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Aston University, Birmingham

Neuroscience

UCAS Code: B140

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

ABB - BBB in three A levels subjects which must include one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-31

32 - 31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include one from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.

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

DD

We consider BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below. With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B in either Biology or Chemistry A-Level

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

D

We consider BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below. With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A Level subjects of which one must be in either Biology or Chemistry

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

DDD

We consider BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below. With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B in either Biology or Chemistry A-Level.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

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

88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Neuroscience

Our four year BSc (Hons) Neuroscience course with integrated placement, focuses on science at the cutting-edge, where new technological advancements provide sophisticated and sensitive methodologies for understanding brain and brain-behaviour relationships that were largely unachievable only a decade ago.

For the duration of the course you will receive broad training in the understanding of the brain and nervous system at multiple scales. Through a series of core and optional modules delivered across three years of study, and a compulsory placement year, you’ll learn about the microscopic to the whole organism in both health and disease. The placement 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.

Our course covers the elements of biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy, developmental biology, pharmacology, psychology and cellular and network physiology that underlie modern neuroscience. You can specialise in your final year in areas that most interest you. The course has a large practical element to give you hands-on experience of working at whole brain and in vitro levels. In addition, you will gain an understanding of ethical and social issues surrounding research in neuroscience and its application to medical conditions.

As you graduate with your degree in neuroscience you will have a wide array of work opportunities in both the public and private sectors available to you.

**Key course benefits:**

- Access to state-of-the-art neuroscience laboratory equipped with research-grade brain slice recording systems.

- 1st in the UK for Value Added (The Guardian University Guide, 2020).

- Enhance your CV and gain experience with the integrated placement year.

Modules

Year 1*
Experience a thorough and hands-on grounding in the core principles and techniques used in neuroscience, covering subjects such as neurophysiology, abnormal psychology, cell biology and inheritance and population genetics.

Year 2*
Perform receptor pharmacology and electrophysiology experiments in the lab, and study core subjects such as brain and behaviour, systems neuropharmacology and advanced statistics.

Placement year
Gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally.

Final year*
Undertake an original research project and round off your neuroscience education studying advanced topics in neurophysiology, synaptic plasticity, brain imaging and behaviour as well as disease states like epilepsy, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia.

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

*In order to offer you the best possible experience and keep your programmes up to date and relevant, the
University is going through a transition period at the date the content is set out (January 2019). The University is reconfiguring a number of its programmes so for the latest information please refer to our university website.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,900
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


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.

65%
low
Neuroscience

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.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
61%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
37%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Neuroscience

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£32k

£32k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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