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Biology (Conservation Biology) Bath Spa University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Our specialist BSc (Hons) Biology in Conservation Biology pathway enables you to develop your skills in a contemporary and practical degree. Biology has a strong practical element and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to study plants and animals in the wild as well as in our laboratories. In addition to these core topics, you’ll take specialised modules in conservation biology, gaining a range of appropriate knowledge and skills.You’ll graduate with skills tailored for the practical job market, well placed for a career in environmental / ecology consultancy, research or further study in conservation.

  • Cover a broad range of fundamental biology topics, from cell biology and genetics to plant, animal and human biology.

  • Study the latest practical techniques for studying conservation with a particular emphasis on the real world and its constraints.

  • Opportunity to specialise in ecological topics.

  • A practical course which uses contemporary learning methods.

  • High employability of graduates.

Course details


Year 1: Introduction to Biological Sciences (c), Biodiversity and Conservation (c), Food Nutrition and Health, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, Global Food Issues, Human Biology, Investigating Earth Environments. Year 2:Biology: The Science of Life (c), Biological Research Skills (c), Biodiversity Tools and Techniques (c), Ecology (c), Applied Microbiology, Environmental Sustainability, Epidemiology and Public Health, Food Product Development, Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition Work Placement, Abnormal Psychology, Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Science Publishing. Year 3: Biology Dissertation (c), Nature Conservation in Context (c), Animal Behaviour, Digital Imaging, Environmental Consultancy, Food Safety, Marine Biology, Medical Biology, Nutrition and Exercise Science, Plants and People, Enterprise: Creating Your Own Business, Successful Freelancing, Science Publishing Project, Neuropsychology, Individuals, Individuals, Health and Society. Please note: (c) = compulsory module

Assessment method

Year 1 focuses on fundamental topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution, classification, food production and ecosystems. You’ll also study a biodiversity and conservation module to develop your knowledge and skills in many contemporary themes of plant and animal conservation.

Year 2 covers a range of important human, animal and plant biology. You’ll consider important concepts in biology such as ethics, biosecurity, genetics and technology. Additional topics include ecology, microbiology, human pathophysiology, biodiversity and microbiology.

Finally year 3 sees single honours and major students carrying out a dissertation in their final year. This substantial research project gives you the experience of being responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on a conservation biology topic. In addition you may study topics in nature conservation, animal behaviour, marine biology and more.

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How to apply

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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
A level CCC A Level Grades CCC including Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology (including a Pass in the Practical Skills Assessment).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended Diploma minimum grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in a science or related subject.
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) in a science or related subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of study in Science accepted.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

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Bath Spa University
Newton Park
Newton St Loe

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