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Are you excited by the natural world and want to be on the frontline of tackling issues like fighting disease, protecting endangered species, and combating food and water shortages?
This accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree course gives you the knowledge and skills to support your interest in living things.
With it, you can build a career in education, research, scientific journalism or the biotechnology and environmental sectors. You'll also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Society of Biology.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification is recognised in the industry. This gives you an edge over those who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
Develop your knowledge and abilities by learning from internationally recognised scientists who are leading the way in their respective fields
Cover areas at the forefront of scientific endeavour, including biotechnology, ecology, cell biology and molecular biology
Put your knowledge to work in the lab, using world-class equipment and the latest technology
Specialise in subjects that interest you most, from marine and terrestrial biology, to molecular genetics
Develop problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills alongside technical skills
Explore the diversity of local ecosystems and go on field trips to UK and tropical destinations such as Lulworth Cove, Devon and Mexico
Have the chance to study abroad on a conservation or research scheme
Equipment you can use on this course includes:
molecular biology instrumentation
chemical analysis facilities for detecting pollutants
- fluorescence microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes
Facilities you can use include:
microbiology and embryology laboratories with high-tech imaging and gene analysis equipment
ancient DNA preparation and analysis laboratories
water quality laboratory
the European Xenopus Resource Centre
- research greenhouse
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Biology degree?
Completing this BSc (Hons) Biology degree course will open doors to further study and academic research. As a modern biologist, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as:
the food industry
What jobs can you do with a Biology degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
biomedical sales specialist
- ecological surveyor
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll support you for up to 5 years after you graduate.
Year 1 core modules in this year include: Biodiversity & Evolution, Ecology, Plants and Human Impact, Experimental Biology, Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Biology.
Year 2 core modules in this year include: Community Ecology and Residential Field Course.
Optional modules in this year currently include: Animal Science, Business for Biosciences, Cell Biology, Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, Development; How Form and Function Changes, Enzymes and Metabolism, Genetics, Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems, Introduction to Teaching, Marine Organisms and Ecosystem, Microbiology, Plant Science.
Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Year 3 core modules in this year include: Honours Project.
Optional modules in this year currently include: Aspects of Terrestrial Ecology and Evolution, Biotechnology, Environmental Microbiology, Gene Organisation And Expression, Genes and Development, Genomics in Molecular Medicine, Marine Ecology and Conservation.
You’ll be assessed through written exams, coursework, essays and practical write-ups, presentations, multiple choice tests, a research project.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Royal Society of Biology
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.|
|A level||112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Must be in a Science subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include a Principal Subject in Biology at M2.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||27 points||27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Biology. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H3, H4||To include Higher Level Biology at H3.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||112 Tariff points, to include Biology at grade C.|
CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.|
|PTE Academic||54.0||An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79.0||79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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Clearing contact details
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023 9284 8000
Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,
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