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Keele University

Biology and Mathematics

UCAS Code: CG11
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
Student score
88% MED
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
96% MED
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
£20k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABC

GCE A Level Mathematics at grade B or above. A or AS-level Chemistry at grade C also required A Pass in Science Practical will be required if applicant is taking A level Biology, Chemistry or Physics (England)

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

Plus subject specific requirement.

International Baccalaureate
32

Higher Level Maths at grade 5 or above.

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

100%

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

£9,250

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

The Biology course concentrates on whole organisms, their relationships with the environment and one another, and the way in which they have evolved. The course starts with modules that include key aspects of the subject and impart some of the excitement of a science that is of such importance for human life on our planet. Students will also be able to choose modules and so have the opportunity to specialise in areas of the subject that reflect their interests and ambitions, such as animal biology or human biology. The emphasis throughout is on the whole organism. Cell and molecular biology receive sufficient attention to provide a basic understanding for non-biochemists. There are opportunities to study abroad at a range of partners in the USA, Canada, another part of Europe or Australia, or have an industrial placement as a sandwich year. This can be spent working in one of 16 laboratories at European institutions, including the Pasteur Institute. ERASMUS funding is available for this. In modern society there are very few areas of knowledge and practice in which mathematics does not play a part. Applications are well-established in commerce, science and technology, but mathematics is contributing increasingly to areas affecting quality of life such as health and the environment. Consequently, as a subject of study, mathematics possesses great diversity, and it offers a wide range of opportunities to identify areas that relate to our own interests, concerns, and aspirations. The course is designed to cover many different types of mathematical thinking and to illustrate its applicability in a range of practical contexts. As students progress, they will be able to select modules that reflect their personal interests and aptitudes. Support is available to consolidate mathematical capability and to facilitate successful progression through the course.

Modules

Keele University

Student concourse

Known as 'the Bubble', Keele University offers a special student experience as it's uniquely friendly and close-knit. Renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, our graduates obtain some of the best academic and employment success rates in the UK. The campus is made up of 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes and has a large resident squirrel population!

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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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 93%
Student score 88% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

74%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

76%

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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
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
56% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
349 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

7%

Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations

6%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

11%

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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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 98%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

96%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

81%

Feedback on work has been prompt

90%

Staff are good at explaining things

99%

Received sufficient advice and support

93%

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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
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
34% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
338 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £20k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

9%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

8%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK still doesn’t have as many maths teachers as we’d like, so anyone wanting to take maths and then go into teaching will be welcome. In fact, there’s felt to be a general lack of maths skills in the population at large, so this is one subject where there's demand for graduate skills. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. But for research jobs, you'll want a doctorate – and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance – and might secure salaries to match.
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