University of Sheffield

Biology University of Sheffield Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our three-year BSc focuses on whole-organism biology - primarily animals, plants and microbes with some human biology. Specialist modules cover areas such as animal behaviour, evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics, conservation, climate change and molecular biology.

By studying biological processes across plants, animals and microbes you'll gain an understanding of how organisms work at the molecular level, how they behave and interact with each other and their environment, how they evolve, and the role they play in the functioning of ecosystems. The course is flexible. There are over 60 modules available, across all major areas of biology, so you can design your degree to suit your interests. There are also optional modules available in biomedical science, molecular and microbiology, even philosophy. You may need A Level Chemistry to take these modules.

There are optional field courses in the Peak District National Park (UK), Anglesey (UK), Ireland, Arctic Sweden, the Mediterranean, the tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo and Tanzania.

The Times Good University Guide has put Sheffield in the UK top 10 for biosciences every year since 2009.

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

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Course code C100
Institution code S18
Campus name Main Site
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 including Biology and a second science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 0 credits
60 credits overall with Biology and a second science at level 3. Applicants are considered individually
Scottish Higher AAABB including a second science plus grade B in Biology in Scottish Advanced Higher
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 including Biology and a second science
Extended Project B plus grades ABB including grade B from Biology and a second science at A-level
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points including 6 in Higher Level Biology and a second science
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H1, H1, H2 including Biology and a second science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD in Applied Science with Distinctions in all Science units plus either a minimum of grade B in A level Biology or grade A in another A level science
Scottish Advanced Higher B in Biology plus AAABB including a second science in Scottish Highers.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) B plus grades AA in Biology and a second science at A level

Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology.

Second science from Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies.

GCSE English at Grade C or grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 required.

Entry requirements for this course should be read alongside our Admissions policies which can be found at:

English baccalaureate policy
We do not require the English Baccalaureate for entry to our undergraduate degrees. For more details, please see our full policy statement which can be found at the following link:

A Level reform in England: Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and the University of Sheffield will expect students 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 they will receive. Please visit for further information on qualification reform.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £22,600 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

Bursaries – max available £1,250. The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to all home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your entitlement for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. £0-£25,000 - £1,000 £25,001-£30,000 - £500 £30,001-£40,000 - £250. As well as the above you may be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your household income, postcode and grades. Check our Student Funding Calculator to see what you could get. Further information: Enhanced Bursaries – max available £4,500 If you are a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. Scholarships - The University of Sheffield offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check which scholarships you could be eligible for. Further information:

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University of Sheffield
Western Bank
S10 2TN

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