Biological Sciences (including Professional Training Year)UCAS Code: C101
What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
AAB to applicants holding Biology or Chemistry as their only science. AAB-ABB for applicants holding a second science in addition to either Biology or Chemistry. Where an AAB offer is made to an applicant holding a single science, a grade A will be required in either Biology or Chemistry. Human Biology will be accepted in place of Biology. The most commonly offered second science subjects are Maths, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education, Environmental Science, and Geography. Offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required.
AAB to applicants holding Biology or Chemistry as their only science. AAB-ABB for applicants holding a second science in addition to either Biology or Chemistry. Where an AAB offer is made to an applicant holding a single science, a grade A will be required in either Biology or Chemistry. Human Biology will be accepted in place of Biology. The most commonly offered second science subjects are Maths, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education, Environmental Science, and Geography. Offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
DDD in the BTEC RQF Extended Diploma in Applied Science, with D in all of the Core/Mandatory Units
with 666 at Higher level to include Biology and Chemistry; or 35 Points and 7 in either Biology or Chemistry at Higher level
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers96%
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,000
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Our Biological Sciences degree with Professional Training Year provides the greatest possible choice and flexibility in the study of all aspects of biology, allowing you to choose modules across virtually the whole range of subjects that the School offers and tailor the degree to your own interests as they develop. You can choose to focus on a particular aspect of biology, such as organisms, ecology and environment, or opt to cover a wider range of topics. A wide choice of subjects is available to study across the biological, biomedical, biochemical, and biomolecular sciences including, but not limited to: animal and plant biology, microbiology, genetics, systems biology, ecology, disease, behaviour, neuroscience, cell biology, development and evolution. You will also have the option of undertaking a field course (depending on module choice and availability), which can be based within the UK or overseas. Your third year is spent on a professional work placement related to your degree. Experience shows that this greatly enhances your subsequent employment prospects. During the course of your studies, you will also have the option of changing to a more specialist degree, such as BSc Biological Sciences (Genetics) or BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology), or to another general degree, such as Biomedical Sciences. This will depend on the modules selected in years two and three, and your Personal Tutor will be able to guide you through the options available to you. You will also have the option of switching to the MBiol integrated Master’s degree (subject to academic progress and space availability). The programme combines scientific understanding with the development of academic skills (critical appraisal, evaluation and analysis of data) along with the development of practical, presentation and written skills within a scientific context. The course ultimately aims to produce graduates who are employable, well-informed, versatile and enthusiastic ambassadors for science. Recent Biological Sciences graduates have gone on to careers in research institutes, environmental consultancies, drug companies, the NHS, teaching, and many non-biological careers such as banking and management. A significant number progress to undertake Master’s or PhD training programmes. Distinctive features Our degrees are closely linked to the research interests of the staff who teach them, allowing you to experience the excitement of learning in an active research environment. We attract substantial external research funding and this will allow you to make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work. The School also maintains a permanently staffed Field Station in Borneo, as well as leading the University’s Sustainable Places and Water Research Institutes, allowing access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities. This programme offers a high degree of flexibility with student choice at its core. You have the freedom to decide how your academic experience develops. You can choose to specialise in a particular area or to maintain a wide breadth of learning and explore the interdisciplinary research that underpins much of the School’s success.
A world-leading university in the vibrant capital city of Wales: 94% of our 2010 graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. You'll be part of a Russell Group university and one that is ranked in the top 1.5% of the 10,000 universities globally. With over 26,000 students and 6,000 staff, the academic community is the size of a small town, with an active union to match.
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