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Aston University, Birmingham

Biological Sciences

UCAS Code: C112

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

To include Biology or Human Biology (including passing the practical element).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

Access to Science considered.

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

D*DD

Applied Science or Forensic Science considered alongside a Biology A-level.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Must include Biology at higher level.

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

78%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biological sciences

Our BSc Biological Sciences course is offered as either a three or four year course with integrated placement year. It focuses on the study of life, from the simplest organism to the complexity of the human species.Throughout the course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an established, yet dynamic, area. You will gain a broad understanding and awareness in biological sciences during the first two years of the programme, before choosing either to continue on the general pathway or to specialise in cell and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology or human biology. If you pick a specialism, your final degree title will reflect this.Our graduates enter a wide range of professional careers, including research, health, welfare and the biological industries. In addition to scientific positions, some graduates enter general management and personnel work as well as product development and marketing while some continue with postgraduate study. Key course benefits:- Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology which means that the course is certified as containing a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers- Our optional placement year (4 year sandwich course) offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects- Employed Biological Sciences Aston graduates earn 1,800 (11%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2017)- Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019)- Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019) - 92% of Biology students at Aston were satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS, 2017).

Modules

Year 1
Study topics such as key skills, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, inheritance and population, genetics, development and human anatomy, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology.

Year 2
Learn more about microbiology, key skills and immunology, in addition to new topics including metabolism, molecular genetics, biotechnology, endocrinology, and molecular pathology.

Placement year (optional)
The optional placement year gives you valuable experience and will set your studies in the context of a working environment alongside professionals and boost your future employment prospects. Undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospital, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings.

Final year
In addition to a supervised research project and a key skills module, your remaining selection of modules depends on whether you decide to specialise or stay on the general biological sciences pathway. You will have a variety of modules available to you on topics such as cell biology, immunology, clinical microbiology, bioethics, stem cell biology and toxicology.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Life and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

Biosciences

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.

£21,380
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Natural and social science professionals
22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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