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Brunel University London

Life Sciences

UCAS Code: LF01

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science or Maths

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Complete and pass Access to Science or Biomedical Science or Medicine or Health and Human Science course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units (All Biology and Chemistry units must be Distinctions at level 3).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

including grade M2 in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science or Maths

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

D

with A levels grade BB in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in a relevant subject with an A level grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Physics

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

in Applied Science

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

DD

in a relevant subject with an A level grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Physics

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

D

with A levels grade BB in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics

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

DDD

Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Others in biosciences

The ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner solving problems using the latest analytical and computational techniques has been identified by several Research Councils and independent reviews as an essential attribute for graduates entering the world of employment in the 21st century. Since so many problems in the life sciences require knowledge of computer programming, all students undertake a module in introductory bioinformatics.Our new Life Sciences BSc has been designed to fulfil this need. Graduates of this programme will be equipped to work in a variety of professions requiring an understanding of Life Sciences, as well as other professions that value analytical skills and logical thinking. Life sciences involve the study of living organisms. They include subjects from foundational sciences such as human biology, evolution and ecology.The life sciences capture areas that are on the cutting-edge of human knowledge, such as genetics and neuroscience. Together, the life sciences encompass our understanding of living beings on a cellular, biomechanical and psychological level, as well as how they interact with the environment. Our exciting new Life Sciences BSc includes the option of a professional placement year. The course will give you a broad understanding of the life sciences. Youll develop your knowledge of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, sports and exercise biology, biological psychology and the biological environment. The first year of the course is the same for all students. At Level 2, youll choose two specialisms from: biochemistry, cell biology, cognitive neurosciences, computational data analysis, environmental health, evolution and behaviour, genetics, infections and immunity, and sport and exercise sciences. In your final year youll continue to study your specialisms, majoring in one of them. Your module options at Levels 2 and 3 will depend on the major and minor streams you choose. In your final year students will conduct an independent empirical research project under the supervision of an academic in the Department of Life Sciences. Final year projects are often the most fulfilling aspect of the course. Our students will graduate with a unique mix of skills giving them a competitive advantage in the employment market.The course places strong emphasis on your professional development and youll boost your skills in data analysis, laboratory work, critical analysis and problem solving. Youll have the option of broadening your knowledge by choosing a non-science module such as a modern language, management or computing study block. This course will prepare you for a career in a diverse range of fields such as the sport, health and exercise industry, biomedical research and ecology, and environmental management. It will also prepare you for further study and research in life sciences.

Modules

Level 1: Compulsory - Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics, Biochemistry,Biosphere,Foundations of Psychology: Brain and Cognition,Molecular and Cellular Biology,Practical Research Skills,Quantitative Research Skills,Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 1: Teamwork and Presentation.

Level 2: Compulsory - Career Skills in Life Sciences, Introduction to Bioinformatics, Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 2: Interdisciplinary Literature Interrogation and Synthesis.

You can also choose two options from a wide range of interdisciplinary streams (details on the course web page).

Level 3: Compulsory - Final year research project, Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 3: Research Methods, Culture and Communication.

Students take all study listed for their major stream and half of the study listed for their minor stream.

Visit our website for full course and module details.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Life 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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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Natural and social science professionals
15%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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