University of Leicester

Biological Sciences University of Leicester Degree level: Undergraduate

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TEF Silver

University of Leicester has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This is for you if.... you want a flexible programme that gives you the opportunity to study across the breadth of biological sciences but also to take your learning to the forefront of current research.

Course details

Modules

All of our Biological Sciences students follow a common Year 1 with modules that cover biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology, genetics, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, in addition to a dedicated medical bioscience module. Throughout the year, you will gain practical experience in the laboratory classes associated with each module and have the opportunity to discuss topics in the tutorials that form an integral part of the learning process. In Year 2 a combination of core and optional modules will allow you to develop your interests in specific areas of the science. You will also undertake a core module aimed at developing your research skills. In the final year, you will continue the process of developing your interests through the selection of core and optional modules. You will also undertake a laboratory- or a library-based research project on a topic that particularly interests you.

Assessment method

Most of your teaching will be delivered through lectures, which may include practical demonstrations. Individual lecture styles vary considerably, depending on the topic – and the lecturer! In tutorials, a small group of students meets with a member of staff for an hour to discuss and explore topics, or solve problems as a group. Some tutorials will require you to research a particular topic beforehand.
All of our Biological Sciences courses are practical degrees with strong emphasis on lab work and fieldwork.
A significant part of your final year will be spent on an individual research study which will form the basis of your dissertation.


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 C100
Institution code L34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAB - ABB including at least two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
General Studies is not accepted.

If you have only one science A-level, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Applied Science. Applied Science (Medical Science), Applied Science (Forensic Science) diploma content required, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics..
Please contact Admissions Office before applying.

Other subjects may be considered if supplemented by an additional A-level science grade B or above. This is reviewed on a case-by-case subject to review of your overall academic portfolio and application.
Access to HE Diploma Pass relevant science diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including 30 at distinction.

A strong science Access course preferred.

Please contact Admissions Office before applying to check acceptability for Access module content and your overall academic profile.
Scottish Higher AABBB including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.
AS Two AS subjects may be considered in place of one A-level. Must be taken alongside two full A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M2, M2 including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.
Extended Project Considered with three A-levels. Typical offer BBB + EPQ at grade B.
A- level subjects to include at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths.
General Studies not accepted.

If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics if not held at A/AS level
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 - 30 points with a minimum of 17/16 points at HL, to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two Higher Level science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Mathematics, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
Minimum of 4 in English Language required if IELTS 6.5 or equivalent not held.

If you hold a one science HL profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Applied Science Diploma considered with an A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, plus standard GCSE requirements.

Applied Science Diploma considered with an non-science A-level, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted in place of a third A-level at grade B or above, provided at least two relevant science A-level subjects are taken from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.


English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

For further details of our English Language requirements please see our website

https://le.ac.uk/study/international-students/english-language-requirements


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

The tuition fee for home and EU students is reviewed annually and for the academic year 2019/20 it is £9,250. The fees for following years have not yet been decided but are likely to increase each year in line with inflation, subject to government regulations. The inflation rate used will be RPIX, which includes all the items in the Retail Price Index, excluding mortgage payments. For your information, the inflation rate used by the Government when increasing the tuition fee from £9,000 to £9,250 was 2.8%. For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website: https://le.ac.uk/student-life/undergraduates/fees-funding

Provider information

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Clearing contact details

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Admissions Office (UG Med, Bio, Psych, ODP)

+44 (0) 116 252 5281