 2

Labs 1 and Labs 2 will provide you with practical laboratory sessions to deepen your understanding of your Core Modules.

Progression Degrees

You will be required to take an AES test at the end of your course, details of AES requirements below. This means that once you successfully complete the International Year One, you will be ready to start your degree at the University of Leeds.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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Students must study Advanced Biology and Advanced Chemistry

  • Human Physiology BSc (Hons)

The University of Leeds is ranked 15th in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

The University of Leeds is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2022)

Research is at the heart of learning at the University of Leeds and is 13th in the UK for research (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).