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Our Biological Sciences degree with Preliminary Year and Professional Training Year is a five-year course. The Preliminary Year covers key topics in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and leads to a BSc in any of the subjects offered by the School of Biosciences. The purpose of the Preliminary Year is to provide students who don’t have a sufficient background in science with the basis of scientific knowledge to enable them to thrive in the year one curriculum and beyond.
Our Biological Sciences course provides the greatest possible choice and flexibility in the study of all aspects of biology, allowing you to choose modules across virtually the whole range of subjects that the School offers and tailor the degree to your own interests as they develop. You can choose to focus on a particular aspect of biology, such as organisms, ecology and environment, or opt to cover a wider range of topics.
A wide choice of subjects is available to study across the biological, biomedical, biochemical, and biomolecular sciences including, but not limited to: animal and plant biology, microbiology, genetics, systems biology, ecology, disease, behaviour, neuroscience, cell biology, development and evolution. You will also have the option of undertaking a field course (depending on module choice and availability), which can be based within the UK or overseas.
Your third year is spent on a professional work placement related to your degree. Experience shows that this greatly enhances your subsequent employment prospects.
During the course of your studies, you will also have the option of changing to a more specialist degree, such as BSc Biological Sciences (Genetics) or BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology), or to another general degree, such as Biomedical Sciences. This will depend on the modules selected in years two and three, and your Personal Tutor will be able to guide you through the options available to you. You will also have the option of switching to the MBiol integrated Master’s degree (subject to academic progress and space availability).
The programme combines scientific understanding with the development of academic skills (critical appraisal, evaluation and analysis of data) along with the development of practical, presentation and written skills within a scientific context. The course ultimately aims to produce graduates who are employable, well-informed, versatile and enthusiastic ambassadors for science.
Recent Biological Sciences graduates have gone on to careers in research institutes, environmental consultancies, drug companies, the NHS, teaching, and many non-biological careers such as banking and management. A significant number progress to undertake Master’s or PhD training programmes.
Our degrees are closely linked to the research interests of the staff who teach them, allowing you to experience the excitement of learning in an active research environment. We attract substantial external research funding and this will allow you to make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work. The School also maintains a permanently staffed Field Station in Borneo, as well as leading the University’s Sustainable Places and Water Research Institutes, allowing access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities.
This programme offers a high degree of flexibility with student choice at its core. You have the freedom to decide how your academic experience develops. You can choose to specialise in a particular area or to maintain a wide breadth of learning and explore the interdisciplinary research that underpins much of the School’s success.
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.
|Campus name||Main Site - Cardiff|
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:
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAB - ABB||Excluding Biology, Chemistry, General Studies, and Critical Thinking.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD||With a Distinction in all of the Core/Mandatory Units.|
|Extended Project||A||For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 - 32 points||Or 655 at Higher Level. Excluding Biology and Chemistry.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAB - ABB||Excluding Biology, Chemistry, General Studies, and Critical Thinking. A pass in the science practical is normally required.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||The Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.|
English language requirements
If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements/undergraduate
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£10,500||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.