Useful information

Pre-arrival guide

Find useful information about preparing to come to Manchester for your biosciences degree in the School of Biological Sciences pre-arrival guide (PDF).

Tutorial plenary sessions

Plenary sessions are a key part of the first-year tutorial programme in SBS. They focus on core skills for biological scientists and are delivered by specialists to ensure that all students are given the same important information.

Attendance at plenary sessions is compulsory. Check your email during Welcome Week for further information about plenary sessions and when you should attend.

Below is some information about the compulsory first plenary session and work that you should complete in advance before 27 September.

Understanding University Assessments pre-session work

There will be a compulsory tutorial plenary entitled Understanding University Assessments to attend during the week beginning Monday 27 September (Teaching Week 1).

Further information about when to attend will be emailed to all Year 1 students during Welcome Week.

The first plenary is designed to kick-start your time at university by helping you to understand university assessments: how to follow assignment briefs and how your work will be marked.

To get the most from this plenary, you should complete the pre-session work before Monday 27 September.

If you are asked for a code to access the Nearpod presentation, then please use 2W8YZ.

Chemistry revision resource

This chemistry revision resource will help any student who has not recently studied chemistry, or any students who wish to 'brush up' on their chemistry knowledge.

As a biological scientist you will need to understand many concepts of chemistry and chemical reactions - all metabolic reactions, for example, are based on chemical reactions.

Maths self-help activity

As a biological scientist you will need to be able to collect, measure, analyse, interpret and evaluate data using basic mathematics. You can access a maths self-help resource where you can practice and test your basic mathematical skills.

All students should complete this online resource.