University of South Wales

Biology (Including Foundation Year) University of South Wales Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

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Course summary

If you don’t quite have the right qualifications to start our three year BSc (Hons) Biology degree or if you want to gain more confidence in higher level work, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation year. Are you fascinated by the scientific study of living organisms, from the molecular details of disease causing bacteria through to the ecology and evolution of large mammals? Our MBiol Biology degree is ideal if you have a keen interest in living organisms and want to gain an all-round knowledge of the subject of Biology. This complex and enthralling area of science defines our very existence, and graduates of biology degrees are well equipped to address some of the biggest problems facing our world such as how to combat antibiotic resistance, or how species adapt to climate change.

Based in our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching rooms, you’ll study a wide range of stimulating topics, and develop the broad foundation of knowledge and solid practical experience that is required to start an exciting scientific career. The acquisition of theory will be complemented by the practical application of skills on field courses in the UK and abroad (additional costs apply to overseas field courses). Our Biology degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Course details

Modules

Foundation year
Foundation Statistics
Foundations of Mathematics
Essentials of Science
Foundation Biology
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Foundation Chemistry
Physical Science
Year One consists of the following modules:

Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell (20 credits)
Genetics and Evolution (20 credits)
Biological Research Skills (20 credits)
Evolutionary Botany and Zoology (20 credits)
Principles of Ecology (20 credits)
Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
Year Two:

Human Molecular Genetics (20 credits)
Frontiers in Biology (20 credits)
GIS for the Biological Sciences (20 credits)
Vertebrate Zoology (20 credits)
Medical Microbiology (20 credits)
Plus one of:

Ecological and Wildlife assessment (20 credits)
Ethology (20 credits)
Tropical Ecology and Conservation (20 credits)
Metabolism and Biochemistry (20 credits)
Year Three:

Biology Research project (40 credits)
Humans and other primates (20 credits)
Agriculture, Evolution and Biotechnology (20 credits)
Then either two of:

Advanced Ecology (20 credits)
Marine and Freshwater Biology (20 credits)
Global Ecological Change (20 credits)
Or:
Tropical Medicine (20 credits)
Clinical and Molecular Immunology (20 credits)


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 3W6M
Institution code W01
Campus name Pontypridd
Campus code A

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 32 points To include one Science subject and to exclude General Studies. We take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
A level EE To include one Science subject and to exclude General Studies. We take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP Relevant subject required. We take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.
Access to HE Diploma D: 0 credits
M: 0 credits
P: 45 credits
Science or Mathematics Access required. Combinations of credits amounting to the same tariff points are acceptable – if you have any questions please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,000 Year 1
International £12,600 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the University website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. Students from Wales and the EU may be eligible for a means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant. Please visit the University website for full details.

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University of South Wales
Llantwit Road
Treforest
Pontypridd
CF37 1DL


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