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Aberystwyth University

Biology (with integrated year in industry)

UCAS Code: C102

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

To include B in Biology/Human Biology.

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-30

To include 5 points in Biology at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

To include specified units.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

To include B in A-level Biology/Human Biology or equivalent.

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich including industrial placement | 2020

Subject

Biology

Would you like to enhance your employability prospects whilst at the same time studying? Are you the kind of person who finds every aspect of the living world fascinating? The kind of person who one minute is marvelling at the machinery of gene expression, and the next minute wondering about the flight of birds? If that is you, then Biology with the integrated year in industry at Aberystwyth is the degree for you. Aberystwyth is situated amongst hills, wooded valleys, wetlands, sandy and rocky shores and, of course alongside the pristine waters of Cardigan Bay. If you want wildlife, Aberystwyth has it all.

Students on this course could be studying microbiology in the morning, and investigating the life found in sand dunes in the afternoon; you don’t have to limit yourself to just one area of Biology. You can keep your options open or specialise; our degree structure allows you to do either. You will be taught by passionate, engaged, friendly and staff with expertise across the full range of Biological topics. You will be studying in one of the **top 5 UK Universities and 1st in Wales** for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Biology (C100).

Your academic studies will be bolstered by a wealth of laboratory and field classes which build real scientific skills essential for your future. Our teaching and E-learning facilities provide you with an outstanding learning experience integrating the classroom sessions and a vast repository of study resources. This degree is engineered to give you a head start in the competitive job market after graduation. Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/an internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Completing a year in industry will allow you to: Apply the learning from your course to the work environment; Make industry contacts; Develop practical skills related to your area of study; Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study; Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating. If you are unable to obtain a work experience placement, don't worry, you will have the opportunity to transfer to its sister course BSc Biology C100.

**What are our graduates doing now?**

Research scientist; Clinical molecular geneticist; Nature conservation officer; Education. Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in Dentistry; Medicine; Science writers.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,320
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

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