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Description

Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

Cert HE International Year One in Biosciences

1. Programme Details

Programme nameCert HE International Year One in Biosciences Programme codeLDC1INTINT16
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award4 (Certificate)

2. Description of the Programme

This is a full-time learner-centred academic programme that offers you the opportunity to increase your knowledge of academic theory and practice to enable entry to year two of an undergraduate degree programme in Biosciences. You will be helped to develop the necessary research and study skills and to improve your language skills in preparation for second year and third year undergraduate study. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of key concepts in biosciences.

You will experience a favourable learning environment designed to meet your specific needs, both from the point of view of English language and study skills development and the delivery of academic subject teaching, which is appropriately paced and supported, with a generous allocation of teaching time (on average 22 hours each week). You will attend lectures alongside first year undergraduate students, receiving additional academic input to support your transition to undergraduate study in the UK. 

From the International Year One (IYO) Biosciences, students can progress to one of six different undergraduate programmes. Each student would study 90 credits of relevant bioscience academic modules and 30 credits of academic English. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme runs in parallel with the first-year undergraduate programme at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and aims to help students progress seamlessly into their second and third years of undergraduate study by focusing both on academic content and English/Study Skills. A broad range of learning & teaching methods is used, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and online support. Students are treated as partners in the learning process and should expect to be active contributors in seminars, tutorials and virtual learning environments. The learning environment is modern, purpose-built and provided with up-to-date virtual learning facilities to support the student. INTO University of Exeter provides a complete student experience with substantial one-on-one support, small class sizes and tailored learning.

4. Programme Structure

The International Year One in Biosciences is a one year programme of study at Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) level 4 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme has one stage, which is equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. There are 90 credits of Bioscience modules and 30 credits of Academic English. The Bioscience modules are studied alongside first year undergraduate students in CLES, with additional academic support from INTO. The Academic English module is delivered by INTO Exeter.

The programme leads to the award of a Certificate of Higher Education and students who meet the progression requirements set down by the University may progress to year 2 of the specific pathway undergraduate degree in CLES.

 

Interim Awards

There are no interim awards.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College website:

http://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/current/modules/

Stage 1


For students progressing to BSc Biological Sciences, the UG year 1 modules BIO1331 Animals (Term 1) and BIO1336 Ecology (Term 2) will be trailed to Year 2.

For students progressing to BSc Biochemistry, the UG year 1 module BIO1340 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry will be trailed to Year 2.    

Optional modules will be selected on the basis of progression degree. These will be as follows:

BSc Biological Sciences

BIO1332 Biochemistry; BIO1339 Cells; BIO1338 Plants

BSc Biochemistry

BIO1332 Biochemistry; BIO1339 Cells; BIO1345 Structure & Reactivity of Organic Compounds I

BSc Zoology

BIO1338 Plants; BIO1331 Animals; BIO1336 Ecology

BSc Conservation Biology & Ecology

BIO1338 Plants; BIO1331 Animals; BIO1336 Ecology

BSc Animal Behaviour

BIO1338 Plants; BIO1331 Animals; BIO1336 Ecology

BSc Evolutionary Biology

BIO1338 Plants; BIO1331 Animals; BIO1336 Ecology

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0201 Academic English for Biosciences 30Yes
BIO1333 Fundamental Principles for Bioscientists 15No
BIO1334 Genetics 15No
BIO1337 Microbiology 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO1332 Biochemistry 15No
BIO1339 Cells 15No
BIO1338 Plants 15No
BIO1345 Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds I 15No
BIO1331 Animals 15No
BIO1336 Ecology 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Explain broadly different levels of biological organisation (molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological)
2. Apply skills of academic writing appropriate for the particular science specialisation, develop and justify structured and coherent arguments, evidence the ability to evaluate and interpret different assumptions and perspectives
3. Describe aspects of current research in the biosciences with reference to reviews and research articles

This programme is at RQF Level 4 and whilst, after progressing, students will move towards more independent learning, there will be a greater emphasis on study methods that embed a greater degree of support with the acquisition of subject knowledge and skills.

The programme uses a range of teaching and learning methods: lectures; laboratory classes; group work; problem based learning.

As well as taking a bespoke 30 credit Academic English module in a small group, for ILOs 1 and 3 students will attend lectures and other learning activities, including laboratory practicals and workshops alongside the BSc Biological Sciences and BSc Biochemistry first year undergraduates

Typically a 15 credit module would consist of between 15 and 20 hour long lectures in which the core subject material will be provided. The lecture notes will be available via the University of Exeter Virtual Learning Environment and references to outside reading will be made available. Laboratory classes will normally run for either 3 or 5 hours. Students will normally work in groups with an expectation that the workload is divided equally.

Some laboratory classes form the basis of assessment and require the submission of a final laboratory report. This will normally require data analysis in the form of tables and graphs. There is also an expectation that the data generated will be used in some subsequent calculations. Discussion of the findings or answers to short questions will be used to provide evidence of knowledge gained.

ILO 2 will be delivered primarily through the Academic English module, which will focus on skills and approaches needed within the bioscience field. This will be taught in small groups and students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The programme uses a range of assessment methods: MCQs, practical problem sets, practical reports and essays. Some of these will involve group work. The Academic English module is assessed through written assignments, quizzes and exams, group seminars, presentations, and an interview.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Develop practical research skills
5. Demonstrate an appropriate degree of proficiency in spoken and written English in the science context

For ILO 4, students will gain hands-on experience of lab work.

ILO 5 will be supported by the Academic English classes employing a variety of activities and teaching methods. These include teacher-led group work, student presentations, seminars, set tasks and online resources. It will also be developed throughout the programme via practical classes, lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided self-study.

ILO 4 will be assessed through MCQs, practical problem sets and practical reports. ILO 5 will be assessed throughout the programme by presentations, seminars, and written assessments.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Think independently, creatively and make sound judgements
7. Select and use information drawn from books and the internet
8. Manage yourself effectively, including: independent learning; time-management; insightful reflection and evaluation, seeking and responding to feedback, taking personal responsibility for own learning
9. Interact effectively in a group

These ILOs are developed through the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see above).

ILO 9 is developed through group discussions and through working in groups in academic seminars and tutorials, including the planning and delivery of group presentations.

ILO 6 is embedded throughout the programme and ILOs 7 and 8 are embedded in the Academic English and the Fundamental Principles for Bioscientists modules. 

ILOs 6-8 are assessed through written assignments, seminars and presentations. ILO 9 is assessed through the presentations, seminars and group practicals. 

7. Programme Regulations

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook.

Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

 

Credit

Undergraduate (UG) Programmes: The programme consists of 120 credits with all credits taken in one stage. Normally not more than 75 credits would be allowed in any one term. In total, participants normally take no more than 120 credits at NQF level 4. The pass mark for award of credit in UG modules (NQF level 4-6) is 40%.

 

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt.

Undergraduate (UG) Programmes: Up to 30 credits of failure can be condoned in a stage on the following conditions:

a)    You must have registered for and participated in modules amounting to at least 120 credits in the stage

b)    You must pass the modules marked with a ‘Yes’ in the ‘non-condonable’ column in the tables above

c)     You must achieve an average mark of at least 40% across the full 120 credits of assessment in the stage, including and failed and condoned modules

Assessment and Awards:

The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following marks:

Distinction: 69.5% overall in academic content + 69.5% in Academic English

Merit: 59.5% overall in academic content + 59.5% in Academic English

Pass: 40 – 59%

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students will have a Personal Tutor who will provide one to one guidance on academic matters. INTO Exeter also has a Welfare and Disability Officer to provide support to students on a range of non-academic matters. In addition, the centre has an Additional Needs Tutor, who can support students with an ILP.

The Centre has a small library with a range of textbooks. There are also PCs and printing facilities. All programmes and modules have ELE pages with a variety of resources available to students.

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students’ learning.

Learning Resources The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

  • University Wellbeing Service - available free of charge, to provide confidential help and support.
  • Student Health Centre - We are a Primary Health Care Centre, primarily funded by the National Health Service, providing care for all acute and long-term health problems for students on the Streatham Campus.
  • Student Services Centre - in the Forum is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of 12 student services from Accommodation to Finance, Wellbeing to International Student Support, IT to AccessAbility. You can access the SID team 12 hours per day during term time between 8am – 8pm plus 10am – 3pm on Saturdays. Out of term time we are open 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday.
  • The Student Engagement and Skills - team offer support for all students who wish to improve their personal, professional and academic skills, through lectures, workshops, individual appointments and peer support programmes in colleges and interactive online resources on Exeter’s Learning Environment (ELE).
  • Family Centre (Streatham campus)provides high quality care and education for early-years children of students and staff. 
  • Student Advice Centre - : (the Forum) is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues: housing, finance, and academic matters.
  • TheStudents’ Guild is the students’ union of the University of Exeter providing representation, advice, activities, social events, dining outlets and more. 
  • Student complaints procedure.
  • Chaplaincy offers confidential support, advice and pastoral listening for all students.
  • The International Student Support Office supports non UK students across all University of Exeter campuses.   
  • INTO University of Exeter partnership provides English Language and other preparatory courses for international students.
  • AccessAbility offers advice and support to students with specific learning disabilities (eg. dyslexia) and physical disabilities/health conditions. Support includes helping students access learning and teaching opportunities and make the most of university life.
  • Employability and Graduate Developmentthe Career Zone has over 40 staff working to help you improve your chances of getting a great job after you graduate. They provide expert advice to enable you to plan your future through: guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

Cert HE International Year One in Biosciences

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

4 (Certificate)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

03/02/2020

Date of last revision

13/08/2021