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Bath Spa University

Biology (Conservation Biology)

UCAS Code: 86T4

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

A Level Grades BCC -CCC with a minimum Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology (including a Pass in the Practical Skills Assessment).

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) in a science or related subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of study in Science accepted.

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

MMM

Extended Diploma minimum grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in a science or related subject.

UCAS Tariff

96-104

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

86%
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

6 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Biology

Our specialist BSc (Hons) Biology in Conservation Biology pathway enables you to develop your skills in a contemporary and practical degree. Biology has a strong practical element and youll have plenty of opportunities to study plants and animals in the wild as well as in our laboratories. In addition to these core topics, youll take specialised modules in conservation biology, gaining a range of appropriate knowledge and skills.Youll graduate with skills tailored for the practical job market, well placed for a career in environmental / ecology consultancy, research or further study in conservation.- Cover a broad range of fundamental biology topics, from cell biology and genetics to plant, animal and human biology.- Study the latest practical techniques for studying conservation with a particular emphasis on the real world and its constraints. - Opportunity to specialise in ecological topics. - A practical course which uses contemporary learning methods. - High employability of graduates.

Modules

Year 1: Introduction to Biological Sciences (c), Biodiversity and Conservation (c), Food Nutrition and Health, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, Global Food Issues, Human Biology, Investigating Earth Environments. Year 2:Biology: The Science of Life (c), Biological Research Skills (c), Biodiversity Tools and Techniques (c), Ecology (c), Applied Microbiology, Environmental Sustainability, Epidemiology and Public Health, Food Product Development, Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition Work Placement, Abnormal Psychology, Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Science Publishing. Year 3: Biology Dissertation (c), Nature Conservation in Context (c), Animal Behaviour, Digital Imaging, Environmental Consultancy, Food Safety, Marine Biology, Medical Biology, Nutrition and Exercise Science, Plants and People, Enterprise: Creating Your Own Business, Successful Freelancing, Science Publishing Project, Neuropsychology, Individuals, Individuals, Health and Society. Please note: (c) = compulsory module

Assessment methods

Year 1 focuses on fundamental topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution, classification, food production and ecosystems. You’ll also study a biodiversity and conservation module to develop your knowledge and skills in many contemporary themes of plant and animal conservation.

Year 2 covers a range of important human, animal and plant biology. You’ll consider important concepts in biology such as ethics, biosecurity, genetics and technology. Additional topics include ecology, microbiology, human pathophysiology, biodiversity and microbiology.

Finally year 3 sees single honours and major students carrying out a dissertation in their final year. This substantial research project gives you the experience of being responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on a conservation biology topic. In addition you may study topics in nature conservation, animal behaviour, marine biology and more.

Please refer to our website for further information.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

College of Liberal Arts

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.

76%
low
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

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

70%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
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.

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.

£17,850
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Other elementary services occupations
16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Teaching and educational 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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