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Biology with a Modern Language University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our BSc Biology with a Modern Language course will enable you to develop your language skills while covering a diverse range of topics within the study of living organisms.

You will be able discover areas of interest early on in your degree and choose what you want to focus on. You can keep your options open and cover a wide variety of areas, or you can identify those that interest and hopefully excite you to focus on particular biological topics.

A highlight of the course is the opportunity to go on a field course in the UK and abroad, travelling to locations chosen for the richness of their flora and fauna.

We offer French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin for the language component of the course, which includes a year abroad on a research placement.

Our course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology , which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

Connect with other languages students

Learn alongside other students taking a variety of language degrees at the University, giving you the opportunity to practice your skills with your fellow students and make new friends.

Study in the field

Travel to locations in the UK or countries such as Mallorca or South Africa on a field course .

Foundation year available

You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first.

Flexibility to transfer between courses

You can transfer away from this course to most of our biological sciences degree courses at the end of your first year or, in some cases, later. You can only transfer onto it if you have completed the required language units in Year 1.

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 C106
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
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 AAA - ABB Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

We require Grades AAA-ABB. Your subjects should include two of the Hard Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. If any of your science A-levels include a separate practical component, you must also achieve a Pass in this component.

You must have a Grade A in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. If your Grades are AAB or higher, we will accept a Grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the Hard Sciences.

Subjects with overlapping content are not normally considered as separate A-levels e.g. Further Maths is not considered alongside Maths and Human Biology is not considered alongside Biology.

General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer. Your offer will be based on the above criteria as well as your predicted grades and past performance.

Language Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, each language has specific entry requirements.

French: an A-level in French (Grade B) or equivalent is required.

German: an A-level in German (Grade B) or equivalent is required.

Spanish: an A-level in Spanish (Grade B) or equivalent is required.

Italian: an A-level in Italian (Grade B) or equivalent is required.

Japanese: no prior knowledge of Japanese is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required, e.g. GCSE Grade A/7 in a foreign language. Chemistry AS-level (Grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally Grade B).

Mandarin: no prior knowledge of Mandarin is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required, e.g. GCSE Grade A/7 in a foreign language. Chemistry AS-level Grade B is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally Grade B).

Typical Contextual Offer: AAB-ABC (including specific subjects).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We consider the National Extended Diploma in Applied Science with Grades DDD for entry when it is taken with one science A-level with Grade A.

Language Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances. In general, we require 60 credits overall, with 45 at level 3. The level 3 units must be made up of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction.

We will also consider applications from applicants whose course has allowed only 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology, with the remaining three credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

We also have specific entry requirements for each language. Please contact us for further information.
Scottish Higher Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations:

Three Advanced Highers with grades AAB-BBB including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry or two Advanced Highers with Grades AA-BB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry, plus two additional Highers with Grades AA-BB

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language Scottish Advanced Highers or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A in National 5/Grade A in Intermediate 2/Grade 1 in Standard Grade Credit level in a foreign language and Scottish Highers Chemistry. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.

Students with Highers only with Grades AAAAA-AABBB may be considered for the Foundation Year.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 - D3, M1, M1 We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

We require D3,D3,D3 to D3,M1,M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U, including Chemistry and one other science subject. You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects.

For French, Spanish, Italian and German, you must achieve M1 in your chosen language. Applicants with an acceptable qualification in a foreign language can also be considered for Mandarin and Japanese.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications
or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk for clarification.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 - 33 points 36-33 points overall with 6,6,6 to 6,5,5 at Higher Level including two sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry. For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher Level. For degrees with Mandarin or Japanese, 5 points is required in a foreign language at Standard Level.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).

Language Entry Requirements


In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).

Language Entry Requirements


In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).

Language Entry Requirements


In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma We consider all the Cambridge Level 3 Technicals (except the Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate) with Grade D or above for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).

Language Entry Requirements


In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We consider the National Diploma in Applied Science with Grades DD for entry when it is taken with two A-levels including Grade A in a science subject and a minimum of Grade B in any other subject.

Language Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We consider the National Extended Certificate in any subject with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).

Language Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We consider the National Foundation Diploma in any subject with Grade D for entry when it is taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).

Language Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.
Scottish Advanced Higher Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations:

Three Advanced Highers with grades AAB-BBB including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry or two Advanced Highers with Grades AA-BB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry, plus two additional Highers with Grades AA-BB

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language Scottish Advanced Highers or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A in National 5/Grade A in Intermediate 2/Grade 1 in Standard Grade Credit level in a foreign language and Scottish Highers Chemistry. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.

Students with Highers only with Grades AAAAA-AABBB may be considered for the Foundation Year.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and would consider it when it is taken with two science A-levels. The minimum grades required will normally be the same as the A-levels.

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of Grade B in the relevant language A-level or an acceptable equivalent language qualification. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require Grade A/7 in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Audition


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With no less than 6.5 in any component. Or an equivalent qualification.

GCSE - Grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) in English Language.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £24,000 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

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