University of York

Biotechnology and Microbiology University of York Degree level: Undergraduate


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Microorganisms are an important but often misunderstood form of life. The causative agents of many diseases, microbes can also be exploited as "cell factories" to produce a wide range of useful products, provide the means to decontaminate polluted environments and act as models for understanding biological processes. At York you will learn about the practical application of biological knowledge to economically important areas, such as health, food and the environment.

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAA Essential Subjects:
Biology and a second Science are essential. We consider the following subjects to be sciences for the purpose of admissions: Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Psychology, Statistics, and Computer Science. Human Biology is also accepted in place of Biology.

Excluded Subjects:
General Studies and Critical Thinking

Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to pass.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We consider a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels, or in combination with A levels or other qualifications.

A Level in Biology and a second Science (or equivalent qualification) are essential. We also consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science with all 7 mandatory units plus 3 units from units 8,9,10,11,12,17 and 20 or 2 units from this list plus 1 from 13,14,18 and 19.
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher including units in Biology and a second Science.
Scottish Higher AAAAA Only acceptable in conjunction with Scottish Advanced Highers.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 Cambridge Pre-U Biology and a second Science are essential.
Extended Project B We recognise the value of this qualification and for this programme you will be eligible for a reduced offer of one grade below the typical offer, where an EPQ is taken alongside 3 A Levels or equivalent and you achieve a mark of grade B or higher.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points With 6 in Higher Level Biology and a second Science.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD We consider a range of OCR qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels, or in combination with A Levels or other qualifications.

A Level in Biology and a second Science (or equivalent qualification) are essential. We may also consider relevant units in your OCR Cambridge Technical as A Level equivalent.
Scottish Advanced Higher AA Acceptable in conjunction with Scottish Highers.

Advanced Higher Biology and a second Science are essential.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A We will consider this qualification alongside or in combination with A Levels or other qualifications, as equivalent to one A Level.

We consider a wide range of qualifications for entry. If your qualification or combination of qualifications is not listed here please visit our website for further information:

Although we do not typically hold interviews for this course, mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications may be invited to attend an interview.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £22,080 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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University of York
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