Biology University of Leeds


Biology is the study of life and living organisms. It’s a fascinating subject that answers key questions such as how life first began, and offers developments and solutions to major social and ethical challenges such as threats to human populations, conservation and habitats. This course allows you to shape your degree to suit your interests. You’ll gain a broad understanding of molecular, cellular, organismal and population biology, as well as having the chance to specialise through a wide range of optional modules.

You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of genetics, immunology, microbiology and other key disciplines, while you could also choose to explore areas such as plant growth, conservation biology, population genetics, bioinformatics and many more.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    4 years

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C100
Institution code L23
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A A A - A A B Including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE: Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Applicants with BTEC qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) are required to have A2 level Biology (Maths, Chemistry and Physics may be acceptable alternatives depending on the BTEC subject). Distinctions in the BTEC subject and an A or B grade (BTEC subject dependent) for the A-level subject are required.

Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these must be in Biology.
Access to HE Diploma Access offers: Overall pass with 60 credits and a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3. Distinctions must be achieved in at least 30 of the Level 3 credits, which must include Biology, and Maths or Chemistry units; merits must be obtained in all the remaining graded credits.

Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content):

Biochemical Sciences
Biological and Environmental Science
Biological and Health Science
Biological Sciences
Combined Sciences
Environmental Science
Life and Biological Science
Life Science
Medical and Health Science Professions
Natural Sciences
Physical & Natural Sciences
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 - D3, D3, M1 Including D3 Biology plus one other science or science-related subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 - 34 points (With 18-16 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) AAAAAB-AAAABB including an A in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
Scottish Advanced Higher A A A - A A B Advanced Higher: AAA-AAB from 3 Advanced Higher including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required.

Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics and use of Maths.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

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