University of Southampton

Biology and Marine Biology University of Southampton Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our three-year Biology and Marine Biology programme combines modules from the Centre for Biological Sciences and from Ocean and Earth Science  (based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)) which will give you the opportunity to undertake a balanced programme in both subjects whilst gaining the relevant skills and knowledge for a career in Biology and Marine Biology. You will gain an education and training suitable for a wide variety of careers which will prepare you for higher degrees and careers in (marine) biological research.

You will develop your understanding of (marine) biological systems and processes in theory and practice and have the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of living organisms at several levels of biological organisation from the molecular, through cells and whole organisms, to ecosystems; and from an evolutionary perspective.

You will spend a significant amount of time on our three research vessels carrying out boat-based field work.

Course details

Modules

Patterns of Life and their Evolution; Experimental and Field Biology; Earth and Ocean System; Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science; Cell Biology; Phytoplankton and Primary Production; Bioscience Business; Sahllow Water Survey Techniques; Field Research Project

Assessment method

You will be assessed through unseen written exams, short tests, assessed coursework in the form of laboratory log books and reports, problems and other set assignments.


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 7N15
Institution code S27
Campus name Main Site - Highfield Campus
Campus code -

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB ABB to include Biology and one further science subject from Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Studies, Physics, Geology or Geography. Pass in the science practical component.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD DDD + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 45 credits must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied.
Scottish Higher ABBBB We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 - S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject)
Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information.
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Not accepted
AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh) Not accepted
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh) Not accepted
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh) Not accepted
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh) Not accepted
AS The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D2, D3, M2 D3, M2, M2 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, and Geography.
Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.
City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths) Not accepted
Extended Project Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales).
HNC (BTEC) Not accepted
HND (BTEC) Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points Pass with overall score of 32 points, with 16 points required at higher level: including 6 points from Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programmes (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD DD + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D D + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD DDD + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D D*D* + AB at A-Level or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D D + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D* D*D* + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths) Not accepted
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD DD + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D D + AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D D+AB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher BB Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual's academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of the pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information.
Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.
Scottish HNC Not accepted
Scottish HND Not accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A - B ABB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Biology and one further science subject.
WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths) Not accepted

"GCSEs: The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). Some degree subjects stipulate specific additional GCSE minimum grades, which will be specified as part of the individual degree programme entry requirements.
Contextual admissions: The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. For more information on the University of Southampton’s Contextual Admissions Policy, please see our contextual admissions webpage.
English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage.
AQA Tech Levels: The University accepts the new AQA Tech Level qualification, which must be offered in combination with at least one A Level. For degrees in Engineering, Computing and related subjects, the A Level must be in Mathematics and the units M1 and M2 must be taken. Typical entry criteria for degrees in Engineering will be to achieve an A in the A Level plus D*D in the Tech Level, or A* in the A Level plus DD in the Tech Level. For Computer Science and Information and Technology in Organisations, typical offers will be to achieve an A in the A Level and DD in the Tech Level."

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/undergraduate/courses/marine_biology_list.page

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £20,320 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

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2019. Fees for entry in September 2020 will be available at the end of August 2019. Please see our website for further details and updates : https://www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/fees-funding/ug-fees-funding/ug-fees/ug-fees-table.page

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