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Heriot-Watt University

Biological Sciences

UCAS Code: C120
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

70%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
74% LOW
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£18.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

To include one science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics)

Scottish Highers
AABBB

To include one science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics)

Scottish Advanced Highers
BB

Biology at grade B.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
27

To include 5 in Higher Level Biology

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

70%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

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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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Heriot-Watt University is ranked 1st in Scotland for Biology (National Student Survey 2013). 97% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 90% were in work/study within six months of completing the programme. This is a broad-based Biology programme with the opportunity in Levels 3 and 4 to select from a diversity of courses ranging from molecular biology and genomics to marine and environmental topics, according to your interests.

Modules

Year 1: 12 modules cover: introductory biology; applied biology; environmental biology; chemistry; mathematics or physics; information technology skills. Year 2: 12 modules cover: cells and molecules; metabolism; biology of micro-organisms; plant biology; animal biology; toxicology and pollution biology; statistics; organic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental processes or management. Year 3: 4 modules from each of groups A, B and C: group A: macromolecules; recombinant DNA technology; food microbiology; practical food microbiology; brewing and distilling science; practical marine ecology; coastal biology; oceanography; process technology; group B: molecular biology; microbial pathology; practical microbial pathology; biochemistry practical; brewing and distilling science; benthic/pelagic biology; practical invertebrate biology; diving science; process technology; group C: cell biology; biochemistry project; advanced biology; brewing/distilling project; fish and fisheries; marine science applications; nutrition; molecular communication; process technology. Year 4: Biological sciences: choice of modules building on 3rd year subjects; research project.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
25%
75%

Year 1

28%
72%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

13%
87%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
53%
24%
23%

Year 1

52%
30%
18%

Year 2

57%
35%
8%

Year 3

47%
39%
14%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 74% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

56%

Feedback on work has been prompt

51%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
10% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
368 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
1% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% MED
Average graduate salary £18.5k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

5%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

5%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. 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). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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