Aston University, Birmingham

Biological Sciences Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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Our BSc Biological Sciences course is offered as either a three or four year course with integrated placement year. It focuses on the study of life, from the simplest organism to the complexity of the human species.

Throughout the course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an established, yet dynamic, area. You will gain a broad understanding and awareness in biological sciences during the first two years of the programme, before choosing either to continue on the general pathway or to specialise in cell and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology or human biology. If you pick a specialism, your final degree title will reflect this.

Our graduates enter a wide range of professional careers, including research, health, welfare and the biological industries. In addition to scientific positions, some graduates enter general management and personnel work as well as product development and marketing while some continue with postgraduate study.

Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology which means that the course is certified as containing a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers

  • Our optional placement year (4 year sandwich course) offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects

  • Employed Biological Sciences Aston graduates earn £1,800 (11%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2017)

  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • 92% of Biology students at Aston were satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS, 2017).

Course details


Year 1
Study topics such as key skills, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, inheritance and population, genetics, development and human anatomy, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology.

Year 2
Learn more about microbiology, key skills and immunology, in addition to new topics including metabolism, molecular genetics, biotechnology, endocrinology, and molecular pathology.

Placement year (optional)
The optional placement year gives you valuable experience and will set your studies in the context of a working environment alongside professionals and boost your future employment prospects. Undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospital, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings.

Final year
In addition to a supervised research project and a key skills module, your remaining selection of modules depends on whether you decide to specialise or stay on the general biological sciences pathway. You will have a variety of modules available to you on topics such as cell biology, immunology, clinical microbiology, bioethics, stem cell biology and toxicology.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 C112
Institution code A80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

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 ABB - BBB To include Biology or Human Biology (including passing the practical element).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD Applied Science or Forensic Science considered alongside a Biology A-level.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 0 credits
Access to Science considered.
Scottish Higher AABBB Must include Biology at higher level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Clearing contact details

Clearing Phoneline

Course contact details

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LHS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3302