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Bath Spa University

Biology (Microbiology) - (Professional Placement Year)

UCAS Code: C112

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

A level grades CCC with Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology minimum

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

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 required with grade 5 in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology at Higher Level

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

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2020

Subject

Microbiology

We live in a microbial world and this pathway will introduce you to that world and its relevance to Biology. You will be taught by lecturers with expertise in food microbiology, environmental microbiology and health microbiology, and those topics will form the basis of this pathway. From the basics of microbial cell structure and function, through to microbial metabolism and genetics, microbial systems and ultimately real world applications of microbiology, this pathway will equip you with a broad base understanding of this topic and open up careers and post-graduate study in the field.

The key modules in this pathway will introduce you to the microbial world, and teach you the skills to grow and identify microbes and explore their role in the environment, in health and in food safety and production. You will also develop your laboratory and microscopy skills enabling you culture and identify microbes safely. Laboratory skills will be developed across the entire programme enabling you to design your own research project to investigate an aspect of microbiology for your final year dissertation. This pathway will focus primarily on bacteria but fungi, archaea, viruses and some eukaryotic microbes will also be investigated. The modules will develop your understanding of microbes, beginning with cell structure and function and microbial evolution. Microbial metabolism and genetics will lead to an understanding of microbial systems and how microbes live in diverse and dynamic communities and interact with other organisms in both beneficial and detrimental ways. Ultimately you will gain an understanding of the nature and role of microbes and their fundamental role in life processes. This microbiology pathway is part of the broader Biology programme allowing you to study other Biology modules to give you a broad biology degree with a specific focus on microbiology.

**More about the Professional Placement Year**
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Modules

Year 1 covers microbiology fundamentals, including classification, structure, function, growth and nutrition. Laboratory skills on safely and correctly culturing, counting and identifying microbes will be introduced.

Year 2 introduces more applied content, studying microbes in their natural environment, their interactions with other microbes and organisms, and examining how to use practical techniques to diagnose disease and develop new antibiotics. You will further develop research skills in microbiology, and carry out an independent project.

Year 3 focuses on more specific skills needed for the workplace, typically food manufacture, medical roles and in the environment. You will complete a microbiology dissertation project.

Assessment methods

The assessments will include written coursework, key practical skills, presentations and some traditional exams. Coursework will include practical files, laboratory report, essays and technical reports.

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


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
B

After graduation


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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.

£17,850
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
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?

If you want a career in microbiology, then this is the degree to take. The recession hit the job market for microbiologists particularly badly, but things have improved very significantly since then, and microbiologists are now amongst the most employable biological sciences graduates. We don't produce many graduates in the subject every year and a lot take further qualifications on graduating. Microbiology graduates who want to leave the lab can find jobs in most industries - not just in health and hospitals, but in the food and drink, water and ecology sectors, too.

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