Biological Sciences

Bournemouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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This hands-on BSc course will equip you with a wealth of biological knowledge and the practical skills to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. From genes to ecosystems, you will explore the fundamentals of life on Earth and how this knowledge can be applied to make positive changes to individuals, societies and global environments. The first year consolidates and develops your core knowledge and understanding of biological chemistry, cell biology, human physiology and evolutionary biology. In addition, you'll develop important practical laboratory and scientific skills that will form the basis of future successes in academic writing and experimental design. You'll start to define your pathway through the degree, begin to specialise as a biological scientist and identify potential placement opportunities. Year two provides opportunities to explore your chosen subjects in greater depth. With guidance from expert academics you'll start to take ownership of your knowledge by developing your own project ideas and considering potential career paths. You'll explore connections between subjects and gain an appreciation of how professional research is conducted. At this point you might also choose to undertake a 30 week placement. The final year offers further opportunities to specialise in your biological disciplines and really focuses your mind on career paths. You'll develop and complete a defining capstone dissertation project that will highlight your abilities and interests – ending the degree as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled biological scientist. Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences Department often work in partnership with staff to co-create research, collaborating with professionals and assisting with placement opportunities. You can learn more about this and the exciting opportunities available at our Co-creating Science web page. Graduates from this degree have gone on to work in industries surrounding biotechnology, forensic and biomedical research, environmental science and education to name a few.

Course details

Modules

You will study a number of units including biological research skills, cell biology, chemistry, diversity of life, human anatomy and physiology, practical skills in biology, advances skills in biological sciences, evolutionary biology, independent research project along with a number of optional units.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points 28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature, Mathematics and Science grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
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Poole
BH12 5BB


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Biological Sciences at Bournemouth University - UCAS