Aston University, Birmingham

Biological Sciences Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences course 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’ll gain a broad understanding and awareness in biological sciences during the first two years of the programme, before you choose to undertake our optional career boosting placement year, which can be completed in a wide variety of settings from research laboratories to pharmaceutical sales, or continue onto your final year. During the final year you will be able to select from a variety of specialist modules that meet your particular study and career interests.

If you achieve a set minimum grade by the end of your second year, you will be given the opportunity to transfer onto the MBiol programme, should you wish to. The purpose of the MBiol course is to produce graduates with the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake a career in research particularly in the area of human health and disease. The highlight is a 6 month final year project in a research laboratory, where you can work alongside post-graduates and post-doctoral fellows.

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 to masters and PhD levels. .

Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, 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 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.

  • Opportunity to transfer onto the MBiol programme, should you wish to. The highlight is a 6 month final year project in a research laboratory, where you can work alongside post-graduates and post-doctoral fellows.

  • Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).

  • 93.8% of Aston Biological Sciences students were happy with the teaching on their course (NSS, 2019).

  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences,Complete University Guide, 2020).

Course details

Modules

Year 1
In your first year you will be introduced to a range of key bioscience topics that will be the fundamental building blocks for your biological sciences education. You’ll gain knowledge of the structure, function, synthesis and degradation of biomolecules, discover how genetic material is stored and inherited and learn to describe the structures and key components of cells. You will also start to undertake laboratory work, learning how to work safely and complete reports.

Year 2
During the second year you will build on and learn to integrate the knowledge gained in your first year, as well as discovering exciting new topics. You will develop the skills to apply fundamental biological concepts to experimental and real world problems and learn to select appropriate experimental approaches and test hypotheses.

Placement year (optional)
Gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospital, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally.

Final year
The final year of your studies will provide you with the skills required to complete a substantial original research project. You’ll learn how to critically review scientific literature, create and test hypotheses using appropriate methodologies and how to critically reflect on their own research. You will also have the opportunity to apply your previously acquired knowledge to a range of advanced topics, selecting those that most suit your future career aspirations.

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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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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 BBB BBB in three A level subjects including Biology.

BBC in three A level subjects including Biology and B in either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

BCC in three A level subjects including Biology for our contextual offer scheme (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer/index).

Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in A-Level Biology.

Contextual offer students must also achieve grade C in A-Level Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 0 credits
Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.
Scottish Higher BBBBB Must include Biology at higher level.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points 31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include Biology. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in A-Level Biology.

Contextual offer students must also achieve grade C in A-Level Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must be Biology.

Contextual offer students must also achieve grade BC in two A levels of which one must be Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must be Biology.

Contextual offer students must also achieve grade BC in two A levels of which one must be Biology (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Admissions Review Process
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Find out more about our admissions policy.

Applicant Visit Days
Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,900 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. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity ** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET


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