Biological Science (with a placement year)

Staffordshire University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Our versatile Biological Science degree will help you understand and examine the living world around you. There has never been a better time to position yourself as a bioscientist by studying on our biological science degree. Recent breakthroughs have given biologists insights and tools for the investigation of pressing questions like never before. Whatever area of the biological sciences you are interested in, be it genetics and genomics, medicines development or ecological interactions and sustainability - this degree has the scope and flexibility to support your development. This degree can be completed in a number of different ways, you can either study biological science as a broad degree, or branch off into one of our specialist pathways during your degree. You will attend a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs. If you would like to study for an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters MSci course over four years. If you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available. You’ll study your first year at Stoke-on-Trent College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies. Course content You have the first year of your degree (full-time) to decide whether your interest lies in a particular field, or whether the broad knowledge of the subject will better benefit your future career. If you do have a more specialist interest, this course also has designated learning pathways in your second and third years to allow you to focus on areas including Ecology and Environmental Management, Genomics, Pharmacology, and Pre-Med. The best thing about our learning pathways is that you can wait until second year to decide if you wish to specialise. Whichever route you take through your biological science degree, upon completion, you will be ideally placed for graduate employment or postgraduate study. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biological Science (with a placement year). Should you successfully complete your study via one of the learning pathways, then we will issue one of the following awards in line with your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Genomics) (with a placement year) BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Ecology and Environmental Management) (with a placement year) BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Pre-Med) (with a placement year) BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Pharmacology) (with a placement year)

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Bioscience Concepts and Principles Structure and Function Building Blocks of Life Professional Practice for Life Sciences Biology of Disease Year 2 Applied Bioscience Practical Global Issues and Professional Development Adaptation and Survival Option Option Year 2 options: Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Compulsory module for Genomics and Pre-Med pathway) Cell Biology and Immunology (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway) Biochemistry and Physiology Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology Ecology and Environmental Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Pharmacology and Medicinal Plants (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Animal Behaviour (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Medical Sciences (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway) Research and Development for the Life Science Industry (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Year 3 Research Project Option Option Option Current Advances and Bioethics Year 3 Options: International Experience Digital Life Sciences Genomics and Bioinformatics (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway) Molecular Pharmacology (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Toxicology Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology Microbial Genomes and Pathogenesis (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway) Diagnostic Pathology Integrated Biology of Disease (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway) The Brain Managing the Natural World (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Conservation Biology and Habitat Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway) Immunology and Immunotherapy (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway) Cancer Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)


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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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Course codeC104
Institution code S72
Campus nameStaffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field. Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at [email protected] for further advise
A level BBC Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 112 points. Minimum of 2 A Levels, can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications eg. AS levels/Extended Project to achieve 112 points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points
Access to HE Diploma Access Pass Access with 15 credits at Pass Some courses require credits in specific subject areas.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required.
AS Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Made up of 6 components - usually comprising of 3 subjects at 'higher level' and 3 at 'standard' level. Opportunity to add on to points with extended essay and theory of knowledge. All the above attract UCAS points. Potential to meet the points by not passing all six component of qualification
Extended Project Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
HNC (BTEC) P May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) P May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further details of what is and is not included in your tuition fees please visit www.staffs.ac.uk/fees
Biological Science (with a placement year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS