University of Central Lancashire

Biology University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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If you are interested in a broad range of biology topics from microbes to humans, including the biology of disease, the natural world, evolution, genetics and how humans and organisms interact with their environment, this is the course for you. You will develop the breadth of understanding and hands-on practical skills that enable you to apply your expertise to the many challenges we face in the world today, such as microbial resistance, climate change, safe and sustainable food production and the conservation of endangered species. All teaching in biology at UCLan is research-informed, and underpinned by practical classes where you will develop the technical and analytical skills valued by employers in the scientific, environmental and biotechnology industries. Fieldwork features throughout your course, with topical biological case-studies and teamwork to help build key transferable skills and enhance your employability.

As a biology graduate you can follow a wide range of careers related to the biosciences such as working as a research scientist or technician in biology-related employment sectors including the health and pharmaceutical industries, or on conservation and endangered species management, as well as in science writing, education, outreach and communication. In addition, biology graduates are in demand in many other employment sectors in the UK and overseas including graduate entry level into the civil service, business, accounting, sales and marketing.

Course details


Year 1: Introduction to Cell Biology, Introduction to Environmental Biology, Introduction to Biological Research, Science and Society

Year 2: Evolutionary Genetics, Research Theory and Practice, Plus at least three from the following: Applied Molecular Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biology of Health and Disease, Applied Microbiology, Plus (if required) one from the following: Elective.

Year 3: Fieldwork, Plus either Research Project or Group Research Project, Plus at least two from the following: Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology, Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour , Plus (if required) one from the following: Applied Ecology, Forensic Genetics, Work Based Learning Module, Elective

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

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Course code CC10
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science required.

Our typical offer is 104 to122 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.
A level 104 to 112 UCAS points including Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science. Pass in Science Practical element if applicable. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Applied Science required including Distinction in;

Unit 6 Using Mathematical tools in science OR
Unit 7 Mathematical Calculations for Science OR
Unit 8 Using Stats for Science.


Distinctions in any 3 of the following modules:
Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation
Unit 13: Biochemistry and biochemical technique
Unit 15: Microbiological techniques
Unit 16: Chemistry for biology technicians
Unit 18 Genetics and genetic engineering
Unit 19: Practical chemical analysis
Unit 20: Medical physics techniques
Unit 21: Biomedical science techniques
Unit 22: Chemical laboratory techniques
Unit 43: Diseases and infections
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher 106-112 UCAS points including Chemistry or Biology
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pass IB Diploma including 104 to 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including HL Biology or Chemistry
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 104 to 112 UCAS points including Biology or Chemistry
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D*
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 to 112 UCAS points including Biology or Chemistry

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 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

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

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