Biology University of Bath

Develop the knowledge and skills to play a vital role as a practical scientist and interpreter of modern bioscience.
You will learn about life on all scales, from the molecular to global ecosystems. You’ll start by studying a broad range of topics in modern biosciences before focussing on a few specific areas of biology. Specialisms include areas such as organismal interrelationships, developmental biology and genomic evolution.

In the first year you’ll study a broad introduction to biosciences through a set of core units. You’ll also gain hands-on experience of practical scientific techniques in dedicated undergraduate laboratories. You will be able to use your fundamental knowledge base to decide what area of biology you’d like to specialise in later.

In the final year you’ll undertake a research project, giving you first-hand experience as a researcher. Research areas include evolution and biodiversity, infection and immunity, industrial biotechnology and developmental biology.

You’ll graduate with a solid foundation for further study or for graduate roles where a broader knowledge of biosciences is needed. The skills you develop will also prepare you for a wide array of other careers.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    October 2018

  • Duration

    3 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

To guarantee the university or college will consider you for this course, you must apply by:

15 January

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C100
Institution code B16
Campus name Main Site

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

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 - A*AB Compulsory A level subjects
AAA or A*AB including A in Biology and A in a second science or mathematics subject.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application
A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative A level offer
AAB including grade A in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject plus one of the following:

Grade A in an EPQ
Grade B in the Welsh Bacc Skills Challenge Certificate
Grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Desirable skills or experience
The second essential subject can be one of the following: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Further mathematics, Environmental Science/Studies, Food Science (or Food Technology), Electronics, Geology, Statistics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma D*DD Typical Offer: D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science.

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Applied Science. It is important that your combination of optional units has an appropriate mix of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics content to prepare you for our course. 'Unit 7: Mathematical Calculations for Science' is essential unless you have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. If we make you an offer, we may specify particular units in which you will need to achieve Distinctions. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of your optional units before making an application.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.
Access to HE Diploma D: 36 credits
M: 3 credits
P: credits
Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering), with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include at least 30 credits achieved at Distinction from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) units, of which at least 12 credits must be from Biology units.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects D3, D3, D3 - D2, D3, M1 Cambridge Pre-U typical offer
D3, D3, D3 or D2, D3, M1 including grade D3 in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer
D3, D3, M1 including grade D3 in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject plus one of the following:

grade A in an EPQ
grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
If you apply with one of the above project qualifications you should receive both the typical and alternative offer.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points 36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 or 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Biology and a second HL science or mathematics subject.
Scottish Advanced Higher AA AA in Advanced Highers including Biology and a second science or mathematics subject plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

The second essential subject can be one of the following: Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Geography or Psychology.

GSCE requirements
GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4 plus GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category C).
For further qualifications information and English Language equivalents, please see:
go.bath.ac.uk/bio


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 entry are to be announced and are liable to increase annually. UK, EU and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on 2017 fees visit our web pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/tuition-fees-for-undergraduate-courses-starting-in-2017/