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Biology University of Southampton Degree level: Undergraduate

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Discover the science of life processes from molecules and cells to whole organisms and ecosystem. This three-year degree is a flexible programme that prepares you for a broad choice of potential careers including working within the agricultural sector, being involved in conservation and the environment, to jobs in medicine, biotechnology or business.
Students are taught by our expert staff who are actively engaged in high-profile research. Our state-of-the-art life sciences building provides a range of modern facilities such as plant growth, tissue culture and invertebrate facilities.
You will explore diverse biosciences subject matter and gain extensive practical experience from a variety of field trips in the UK, Belize and Spain. You can also benefit from the close links we have with the nearby Marwell Wildlife organisation.

Course details

Modules

Patterns of Life - Macromolecules of Life - Systems Physiology -Cell Biology & Genetics - Experimental and Field Biology
Ecology & Evolution - Core Skills in the Life Sciences - Metabolism & Metabolic Disorders - Integrative Mammalian Physiology
Cell and Tissue Histology - Introduction to Marine Ecology - The Living Earth - Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science - Evolution - Plant Development and Function - Bioinformatics and Systems Biology - Cancer & Chromosome Biology - Biomedical Parasitology -Evolution and Development - Fluxes, Cycles, and Microbial Communities
Tropical Ecology Field Course - Behavioural Ecology

Assessment method

Assessment of your knowledge base is through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework
in the form of laboratory and fieldwork practical reports, essays and project reports and presentations.


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 C100
Institution code S27
Campus name Main Site - Highfield Campus
Campus code -

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 AAB AAB to include Biology and one further science subject. A level science subjects considered include Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD DDD + AA 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 AABBB 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 D3, D3, M2 D3, D3, M2 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology 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
HNC (BTEC) Not accepted
HND (BTEC) Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points required at higher level: including 6 points from Biology and 6 points from one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, 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, H2, H2 H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, 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 Diploma DD DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD DDD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D D*D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D* D*D* + AA 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 + AA 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 + AA 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 + AA 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 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 AAB 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/biosci/undergraduate/courses/c100_bsc_biology.page#entry_requirements

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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