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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Natural Sciences (Biology) (Q64-BIO)

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Course summary

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Biology) In this specialist route available in our BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Q64), you'll explore diverse aspects of biology from cells to whole organisms, with further options to study subject areas such as human biology, or to explore the role of science in society. You’ll develop analytical and scientific literacy skills carrying out practical work and a research project. Key features of the course

  • Covers a contemporary understanding of a wide range of biology subjects with study of the scientific method throughout.
  • Develops biological data handling, some statistical analysis and varied presentation skills, with report-writing and IT skills.
  • Delivers practical work through a range of home and field investigations, as well as virtual and remote experiments delivered via our award-winning OpenScience Laboratory.
  • Includes the opportunity to develop fieldwork and practical skills through optional short residential schools.
  • Awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology.


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. You’ll start Stage 1 with two 60-credit introductory science modules. At Stage 2 you’ll study two 30-credit biology modules and choose a further 60 credits from a range of science modules. At Stage 3, you’ll study a 60-credit biology module, choose a further 30-credit module and complete your degree with a 30-credit project module.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £20772 Whole course
International £20772 Whole course
England £20772 Whole course
Channel Islands £20772 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6624 Whole course
Scotland £6768 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £19944 Whole course

Additional fee information

The fee information provided is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2024. Fees normally increase annually. For further information about The Open University's fee policy, visit our website.
Natural Sciences (Biology) (Q64-BIO) at Open University - UCAS