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Biological Sciences are a wide and fascinating subject, involving the scientific study of living organisms from bacteria to the largest mammals and the environments they inhabit, and this course will help you to develop knowledge and skills to open up a range of exciting career opportunities. This course is for students who don’t yet know where their interest lies – whether in biology, zoology or marine biology. As a student on the BSc Biological Sciences degree, you will study in our new laboratories within a state-of-the-art £4.2m science lab facility. The £1.3m Visualisation Centre, which displays and manipulates multi-dimensional information from animal tag monitoring, is unique in the world; and we also have a £1.6m purpose-built 18m catamaran-class survey vessel equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment. Zoology at Swansea is ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019). We are 16th in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2018) and the subject gives you a wide range of specialist and generic skills that can lead to career opportunities around the world in fields such as medicine, veterinary science, environmental management and conservation, and teaching. You will study in a research-intensive environment - 7th in the UK for Research Excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) – and you will learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields. Our renowned team includes Professor Rory Wilson, Rolex Laureate and Chief Scientific Consultant behind National Geographic’s Great Migrations, who invented the Daily Diary tag to monitor animal movement and behaviour; and Professor Tariq Butt, who specialises in the bio-control of crops (fungi) and develops products and strategies for pest control. Our experts advised on the Blue Planet II TV series, and our staff also includes Associate Professor Carole Llewellyn, whose innovative algal research is helping provide solutions to global challenges of climate, human health, bioenergy, food security and industrial biotechnology. Teaching excels in such an environment and we are 16th in the UK for teaching quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2020). The BSc Biological Sciences course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, and covers themes including animal and marine welfare and conservation, the biological control of invertebrate pests, microbiology, and ocean and climate. Our proximity to a diverse range of contrasting environments plus our own facilities provides a wide scope for customising your learning experience. Local, residential and international field courses will allow you to work in habitats such as the spectacular marine coastal ecosystems, freshwater/wetland environments and terrestrial habitats of Gower. This degree is also offered as a four-year course, with a year abroad (C105). "I think Swansea has the friendliest bioscience department in the country - it not only has world-leading researchers teaching you about discoveries as they are making them, but it felt like everyone genuinely cared about my welfare and wanted to see me succeed. Swansea University gave me the best environment to grow into a fully-fledged scientist, but it also allowed me space to decide for myself what it was that I cared about".
- Carly Green, BSc Zoology, Propagator at National Botanic Garden of Wales
Year 1: 8 compulsory modules. Years 2 and 3: depends on which degree scheme is pursued [please see BSc Biology, BSc Marine Biology or BSc Zoology]. A total of 120 credits must be pursued in each year
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups supported by practical classes and field courses. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.
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|Campus name||Singleton Park Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||BBB - ABB||To include Biology or Human Biology|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD||From Science based BTEC Extended Diploma (excluding Animal Management and Health Science) plus at least one grade B in GCSE Science|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with Distinction overall to include 24 distinctions (3 in Biology), plus 15 Merits. Only Science based Access course considered (excluding Health Sciences)|
|Scottish Higher||ABBCC to include Biology Grade B|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||33 - 32 points||To include 5 in Higher Level Biology or Human Biology|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade|
|Extended Project||We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.|
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